Independent Living

New service for visually impaired adults with complex needs opens in Edinburgh


A brand new service for visually impaired adults with complex needs has opened its doors to residents. 

Allermuir, a specially designed care home in The Inch, Edinburgh, has been set up by Scottish charity, Royal Blind. 

The home is an extension of the charity’s adult services, building upon the success of its Forward Vision service for people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment aged 17-25.  

Allermuir will provide a home for life and community-based supported living with an excellent quality of care for adults with sight loss and complex needs aged 17 and over. 

And now all four of Allermuir’s residents have moved into the care home.

Sainsbury’s becomes first retailer to trial Slow Shopping concept


• Slow Shopping is designed to help the most vulnerable shoppers

• Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours in the past year on disability awareness training 

To help elderly customers and those with disabilities Sainsbury’s store in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is trialling a new concept called Slow Shopping. 

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service


A long-serving customer of Derbyshire vehicle adaptation firm Autochair has paid tribute to its founder for helping his wife retain her independence for nearly 20 years.

John Edwards said the expertise of David Walker, who set up the firm more than 30 years ago, had greatly benefitted his wife Hetty’s life after a scooter hoist was first fitted into their car in 1997.

Mrs Edwards has arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to get about and which is why the couple had bought a scooter in the first place, but it was too heavy for them to lift into their then car, a Mitsubishi Shogun, if they wanted to go further afield.

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Ross Hovey’s mobile phone is his lifeline and in connecting LightwaveRF’s smart home solutions he has transformed his home and way of life.

A Liverpool football fan and banking professional, he has a rare neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy - a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.  For 37 years old Ross, this means loss of strength in his arms and legs.

With support from his parents nearby, his specially designed wheelchair, team of dedicated carers and LightwaveRF smart home solutions, Ross lives independently in his home in Cambridge.

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer


Summer 2016 is finally here, which means you’re probably already thinking about where your next day trip will take you. 

Whether it’s a day at the seaside or a stroll through the park, you want the experience to be as hassle-free as possible – not always easy when you or a member of your party suffers from limited mobility.

Before packing your bags, consider our pick of some of the most travel friendly mobility aids on the market.

1. Elite Care EC1863 Compact Wheelchair

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs: customisation, flexibility and lots of freedom of movement

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs:


Lagooni BV was established by Paul Kampshoff. An industrial designer with South African roots, Paul had been working as an industrial designer for his own company Vision XP for several years before he started Lagooni. At Vision XP he also developed products for functionally impaired people. He relies on his own experiences for his designs.

Remap – making things possible

Spoon - Remap, making things possible


Holding cutlery and being able to eat by yourself is a great boost to independence, so when Hazel could no longer hold cutlery or use any off-the-peg aids she worried for her future.Then she remembered Remap, the charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge. She contacted Remap on 01732 760209 and explained that she was unable to use the fingers of one hand and had limited arm movement as a result of post-polio syndrome. Something would have to be designed especially for her. 

What happens when you have to remodel your home as a result of a loved one becoming disabled?

What happens when you have to remodel your home as a result of a loved one becoming disabled?

When somebody suffers a serious injury or medical condition in an accident, it can often unfortunately mean that the victim becomes permanently disabled - their lives, and the lives of their family and friends, change forever.

If the accident was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation offers the victim and their family the chance to get their lives back, as close as possible, to the position they were in before the accident. Many people have the misconception that it’s all as simple as putting a claim in and then being handed a ‘windfall’ of potentially millions of pounds to spend on whatever they like. But that’s just not true. 



A group of people with learning disabilities are making the most of the recent sunny weather with barbecues and picnics at the supported living service where they live at Haverhill in Suffolk.

John Jopling who leads the team supporting the individuals who live at Withersfield Lodge said: “They’re really enjoying being able to eat outside now that it’s warmer, and are having a great time deciding what they want to eat and preparing their own food.

“These are the normal things of daily life which most of us take for granted, and it’s incredibly rewarding when the support we give our service users enables them to independently achieve these pleasures.”