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Appello launches new app, tackles social isolation

Man suffering from social isolation until introduced to the AppelloApp

Today, as part of its digital service, Smart Living Solutions, Appello launches its app, the AppelloApp​, to help older people remain safe and secure in their own homes, whilst staying connected.

The AppelloApp allows residents to video call their friends and neighbours, and manage video door entry without leaving the comfort of their armchairs – decreasing the likelihood of falls and accidents. The app will also provide a medication reminder hub, allowing residents to take ownership of their medication schedule and providing reassurance to their family and caregivers.

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from 26 per cent in 2010 to 86 per cent in 2018 and was associated with rising stress levels. Following these recent statistics, Instant Offices shows what the early signs of suffering burnout and how to effectively avoid hitting rock bottom.

Chapterful launches the UK’s first personalised children’s book which includes a wheelchair option

UK’s first personalised children’s book which includes a wheelchair option

THE UK’s first personalised children’s book to include a wheelchair option has launched in the UK.

Where Next, Teddy? from Chapterful puts children at the heart of their own night-time adventure. Not only is the story personalised with the protagonist’s name featured throughout, the main character can be customised depending on the recipient’s features, including hair colour and whether they wear glasses. 

It is also includes the option to sit the child in a wheelchair – the first for a British personalised children’s book.  

Louis Porter of publishers Chapterful said: “We wanted to create a beautifully illustrated children’s book that puts the recipient right at the heart of the story.

Department of Health and Social Care to launch care worker recruitment pilot to inform a national campaign

DHSC

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different geographical locations to inform a national campaign in early 2019.

Two new beach wheelchairs purchased for the Pembrokeshire Coast

People using beach wheelchairs

The Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its winding Coast Path and picturesque sandy beaches, and with the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, several beaches can be accessed by specially designed beach wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs for use on sandy beaches are available to hire under the National Park Authority’s beach wheelchairs scheme at eight locations across Pembrokeshire for a small fee or no charge.

The Asana - In The Flush Of Ultimate Wellness

The Asana Toilet

A loo that claims to deliver the ultimate in intimate care can also deliver the ultimate in future-proofed and stylish bathroom design, through developments in flushing technology. The Asana is the latest multi-functional WC to be designed and engineered by Closomat, Britain’s brand leader in enabled toileting. It combines shower toilet assistive technology (integrated douching and drying) for able and disabled alike, with contemporary styling- which extends right through to the flush operating mechanisms.

DFN Charitable Foundation Begins Bold New Chapter

David Forbes-Nixon CEO of DFN Charitable Foundation

DFN Charitable Foundation Begins Bold New Chapter: Organisation confirms CEO appointment.

The DFN Charitable Foundation, founded in 2014 by David Forbes-Nixon, has announced the appointment of a new CEO as it continues its life-changing work for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Kevin Horne, from Norwich, joins as CEO of the DFN Charitable Foundation (‘the Foundation’) and DFN Project Search after 21 years heading a multi-million pound business services enterprise, through which he actively developed employability initiatives to support those with learning disabilities.

Exemplar to host mental illness specialist learning and networking event in Wigan

Exemplar to host mental illness event

Exemplar Health Care are set to host an informal evening of learning and networking aimed at Wigan based health professionals. Led by Exemplar Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Peter Marshall the event on Wednesday 7th November will see Dr Marshall share his insights into the link between severe mental illness and physical health inequalities.

Specialising in treating individuals living with severe mental ill-health, including people with treatment resistant schizophrenia, Dr Marshall works with them to develop new strategies to improve their lives.

The Invictus Games closes with inspiring ceremony

Invictus Games athletes embrace

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover has come to a spectacular end with a sell out Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena officially bringing the fourth edition of the Games to a close.

Featuring ARIA award-winning band Birds of Tokyo, Grammy-nominated singer Aloe Blacc, Colin Hay and The Kingdom Choir, the Closing Ceremony capped off a week that saw more than 100,000 people flock to Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour to watch 500 competitors from 18 nations contest medals in 11 sports.  

Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

UCan2 contributor Jenni Meredith comments on the changes in regulation concerning cannabis oil, and talks about mental health issues and accessible loos...

Do All Systems Go?

Systems are necessary. Everything we do has some sort of structure. It’s the rigidity built into systems that gets me going. Surely flexibility is optimal? So why are we faced daily with the inflexibility of systems imposed, it would seem, just to make us think more mechanically? Is this what Andy Warhol meant when he famously said he wanted to be a machine? But that was back in the mid ‘70s— an analogue era with no computer algorithms to curtail his creative flow.

