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    Hemel Hempstead learning disability service shortlisted for ‘Best New Build Accessible Scheme’

    Hemel Hempstead learning disability service shortlisted for ‘Best New Build Accessible Scheme’

    A Hightown Housing Association learning disability service in Hemel Hempstead has reached the finals of a prestigious national award for accessible developments built for disabled people. Fletcher Way, a specially designed supported living service home to eight adults with complex physical and learning disabilities, has been shortlisted in the category for ‘Best New Build Accessible […]

    9th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Disability shouldn’t mean sacrificing style

    Disability shouldn’t mean sacrificing style

    Just because someone may need help in the bathroom doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice style. Closomat, Britain’s market leader in supported intimate care (www.clos-o-mat.com), has taken that to heart. Its new look Lima Vita wall-hung toilet enables people to take advantage of the aesthetics and household cleaning benefits of a wall-hung WC, and simultaneously […]

    21st September 2017 | By | Reply More
    One man’s solution to dealing with a life-changing accident

    One man’s solution to dealing with a life-changing accident

    If you ask Karl van Gool which fixture in his home he values more than any other, he’d say it was his toilet.   “The independence it has given me! I can go to the loo without my wife having to help me. It’s the most wonderful thing we have had put into our home,” […]

    27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Supported living in Amersham leads to healthier and independent life

    Supported living in Amersham leads to healthier and independent life

    Determined Luke Castle is looking forward to both a healthier and more independent life, thanks in part to the help of staff at Hightown Housing Association’s Stokebury House in Amersham. Soon after he moved into his supported living flat in 2014, Luke began to make friends with other tenants and take part in the organised […]

    3rd July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Dealing with a ‘life-changing’ consequence of diabetes

    Dealing with a ‘life-changing’ consequence of diabetes

    Latest statistics are showing 20 diabetes sufferers per day are now having a limb amputated as a consequence of their illness- and the figure is rising with the growing prevalence of the disease(*).   Almost four million people in Britain have diabetes- a figure predicted to increase by 25% in the next twenty years(*). Amputation […]

    12th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    ExtraCare: Housing White Paper can take a ‘huge step to solving looming crisis’

    ExtraCare: Housing White Paper can take a ‘huge step to solving looming crisis’

    The ExtraCare Charitable Trust welcomes the commitment in the Housing White Paper to work with housing providers and older people to deliver a greater supply and range of retirement accommodation.  Mick Laverty, chief executive of ExtraCare, said the charitable housing association would share its expertise in developing and running large-scale retirement villages that produce better […]

    17th February 2017 | By | Reply More
    Reduce wage bill but increase client dignity, independence

    Reduce wage bill but increase client dignity, independence

    Wage bills can be reduced permanently, yet better, consistent quality of client independence, dignity and wellbeing attained by a ‘one-off’ investment in assistive technology.   Installing a wash and dry toilet in place of a conventional WC means clients do not need help to wipe clean. Staff are released for other duties. Clients are cleaned […]

    7th February 2017 | By | Reply More
    Extra care tenants ring in Chinese New Year

    Extra care tenants ring in Chinese New Year

    A taste of the Orient was on the menu at Watling Court in Gravesend, when tenants got together to get into the spirit of celebrating the Chinese New Year.   Tenants of the Ifield Way extra care housing scheme got together on Saturday 28th January to commemorate the start of the Chinese New Year and […]

    6th February 2017 | By | Reply More
    AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

    AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

    AKW, the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions, has been extensively featured on a special programme titled ‘Caring Communities’, produced jointly by ITN Productions and Care England. Now in its third year running, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles, exploring the complex […]

    6th December 2016 | By | Reply More
    Get better use of social care budgets by using assistive technology

    Get better use of social care budgets by using assistive technology

    The strain on social care budgets could be eased, and bed-blocking alleviated, by using technology to enable elderly people. And it can deliver more cost-effective use of available resources.   So claims Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s largest manufacturer and toileting assistive technology.   “We almost constantly have reports from Health Services, Care Quality Commission etc about the […]

    28th November 2016 | By | Reply More
    Carter Jonas assists Royal British Legion Industries with its modernisation plans to help former armed forces personnel

