For many disabled people, their car is a lifeline. It provides independence, enabling people to stay active by getting out of the house and socialising with others. However, for some, getting in and out of the car and refuelling can be a challenge.
Katherine of designed2enable Ltd has therefore put together a list of car-related products to help make life a little easier and more pleasurable for disabled drivers and passengers…
Top 4 products for disabled drivers and passengers:
Regain, the charity for sports tetraplegics, is excited to announce its new fundraising appeal, Transforming Lives. Aiming to raise one million pounds, the Transforming Lives campaign was officially launched at the Waldorf Hotel on Thursday 22nd November by the charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, and former Olympic swimmer and Regain patron, Mark Foster.
When accessibility is an issue, heading for days out can be a little nerve-wracking. To help you plan a fantastic day out without any of these worries, mobility stairlift supplier, Acorn Stairlifts, has highlighted the best and most accessible places to visit all across the UK.
Mark Lane, wheelchair user and presenter of the award-winning BBC Gardeners’ World, as well as the RHS Flower Shows, discusses getting out into the garden and how to make gardening easier if you have mobility issues…
It doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, you can still enjoy gardening. Gardening makes you feel safe and secure and it has a positive effect on mental and physical wellbeing. With these simple tips you can get outside, enjoy nature, be alone for personal reflection or socialise with family and friends.
Wheelchair accessible transportation can be a huge problem for those with a disability and/or those that care for someone with a disability. Public transportation can be difficult and unreliable, plus it does not always get you to where you need to go. Fortunately, in recent times there have been some incredible advances in disability friendly motoring with many vehicles now available for those with a disability to either drive themselves or ride as passenger safely and comfortably.
Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place at Birmingham’s NEC last week. It welcomed guests including actor Warwick Davies and beauty vlogger Kat (see video), not to mention a whole host of expert speakers on everything from social media to spinal cord injuries.
Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:
A little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints was giving a boost by disability vehicle specialist Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) when her family hit severe mobility problems.
Four-year-old Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
A driving service for people with mobility issues has launched its 30th franchise in the UK, joining a global community of supporting people who need transport. Driving Miss Daisy launched in the UK in 2014. Synonymous with and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film – which featured Morgan Freeman as a driver for his elderly client – the Driving Miss Daisy idea originated in Canada with just a single vehicle, and now spans across the world.
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A woman who lives in a Hove residential service is keen to move from her wheelchair into her dancing shoes after an amazing six-month turnaround.
When Caroline moved into Cloverdale House in March she was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand at all, but after an amazing team effort from the support staff at Cloverdale, the involvement of some dedicated therapists, and a good deal of determination on Caroline’s part, she is now back on her feet and going from strength to strength.
Service Manager, Trevor Wilcox, said: “When Caroline moved in she was very reserved and anxious, and the history from her previous home was unclear as to why exactly Caroline was unable to walk.
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.
Whether it’s ensuring that you can look after yourself, or caring for a loved one, there are some simple changes that can be made to your home to make getting around hassle-free.
Improve your bathroom
A raised toilet seat can make all the difference to someone with mobility issues. The same goes for a toilet frame – just making it that little bit easier to visit the toilet unaided.
There’s plenty of options for the bath or shower too, with a huge range of seats and stools available that can be fixed to the wall, or stand-alone depending on how your bathroom is laid out.
Rearrange your furniture
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.