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    Is your toilet a ‘Godsend’?

    Is your toilet a ‘Godsend’?

    Most people take their WC for granted. For Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Kathleen Bergin, it is much more….   “It was quite a surprise when I first used it, but it’s an absolute godsend,” she says.   The WC in question is a Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry (automatic shower) toilet, installed in her wetroom […]

    27th June 2018 | By | Reply More
    Enabling Style & Comfort from Closomat

    Enabling Style & Comfort from Closomat

    Asana by Closomat takes independent living into a new realm of style and enablement.   Historically, assistive technology to support disabled and elderly people to live as independently as possible has either been purely functional, when developed for that purpose, or a compromise if sold into the disability market from the mainstream.   Closomat has […]

    25th June 2018 | By | Reply More
    Ellesmere Port event aims to improve services for people with learning difficulties

    Ellesmere Port event aims to improve services for people with learning difficulties

    Improving the lives of people with learning difficulties was top of the agenda at an event organised by Ellesmere Port social care provider 1st Enable.   Service users and carers joined commissioners from the NHS and local councils to discuss ways to improve services at the event at Inglewood Manor in Ledsham, Cheshire.   1st […]

    14th June 2018 | By | Reply More
    Twickenham woman takes independent living in her stride

    Twickenham woman takes independent living in her stride

      A Twickenham woman is celebrating living an independent life in the community. Kelyn Esprit who has been living in care settings since she was 18 has recently moved into her own flat.   Kelyn, 34, is being supported by care staff from nearby Jubilee House, run by the Regard Group who provide care services […]

    14th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Is going to the toilet a thrill for you?

    Is going to the toilet a thrill for you?

    Going to the lavatory is now a “marvellous” experience for Steven Elliott-Potter, since he invested in a Closomat wash & dry toilet.   The 61 year-old from Bedford, who is already defying medical expertise, has bought the assistive technology on the recommendation of his Occupational Therapist: deterioration in his arthritis meant he was increasingly struggling […]

    15th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Opt for a ‘fit and forget’ solution- something you can rely on, from a company you can depend on

    Opt for a ‘fit and forget’ solution- something you can rely on, from a company you can depend on

    When choosing aids to help someone live as independently as possible, it is more important than ever to opt for a ‘fit and forget’ solution- something you can rely on, from a company you can depend on.   Failure to verify the equipment, quality, and support can leave you, or a client, exposed. “There is […]

    9th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Sale independent living service adds to dementia offer with new Memory Cafes

    Sale independent living service adds to dementia offer with new Memory Cafes

    Trafford Housing Trust’s independent living service, TrustCare, has launched its first Memory Café in Sale, Greater Manchester to support people living with dementia. Located at sheltered housing scheme, Manor Court, the Memory Café offers a welcoming space for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers to meet and take time out in a relaxed […]

    30th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    Revolutionary access security for domiciliary and homecare services

    Revolutionary access security for domiciliary and homecare services

    The police have highlighted Loxal Security’s revolutionary Letterbox Keysafe, and sees it as a potential solution to a growing problem of burglaries in the London and Home Counties area, by accrediting it with its ‘Secured by Design’ rubber stamp of approval. The burglaries are taking place largely as a result of old-fashioned keysafes, some of […]

    31st August 2017 | By | Reply More
    Housing service supports Watford teenagers turn lives around with employment skills

    Housing service supports Watford teenagers turn lives around with employment skills

    Two Watford teenagers have positive stories to share to marking the United Nations’ World Youth Skills Day held on Saturday 15th July. For Katie (17 years’ old) and Maija (17 years’ old), their lives are being transformed through access to key employment skills. After a difficult start in life, both girls are now supported by […]

    25th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Katie embraces independent living

    Katie embraces independent living

    A young woman with cerebral palsy who was born in the Tywyn area has moved back to her roots and is celebrating making the successful transition from leaving home to leading an independent life, thanks to support from care-provider Regard. Twenty-three year old Katie Collinswood moved to Cerrig Cornel in May 2013 from Buckinghamshire where […]

