independence

HOW A TOILET IS HELPING THE FIGHT AGAINST MS

Helping the fight against MS

One man’s fight against the degeneration caused from Multiple Sclerosis is taking place in….the bathroom.

Ian Westgate (64), from Eastbourne, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 30 years ago, but has always fought against the illness’ impact, to the extent he is a leading campaigner for accessibility in the area, and chair of Eastbourne Access Group.

As his condition has deteriorated, requiring greater input from his wife Clare, he has “succumbed” and purchased a Closomat Palma Vita shower (wash & dry) toilet.

Ceejae writes poem about new supported living service

ceejae is in supported living

A young woman with mental health issues who has just moved into a new supported living service is so delighted with her home that she has written a poem about it.

Fairway, near Rochdale, is a much-needed new supported living service for women with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The six-bed newly-refurbished property caters for individuals from local authorities across Rochdale and Manchester. 

Ceejae, 22, has written about how much she values the friendliness of the staff and her new house-mates, finishing her poem with “This place is a dream”. Her poem was also printed in the Regard newsletter.

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

independence

We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.

Remap – making things possible

Spoon - Remap, making things possible

 

Holding cutlery and being able to eat by yourself is a great boost to independence, so when Hazel could no longer hold cutlery or use any off-the-peg aids she worried for her future.Then she remembered Remap, the charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge. She contacted Remap on 01732 760209 and explained that she was unable to use the fingers of one hand and had limited arm movement as a result of post-polio syndrome. Something would have to be designed especially for her. 


Matthew Barnett is running the 2016 London Marathon for his sister Sophie

Sophie was 16 when she was suddenly taken ill in December of 2011. A blood clot had developed on her spinal cord leaving her paralysed from the waist down. She was diagnosed with Cobb Syndrome and told that she would never be able to use her legs again.

This young girl, who had always been sporty and active, was about to have her world turned upside down. Suddenly Sophie was a permanent wheelchair user. She spent over 6 months in the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre learning to come to terms with her disability and learning to get about by wheelchair. She was given a manual wheelchair that gave her independence in the home.  However, Sophie was reliant on her friends or family for getting outdoors.