Disabled Living Newsletter – September 2017

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The Importance of Disseminating Information to your Service Users!

This blog is written by Jayne Watson, one of our Occupational Therapists.

Disabled Living host 5 of the largest exhibitions for children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs. The exhibitions are a great way of finding information on equipment relevant for the individual to remain as independent as possible throughout the different stages of their lives.

Not only do we look at equipment, but we also have a wide variety of funding organisations, mobility vehicles companies, solicitors, employment agencies, colleges, and charitable organisations. There are also fun activities to occupy the children during the day, with a good variety of catering services available if feeling hungry.

To view the full post please visit Disabled Living’s blog.

Lunch & Learn

Wednesday 6th September – 12-2pm

Your Guide to Prescribing Beds with Lisclare

Thursday 5th October – 12-2pm

Continence with Ontex

FREE  for all Health and Social Care Professionals. Call 0161 607 8200 to book!

All at Disabled Living Burrows House 10 Priestly Rd. Worsley, Manchester,  M28 2LY

Disabled Living Blogs – August

This month Disabled Living has featured a range of topics on our blog. These include articles posted on Redbank House, Bladder and Bowel UK, and Kidz Exhibitions website.

We have a dedicated Inspirational Story of the Month and Lee Kingsberry caught our eye throughout August. You can read how he inspires wheelchair users and creates a positive impact on how they can live their lives.

We’ve received a high volume of guest blogs from our Kidz to Adultz Scotland exhibitors including: Cerebra, Safespaces, Swan UK and Theraposture.

Other features have explored the benefits of colouring in for children, life with autism by guest blogger, Rebekah Gillian, and the importance of disseminating information to service users.

We hope that these blogs help to raise awareness of different disabilities and encourage others to get in touch if they would like to share their story.

You can view all of our blogs, past & present here.


6 in 1 Safe Enclosed Bed / Space for Children and Adults

Hire service launching in September

  • Interest free payment plan available
  • Specialists in charity funding assistance

Come and see us on stand G2 at Kidz to Adultz Scotland

For further information and options available please phone 0131 450 7124, email info@hkdsolutions.com or visit our website www.hkdsolutions.com

UrZone gives you ‘Me Time’ wherever you are

HKD Solutions Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FRN 784632. The UrZone is patent pending. ‘UrZone’ is a registered trademark.

Training at Disabled Living

Moving and Handling Children – 11th October 2017

  • Does your role involve moving and handling children?
  • Do you need specialist moving and handling training in your role with training?
  • Do you need to handle children more effectively to maximise their skills and independence?

This training is for all those working with and having a responsibility to handle children in their work roles, carers, teachers, teaching assistants and health care professionals.

Cost £95+VAT

Contact us to book your place: training@disabledliving.co.uk

Venue: Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Worsely, M28 2LY

Dementia – Understanding is the best tool we have!

Less Talk, More Action! Workshop

Thursday 9th November 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cost £60+VAT

Get immersed in this complex subject during the interactive sessions.

  • Communicate and resistance toolkit – Here we will be looking at triggers and coping mechanisms, you will build a toolkit to take away enabling you to enhance your work.
  • The Discussion Cafe In Association with Making Space – A discussion group centred around Dementia and making the most of life.
  • Distressed Behaviour – Using case studies, finding solutions to help you work together with your person to enhance their lives.
  • Virtual Dementia Tour – “Give your healthy brain an experience of what Dementia might be like” An immersive experience – Training to Care.

During the day you will be able to talk to the specialist companies about dementia products that may help.

Venue: Redbank House, 4 St Chad’s Street, Cheetham, M8 8QA

To book your place contact training on: training@disabledliving.co.uk or book online

Disabled Living Supplier Directory

To compliment the launch of the Disabled Living websites, we have redesigned the Disabled Living Supplier Directory.

The Directory provides information about companies and organisations that provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people.

Access to the supplier directory is via the Disabled Living Website.

This month we welcome the following companies to the Supplier Directory

For more information contact Disabled Living: Tel: 0161 607 8200

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

A Warm Welcome to Joanne Hoyle who Recently Joined the Bladder and Bowel UK Team!

I am delighted to have secured a role as Adult Specialist Nurse at BBUK.  I have worked within the speciality of continence since 1999, with experience of developing and managing continence services and working in the healthcare industry at Paul Hartmann Ltd, as national Clinical Resource Manager.

I enjoy promoting continence to all through education and advice to healthcare professionals, individuals experiencing bladder and bowel problems and families involved in care. I am looking forward to developing professionally in this role, building on existing and developing new working relationships and undertaking new challenges.

Contact: Joanne.hoyle@disabledliving.co.uk

NEW – National Mobility Registration Scheme – 2017

The National Federation of Shopmobility has launched a New Service.

The National Mobility Registration Scheme has grown out of the need for the public and the Police to be able to reunite stolen or abandoned mobility vehicles with their owners. Originally piloted by Littlehampton Shopmobility scheme working closely with Sussex Police, it soon became clear that a National Scheme was needed.

The National Federation of Shopmobility has been working on the website and scheme for the last two years and launched the new registration website on March 28th at the professional disability trade show Naidex.

