independent living

Top tips to help someone live independently

Old lady in wheelchair - Top tips to help someone live independently

According to research released by Carers UK, over 6.5 million people in the UK dedicate their time to caring for their loved ones.

For many older people, or those unable to physically care for themselves, independence means being able to stay in their own homes, however this can sometimes have a detrimental impact on the mental and physical health of their carer.

With the help of technology, medical advice and support from loved ones, caring for someone at home doesn’t have to be such a mammoth task.

Gavin Bashar, UK Managing Director of market-leading provider of Connected Care and Health solutions Tunstall Healthcare, advises ways that carers can help those they care for live independently for longer.

Prepare the home

Tech and care industries unite to unveil case for a deal which could transform the learning disability sector

Man with learning disability using technology

A new report is being launched in Parliament setting out the case for a deal for the learning disability sector, focusing on realising the potential of technology to boost investment and transform the way care is delivered.

National learning disabilities charity, Hft, supported by Tunstall Healthcare, produced the paper outlining the key arguments for an economic partnership with the government as part of the UK Industrial Strategy – a long term plan for the future aimed at backing businesses to drive productivity through investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.

The Art of Independent Living - at 99!

The Art of Independent Living - at 99!

With an ageing population, finding centenarians who clock up a hundred years is becoming less rare, but finding a 99 year old enjoying independent living is still quite a find. 

Miss Jean Butchart is her own boss, with her own home, friends and hobbies. When asked what her secret was, Miss Butchart retorted, “Your guess is as good as mine”. Admittedly there’s no magic wand or secret potion.

Born in Newcastle, Jean Butchart moved to Scotland aged six months where she grew up until qualifying as a teacher in Domestic Science and Home Economics. During the war Miss Butchart taught in a Herefordshire school until a role in Aberdeen’s College of Domestic Science brought Jean to the Granite City in 1948. 

Meryem spreads her wings

Park Road

A young woman from Sittingbourne who is living proof that having learning difficulties need not stand in the way of being independent, has written her own account of the progress Park Road has enabled her to make over the past year.

Meryem Kizigol, 34, said:

“When I came to Park Road at the start of March last year I was unable to do a lot of the basic stuff. I kept myself to myself - a very lonely life. I can now do all my own laundry myself, cook, go for daily walks, do house chores and even do my own food shopping.  After a lot of support and encouragement I have been able to do this with no support from staff.”

Kelyn Takes Independent Living In Her Stride

Kelyn 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 for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

“Keyln has been dreaming about moving into a home of her own for many years,” said Jubilee House manager Louisa Terry. “But with housing opportunities so limited it has taken until now for it to become a reality.

Paralysed builder walks again thanks to pioneering technology

Gheorghe can now go for strolls around the local park

A paralysed man who was told he would never walk again has taken his first steps, thanks to a life-changing exoskeleton suit.  

Gheorghe Duncan, from Bromley, was left paralysed from the waist-down after he fell nine metres while working in 2011. 

The 42-year-old, who was working as a labourer at the time of his accident, was told he would spend his life in a wheelchair, but is now able to go for a stroll around his local park, thanks to a pioneering piece of technology. 

Government faces backlash over plans to change PIPs criteria

Government announces changes to PIP payments

Changes to disability benefits have been criticised with claims that 160,000 people could lose out on much-needed payments. 

The government has announced plans to make amendments to the Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) following two legal judgements, which called for more points to be given to people suffering from psychological difficulties. 

Penny Mordaunt, minister of state for disabled people, health and work, made the announcement last week saying the amendments were necessary to bring the system back to its original purpose: to ensure the support is given to the people who need it more. 

Disability North announces return of popular exhibition

The largest independent living event in north of England is opening its doors once again to give disabled people access to must-have products and services. 

Disability North has been hosting the free event for disabled or elderly people and their families, in addition to carers and healthcare professionals, for the past 30 years.

Now event organisers are on the hunt for leading businesses and suppliers in the sector to exhibit at the show, which is organised in partnership with Moving and Handling People North. 

Exhibitors will be able to meet directly with potential customers and publicise themselves at the biggest event of the year.