First resident moves into Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

Eden Futures Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in North Lincolnshire has welcomed its first resident this week.

*Kelly moved into one of the eight specialist apartments that have been designed to provide a supported living service for people who require an alternative to residential care provision and with a learning disability or mental health need.

The new service in Scunthorpe is a re-development of two existing bungalows into enhanced, specialist supported living apartments that each includes their own front door, a bedroom, a bathroom/wet room and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner.  Each person has their own private garden, and the facility has assistive technology built in to the infrastructure to aid independent living. 

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, is set to publish an innovative new book inspired by her 40 years of work tackling dementia.
As a leading Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia, Jackie has long made the case for ‘rementia’ – the possibility of reversing the symptoms of the condition and restoring lost functions. Having started her journey as an occupational therapy assistant in the 1980s, Jackie has devoted her career to dementia care and researching how individuals can be supported to maintain their current abilities for longer.

Cardiff Woman Scoops Top Learning Disability Care Award

Kelly with Top Learning Disability Care Award

Cardiff’s Kelly Prosser – described by colleagues as ‘conscientious’, ‘energetic’ and someone who ‘leads by example’ – was a winner at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities  &  Autism Awards.  Kelly, who manages four supported living services in the city for the Regard Group, was honoured with The Registered Manager Award at the gala event in the city, which celebrates ‘excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities’. 

Kelly was described by the judges as a manager and leader who ‘instils confidence and a sense of family for those whom she supports’. 

She said: “It came as a complete surprise. I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called out. To be recognised and appreciated for what I do by the people I work with is very touching.  

Eden Futures service user recruited as an ‘Expert by Experience’ 

Gary Stark - Eden Futures service user

A service user who has been supported by Eden Futures for 8 years is thoroughly enjoying working at Inclusion North as an Expert by Experience.

Gary has extensive knowledge of learning disabilities and a wealth of experience in health and social care. His position at Inclusion North involves taking part in Care and Treatment Reviews requested by the NHS. 

Working across Yorkshire and the North East, Gary ensures that people with a learning disability and/or autism who may have a mental health condition, have behavior that challenges, who are in hospital or at risk of going in to hospital are safe, receiving good care and treatment and have a plan for how they can be supported to live good lives in the community. 

Italian restaurant aiming for Autism Friendly award

San Rocco, an autism-friendly restaurant

A restaurant in Manchester has become a hit with parents of children with autism and other conditions after adapting its menu, and staff plan to make the eating experience even more enjoyable for families.

The San Rocco Italian restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne is now working towards being recognised by the National Autistic Society by becoming recognised as “Autism Friendly”.

It hit headlines earlier this year when its pictoral menu, designed for non-verbal autistic children, allowed families to come and choose food without guessing when their children wanted.

UCan2 named in the Top 10 Disability Magazines

Feedspot medal Top 10 Disability Magazines

UCan2 has been named in the Top 10 Disability Magazines by Feedspot –  the global content reader. 

The article lists the best disability magazines on the web, using search and social metrics to find the most updated and widely-followed websites.

A Feedspot spokesperson said, "This is the most comprehensive list of best Disability Magazines on the internet and I’m honoured to have UCan2 as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world."

Research shows 3/4 of people in the North West would say they are ‘fine’ even if struggling with mental health

Research shows 3/4 of people in the North West would say they are ‘fine’ even if struggling with mental health

Ask twice, people urged, as new research shows over three quarters of people in the North West would say they are ‘fine’ even if struggling with a mental health problem

New research released by the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, reveals that when asked, 81% of people in the North West would tell friends and family we are ‘fine’, even if struggling with a mental health problem.

When asked why, responses suggest we doubt whether people really want to hear the honest answer.

The top concerns in the North West were:

Just because people ask how you are, doesn’t mean they really want to know (54%)

Contacta creates bespoke hearing loop system for Chester’s listed railway station  

Contacta hearing loop system sign by seating

Contacta Systems, one of the UK’s leading hearing loop manufacturers, has unveiled a bespoke induction loop system at Chester station to make announcements more accessible to passengers with hearing loss.

The system features phased induction loops built into signage on the wall at two points – one in the waiting room and the other on the main concourse within easy view of the information screens.  The signs instruct hearing-impaired passengers to stand within its transmission range so they can clearly hear announcements over the station’s PA system by switching their hearing aid or cochlear implant receiver to the ‘T’ position.