Steve Perry (Marketing and Communications Manager) said; “We were amazed by the police statistics for 2015, that out of 517 mobility scooters stolen (with an estimated value of £615,000) only 22% were ever recovered. We understand the devastation the theft of a mobility vehicle can have on its owner with the loss of independence. We saw the scheme as way of helping to increase the numbers of vehicles returned to their owners working closely with the police nationally”

The cost of registration is £12.00 per annum, which is not a large price to pay to help track your stolen mobility vehicle. Proceeds from the registration will be donated to National Federation of Shopmobility members nationwide. Shopmobility aids those with mobility impairments either permanent or temporary by hiring out mobility vehicles such as scooters and wheelchairs.

The National Federation of Shopmobility is located in Wellingborough and we have members across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Isles.

If you require any further information please call Steve Perry on 07824 556238 or email: donna.eade@bhta.com or for more information visit the New – National Mobility Registration scheme website at: www.nmruk.org

Bladder and Bowel UK – Special Interest Education Days

Adult Bowel Care Education Day

Thursday 28th September 2017

9.15am – 3.30pm

Paediatric Special Interest Group Meeting and Educational Event

Thursday 19th October 2017

9.15am – 3.30pm

Venue: Redbank House, St Chad’s Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8QA

Contact the BBUK team to book and secure your space – 0161 607 8219

Salford University – Reducing Falls Risk with State of the Art Walking Frames

Researchers at the University of Salford are working to improve walking frames. Walking frames are frequently given to people to help with support and movement, but there is little guidance on how to use them safely.

The team at Salford have developed a special, state-of-the-art walking frame. The frame has sensors which measure how balanced and stable a user is. They want to use this frame to improve frame prescription, training and ultimately reduce falls.

The team is looking for two groups of people. They are looking for professionals who are involved with walking frames, who could participate in a focus group that will discuss current problems and how to improve frames in the future. They are also looking for participants; older adults who use pick-up or front-wheeled frames, who would like to help. They will be asked to walk short distances with the frame, either in their own home or at the university, and it only takes approximately 1 hour.

If you feel you would like to help, or for more details about the study, contact Alex Bates at a.v.bates@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 8183.

Ableworld Mobility Store at Disabled Living, Salford

For your convenience, at the Disabled Living Centre we also have an Ableworld store which sells a wide range of equipment including stairlifts, walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, continence products and smaller aids.

The experienced team of staff and engineers has extensive knowledge of the equipment. The store can provide engineering services on site or in the comfort of your own home, within a 30 mile radius of the store.

Contact the Salford store on 0161 728 1880 or info@ableworldsalford.co.uk

Ableworld has 33 stores around the UK – Find your local store here.

Kidz to Adultz Scotland

Thursday 14th September 2017

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB 9.30am – 4.30pm

One of the largest FREE UK events with 80+ Exhibitors supporting children & young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

Your visitors showguide is now available to download!! Here you can access:-

  • Full timetable of FREE CPD seminars
  • A full A-Z list of exhibitors
  • Exhibition Map
  • Competitions & Prizes
  • Activity Area Timetable

Having the showguide in advance can really help you plan and get the most our of your day!

Exhibitor Guest Blogs

A number of our Kidz to Adultz Scotland exhibitors have written guest blogs which are now live on our website!  Here you can get an overview on  their company backgrounds and where you can locate them at the exhibition!

You can enjoy the read here.

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk or Tel: 0161 607 8200  www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk

Tickets are not compulsory you can register on arrival. FREE Parking! 

Your Experience Matters

As a parent of a child with complex needs, you have the skills and experience that could make you an outstanding Foster Carer. If you are looking for a career that really values your unique experience and gives you the flexibility to work from home T:0845 6038354 E:info@nextstepfostering.org Find out more about this rewarding and well paid career.

New App – Get Help at Petrol Stations!

fuelService is a new smartphone app to help drivers get assistance with filling up at petrol stations.

It enables people to book help in advance with participating garages and let assistants know which pump they’re waiting at.

Drivers who don’t use smartphones can use the fuelService website and book assistance by phone and text.

Find out more here: https://fuelservice.org/en/

Product Demonstrations at the Disabled Living Centre

Everybody is welcome to attend our FREE Wednesday afternoon demonstration days 2-3pm.  Attending our product demonstrations will help you improve your equipment knowledge and boost your CPD.

Places are limited please advise if you are interested in attending

13th September – Chunc

A representative will be demonstrating their Specialist Wheelchairs.

20th September – FormAlign

A representative will be demonstrating their Shower Chair.

4th October – Clos-o-Mat

A representative will be demonstrating a range of new products.

Product of the Month – Baffin Trio

Baffin provides multifunctional standing frames featuring Second Spine Technology. Our high quality, innovative and patented products cater for a wide range of conditions supporting rehabilitation and offering solutions for complex medical needs.

Baffin Technology Systems Ltd – Bringing Assistance for Future Independent Needs.

Tel: 01604 379 020/ 07496 665 772 Email: office@baffin.co.uk Web: www.baffin.co.uk

The University of Northampton Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton, NN1 1SY

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