Independent Living

50 Faces Campaign - Meet Phoebe Boyce

Phoebe Boyce

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. 

Designed to challenge preconceptions about disability and volunteering, and to celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness of RDA, 50 Faces features a collage of portraits, as well as the surprising and often moving stories of horse riders, carriage drivers and volunteers from all over the UK. 

Top Tips for flying with a visual impairment or blindness 

Top Tips for flying with a visual impairment or blindness 

Altogether Travel is the UK’s leading Supported Holiday Company, our excellent holiday and travel companions accompany our customers all over the world. We asked our customers and staff for some advice, tips and what to expect if flying as a blind or visually impaired person. 

Booking stage

If you require additional assistance either within the airport or on the flight, then you should notify your travel agent or the airline direct. The more notice the better but at least 48 hrs before departure should ensure they allocate someone to help. 

Contact the airports special assistance team and advise them of your arrival time should you need assistance into the terminal.

Arriving at the airport 

Accessibility Mark Helps Transform Lives

Alisha riding Accessibility Mark horse

Horses are amazing animals that have the ability to make a real difference to people’s lives. Evidence of this can be seen on a daily basis at Accessibility Mark centres up and down the country.

When Church Farm Equestrian Centre organised an event to mark Disabled Access Day in March 2017, they hoped it might generate some interest from a few new riders.

Such was the success of the event that some of the visitors who attended the day are still riding at the centre nearly two years on, and it has had a hugely positive impact on their lives.

Reliable Cleanliness from Closomat

Closomat toilet

How long would you expect a piece of technology to last? In Mandy de la Mare’s case, it’s decades. The “tech” in question is her Closomat shower (wash & dry) toilet. Looking like, and capable of being used as a conventional WC, the Closomat has integrated automatic douching and drying. The user does not have to wipe clean (or be wiped clean).

“I’ve had a Closomat for 42 years and am only on my second one!” she says. “I only replaced the first one when I moved in 2003 after 30 years, and thought then that I had better upgrade to a new one.”

4 ways to create an easy access bathroom

easy access bathroom

Every little opportunity to gain back a little bit of independence can make the biggest difference to someone disabled. To avoid any disruption to a daily routine that can come with mobility issues, it is important to simplify and tailor your living space to your needs. Bespoke Interiors Newcastle has put together 4 tips to help you achieve just that without compromising style and design over function. 

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Mark Lane: Gardening tips for people who thought they could never garden

Mark Lane is an afeard-winning landscape gardener and TV host

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.

First tenants move into Warrington Supported Living scheme

Young girl moves into Warrington Supported Living scheme

A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in Warrington has welcomed its first tenants this week. They have each moved into a specialist apartment designed to provide a supported living service for people with a learning disability or mental health need who require an alternative to residential care provision.

The new service which is located close to the centre of Warrington, Cheshire is made up of 4 bungalows, 2 ground floor apartments and 3 first floor apartments. 

Each apartment is generously sized with its own front door, kitchen-diner, bedroom and bathroom. There are communal spaces within the development and a garden area. 

Leading social care interest groups warn government that its mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose

Leading social care interest groups warn government that its mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose

Leading social care interest groups from across the care sector are calling on the Government to urgently rethink its Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill that is now at a crucial parliamentary stage. 

Concerns about the legislation are outlined in a new paper ahead of the House of Lords committee stage when it will be scrutinised by peers. The paper reflects the views of a wide range of organisations that represent people using support services, their families, care provider organisations and infrastructure bodies.

New survey highlights major accessibility gap for UK’s 20 million disabled people and carers

disabled people and carers

Disability organisation AccessAble has today published their new 2018 survey ‘Accessibility and You’. It highlights the stark contrast between the expectations of those with access needs and what is provided by the majority of public and private sector organisations.

The survey, completed by 845 people across the UK with an average completion time of 20 minutes, asked disabled people and carers about their experiences accessing venues and services.

The results show an overwhelming need to plan. 99% of respondents said it was important to know about accessibility before visiting a new place and 98% search for accessibility information in advance. 

Easy Bathrooms launches accessible range of bathroom products

Easy Bathrooms bath

Easy Bathrooms – the bathroom and tile supplier – has launched a range of quality, affordable accessible baths and accessories.

£30,000 has been invested into the development of the products, which allow safe, easy access, each designed to fit into a range of spaces – from a small en-suite to a large master bathroom.

Six baths have been introduced as part of the firm’s new ‘Easy Living’ range, alongside complementary accessories and parts.

The Vestra bath is 945mm x 170mm, including a screen and an electronically-operated glass door, which remains locked until all water has been drained, providing peace of mind for the buyer that leaks will be avoided. The low-threshold height also gives the user easy access.

4 ways to create an easy access bathroom

 easy access bathroom

As we get a little older, it certainly pays to think about how our bathrooms may need to adapt to changes in circumstance. For those of us reaching retirement age, it is worth seeking out some good independent bathroom ideas, to help you maintain your independence.

Whilst most of us carry on leading happy and healthy lives, your mobility may become restricted simply due to old age or some form of disability. This can mean disruption to your everyday routine, with things like getting in and out of the bath becoming more difficult.

Blackwood Tenant Goes into Extra Time with CleverCogs

Clevercogs

AN AYRSHIRE man has shared how his life changed after being kitted out with an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

 

Scott Robb, who has Cerebral Palsy, has been a tenant at Blackwood’s St Leonards development for 16 years and has seen his life become easier as a result of CleverCogs, being incorporated into his day-to-day life.

 

By tailoring each device to the customers’ individual needs and wants, it provides quick and easy access to all their interests. Whether it is football, music or history, it’s all available.

 

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.

 

Our three-tiered pathway model from residential through to supported living provides individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.