    Carter Jonas assists Royal British Legion Industries with its modernisation plans to help former armed forces personnel

      Carter Jonas has been appointed by Royal British Legion Industries as its Estates Advisor to provide expert strategy, planning, architectural and development advice. The vision is to create greater capacity across the organisation’s 70 acre estate in Kent to ensure that more former armed forces personnel can benefit from RBLI’s care and retraining services. […]

    11th November 2016 | By | Reply More
    ‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

    ‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

    “The term ‘life-changing’ is probably over-used nowadays but in this case it is accurate”: so says Andrew Watkins, talking about his toilet lifter.   He elaborates, “My Aerolet Vertical Toilet Lift has changed my life as it has given me back my independence, privacy and dignity. I can now manage all my toileting needs on […]

    4th November 2016 | By | Reply More
    How wheelchair friendly is your town?

    How wheelchair friendly is your town?

    How wheelchair friendly is your town? This is the question mobility company Fenetic Wellbeing asked five bloggers in a recent campaign to review the wheelchair accessibility of their home town, looking at factors such as parking spaces, counter height, signage and door accessibility.   Here is what the bloggers found when they took part in […]

    3rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
    New Autism Community Service opened by Newham Councillor

    New Autism Community Service opened by Newham Councillor

    On the 23rd September 2016 local Councillor Aleen Alarice officially opened a new community residential service for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complex needs in Newham. The service, Phoenix House, is managed by Independent Care Provider Precious Homes and has been designed to support individuals with ASD and complex needs […]

    19th October 2016 | By | Reply More
    Helping turn disability into a positive

    Helping turn disability into a positive

    One of Britain’s leading disabled actors is turning to assistive technology to help him retain his independence.   Mark Beer, 49, originally from Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire but now of Camden Town, London, has 2nd degree Cerebral Palsy. He has refused to let his health issues impact on his chosen career. As a result, he was […]

    21st September 2016 | By | Reply More
    Lilian Faithfull Homes acquires Royal Court

    Lilian Faithfull Homes acquires Royal Court

    Care operator Lilian Faithfull Homes have announced the acquisition of an assisted living and extra care facility in Cheltenham. A spokesman said ‘We are pleased to announce that the Charity has acquired Royal Court in Cheltenham. ‘The home is managed by Lisa Ferneyhough-Moss and the dedicated team at the Fiddlers Green location.’ The home provides […]

    8th September 2016 | By | Reply More
    ‘One off’ homecare capital reduce ongoing running costs and NHS pressures

    ‘One off’ homecare capital reduce ongoing running costs and NHS pressures

    Heading to the bathroom can help make best use of Government social care budgets.   A joint report between the College of Occupational Therapists and Leonard Cheshire Disability noted that 96% of OTs agreed that home adaptations reduce the need for social care. Adaptations are also proven to reduce the need for NHS intervention.   […]

    31st August 2016 | By | Reply More
    Improve safety for care workers and clients

    Improve safety for care workers and clients

    At least one carer or care worker is injured every day through handling1 yet the risk to all involved could be significantly reduced through installation of appropriate assistive technology.   Under good practice guidelines, provision for the installation of a hoist system should be made2, and, in residential care & nursing homes, 5% of bedrooms […]

    9th August 2016 | By | Reply More
    Auriens makes major investment into private nursing agency Draycott Nursing & Care

    Auriens makes major investment into private nursing agency Draycott Nursing & Care

    Taking pride in amiably challenging the conventions around ageing, Auriens has further advanced towards providing a comprehensive premium offering for later lifers.  The announcement of this partnership between Draycott Nursing & Care and Auriens aligns both businesses in providing the ultimate in care to their clients.   With a 20-year track record in providing the […]

    9th August 2016 | By | Reply More
    Shared solution to independence

    Shared solution to independence

    Dignity and personal hygiene for all is being effectively achieved in one Lanarkshire household, through the use of assistive technology.   Pensioner Rose Thom suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, “ from head to feet”, to the extent that she can no longer grip with her hands. That meant, among other daily activity, she couldn’t grip toilet […]

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