    24th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Day centre takes its provision to new heights

    Day centre takes its provision to new heights

    Caerphilly Council is adopting an innovative approach to support individuals to get the best out of day centre provision: it is increasing opportunities to maintain or further develop their independence, even in the toilet. As part of a major refurbishment of its Brondeg Day Centre, set in a Victorian house in Blackwood, the Council has […]

    20th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Man spends too long in care home because of councils’ delays

    Man spends too long in care home because of councils’ delays

    A Warwickshire man, who had suffered a stroke, was prevented from living independently for too long because two councils failed to follow correct procedures, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Warwickshire County Council made assumptions about the man’s capacity to make decisions about where he wanted to live and about what property […]

    22nd June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Cross Keys Care helps Peterborough resident celebrate 100th birthday

    Cross Keys Care helps Peterborough resident celebrate 100th birthday

    Cross Keys Homes has helped Kingfisher Court resident, Kathleen Johnson, celebrate her 100th birthday with a surprise party.   Kathleen moved into Peterborough’s Kingfisher Court, from Western super Mere in June last year in order to be close to her family. She celebrated her birthday with her close family, and the following day enjoyed a […]

    25th May 2017 | By | Reply More
    Planning permission granted for Chester care village

    Planning permission granted for Chester care village

    Planning permission has been granted for a new Belong care village located on City Road in Chester. Cheshire West and Chester Council approved proposals for the new facility, which will provide world-leading dementia care in the heart of the city centre, as well as a range of amenities for the wider community.   Following Belong’s […]

    23rd May 2017 | By | Reply More
    Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

    Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

    More people in Britain suffer from faecal incontinence than suffer from asthma or diabetes!*   Any bowel issue is rarely discussed, but it has huge consequences in terms of health, hygiene and wellbeing. New developments in assistive technology are enabling sufferers to deal with at least some of the consequences in a dignified, sanitary way. […]

    12th May 2017 | By | Reply More
    Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

    Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

    New levels of independence and cleanliness can be achieved with assistive technology developments in the bathroom.   Clos-o-Mat’s new-look Lima Lifter is unique, being the only wash & dry toilet that is also fully, automatically, height adjustable, every use.   So, whatever the user’s limitations in flexibility, consistent or fluctuating, or how many other people […]

    19th April 2017 | By | Reply More
    South Manchester extra care facility completes

    South Manchester extra care facility completes

    Village 135, an innovative £18 million extra care scheme providing accommodation for residents 55 and over, in Wythenshawe is now complete.  Designed in the style of a high-end residential development, Village 135 is split across two sides of Hollyhedge Road and is connected via a glass bridge. Linking the two buildings together allows residents to easily […]

    5th April 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
    Regard measuring success by growing independence

    Regard measuring success by growing independence

    For Joseph Osoba and his team at a supported living service in Penge, South East London, while it tugs at the heart-strings to say ‘goodbye’ to the individuals they support when they move out and start living independently, it is also a time for celebration. “They all have learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, […]

    23rd February 2017 | By | Reply More
    UK’s first LGBT elderly extra care scheme to open in Manchester

    UK’s first LGBT elderly extra care scheme to open in Manchester

    The ambition to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people was announced last week by Manchester City Council. The project would be part of the city’s programme that provides high quality housing for older people, and is the first LGBT majority “Extra Care” scheme in the UK. Manchester’s older LGBT population is […]

    22nd February 2017 | By | Reply More
    Help elderly stay at home without home help…

    Help elderly stay at home without home help…

    A report has revealed that 1.4 million individuals reported having a medical condition or disability that resulted in them requiring specially adapted accommodation, of whom 22 per cent considered their current home unsuitable. And authorities believe this is actually an underestimate!*   By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable […]

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