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Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

-          Hebden Bridge’s Steve Bate MBE will attempt the feat on a ‘fat bike’, the first time this has ever been done
 
-          The 39-year-old, who only has 6% of his vision remaining, will lead a group of ten cyclists who are raising money for national disability charity Sense

 

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

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We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.

Bathrooms for the less able

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Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.

Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge.  Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

UWE student, blind for 12 years, takes driving lessons with Young Driver at Cribbs Causeway
 
Like many 19-year olds, Abdul-Azeez Balogun likes being behind the wheel of a car.
 
But, surprisingly, Abdul is completely blind in both eyes.
 
His dream of controlling a car is being realised thanks to Young Driver, which has been teaching Abdul at its Cribbs Causeway venue in Bristol.
 
Young Driver offers driving lessons to anyone aged 10 and over – including those with disabilities, which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads. Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property, normal restrictions do not apply.
 

Pocket Nook maintain ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, providing ‘a warm, caring environment that is a home in its truest sense’

Together Trust residential children’s home Pocket Nook has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The Bolton home, accredited by the National Autistic Society, provides residential care for up to five young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, a physical disability or a learning disability.

Pocket Nook is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The process of recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from person to person depending on the exact nature of the injury and the specific needs of the affected individual. The ultimate outcome and how long rehabilitation will take can be hard to predict at the outset, but by following the right steps, significant improvement can often be achieved.

 

In this article we will address some of the most common questions asked by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones about the rehabilitation and recovery process.

 

How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?

 

World Continence Week

World Continence Week

This year's World Continence Week is June 19-25. The theme, Incontinence: No laughing matter, tackles a common response by people to laugh off incontinence, accepting it as an inevitable part of childbirth or ageing, not a health issue requiring specialist treatment. 

 

With a staggering 14 million people a year in the UK suffering from bladder and bowel conditions, spread the word, reduce the stigma, know that you are not alone and know that there are things you can do to improve the condition.

 

Bladder and bowel control problems can be treated, better managed and even cured.

 

Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

The New amplicomms M9500 is the first Smartphone that turns into a remotely controlled device so Care Givers can support operation of the Phone or help in an emergency

  • Unique HELP Function for Relatives to remotely operate the phone
  • Care Giver Function – remote Call In for status check, Find My Phone operation etc.
  • SOS Button For Emergencies with Google Map GPS location of caller
  • Press & Hold Operation to avoid accidental touch dialing
  • Hearing Aid Compatible with Amplified Ringer (90dB) and Calls (40dB)

Specially designed to help older or disabled users connect to the wired world, the new amplicomms M9500 offers all the benefits of a Smartphone with some exceptional features. 

 

Shell Partners with fuelService to Make Refuelling Simple and Easy for the UK’s Disabled Drivers

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Shell has joined forces with not for profit organisation fuelService to help drivers with disabilities receive assistance at the majority of its service stations. That’s because filling-up the car is one of the biggest challenges for the UK’s disabled drivers. 

 

“Disabled drivers have always struggled to get their cars refuelled,” said Niall El-Assaad, fuelService’sfounder. “In the past the options were to use an infrared transmitter, but few service stations supported it, and at those that did, it hardly ever worked. The other option is to beep your horn, flash your lights and wave your blue badge about – which is potentially embarrassing and offers no guarantee of service.”

Customers at heart of specialist continence products

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Ontex, is a leading international producer of disposable personal hygiene solutions for all generations. Offering a comprehensive range of urinary continence products, supported by a dedicated team of professionals providing leading levels of customer service.

Recognising the importance of face-to face contact with customers, Ontex has invested in a large team of qualified nurses who offer training and support (on their iD and Lille branded products) to Care Homes and the NHS. Ontex is a key supplier to over 300 NHS organisations and is currently NHS Scotland’s preferred supplier.

Their quality, value-for-money products are also distributed in more than 110 countries through retailer private labels and leading brands including iD Expert and Lille.

Forbes Solicitors - What does becoming a Court of Protection Deputy Entail?

Victoria Motley

If you’re currently caring for someone you love and their mental capacity means they are unable to make decisions for themselves, you may want to apply to the Court of Protection to become their Deputy. Unfortunately, many carers shy away from this process as they are unsure about what the lengthy legal process entails and therefore restricting the additional support they can offer. Becoming a Deputy for those who are vulnerable is definitely no easy task, yet there are services on hand to make it as straight forward as possible.

Enham Trust petitions for greater coordination of Health and Social Care Budgets

The CEO of leading disability charity, Enham Trust, has told a key meeting of major NHS policy makers, senior doctors and health budget specialists that health and social care budgets need to be better organised, less confusing and less bureaucratic.

Speaking at the prestigious Westminster Forum for Health on Tuesday 26 January, Peta Wilkinson said that when they work, PHBs fit perfectly with the ethos of personalised care because of the choice and control they offer those that use them.


Fashion accessibility reaches new lows

 

Action needs to be taken to ensure accessibility for all, warns The British Polio Fellowship The British Polio Fellowship has warned how attitudes towards accessibility issues - especially within the fashion industry - must change. It comes following reports that a disabled model, who was set to be part of a panel in a seminar at one of the UK’s leading fashion shows, left humiliated after the show neglected to provide appropriate wheelchair access to the stage.

TGA MOBILITY WINS PRESTIGIOUS CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR SECOND TIME

The national mobility scooter specialist TGA has won the prestigious Customer Service Team of the Year Award once more at the recent British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) Annual Awards Dinner, Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London.

The BHTA is the UK’s largest healthcare association with all of its members adhering to a Trading Standards Code of Conduct. This means customers of member companies, such as TGA, can rest assured that they will receive professional support and service. The BHTA Annual Awards Dinner was a glamorous black-tie affair attended by key figures within the healthcare sector and proceeding were hosted by BBC journalist and celebrity Bill Turnbull.