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Please join DisabledGo and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to celebrate the launch of the online DisabledGo Access Guide to Knowsley.
The Knowsley guide includes comprehensive access information on over 600 venues in the borough including Libraries, Children Centre’s, Leisure Centre’s, Community Halls, Train stations and more.
Most important of all everywhere has been visited and accessed by a trained surveyor, so you can get all the facts, knowing someone has actually been there to collect the information.
A new film featuring The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has been released today as part of the Heads Together campaign’s #oktosay series.
The film captures a conversation between Their Royal Highnesses that occurred at Kensington Palace on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th April as they looked ahead to this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon and reflected on the growth of the campaign over the last year.
The conversation covers a range of topics including the emotional changes new parents go through, bereavement, the stresses of modern childhood, and dealing with trauma in the workplace.
Most of my recent experiential posts have been about work, leisure and inclusion for disabled people. I’m all too familiar with the need for accessible housing, care support, and enabling equipment. However once it’s in place, it’s less of a concern.
Recently I moved house. The 1 bed flat was great for a while. Having saved up, a bungalow with a garden offered a better home life. Doubly important as I work from home.
The process was stressful. Estate agents. Mortgage advisers and lenders. Solicitors. Removal company. Builders. Gardeners. Everything people go through regardless of disability. You know what I’m saying!
Then throw in the need for wooden flooring (carpets are a nightmare with muddy wheels). The need for ramps. The need for open space. The need for general accessibility. The need for disability equipment.
In the previous flat I’d had a wetroom shower, manual hoist and shower chair on wheels. So I’d squeeze them in and carefully place everything for my transfers. The transfers between wheelchair, bed, shower chair and so forth. I’d then be pushed from the bedroom to the bathroom.
In the bungalow there was a brand new bathroom with a bath. The cost would have been high to strip it and create a wetroom. Plus the space for the mobile hoist was minimal. So it made sense to explore other options.
Via a Spanish colleague called Jabi in San Sebastian (who designed this hotel room), I was put in contact with Care and Independence in the UK. They had the exact solution for me.
I needed to knock a hole in the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom. So a ceiling hoist could be installed over the bed, toilet, and bath. Negating the need of a manual hoist and shower chair! It was on me to arrange the builder, the electrician, and the bespoke doors (cut around the tracking and ceiling high). Then Care and Independence would sort the tracking hoist.
In sourcing local Cambridgeshire trades people, the preparation was dealt with quickly. The driveway company (I also needed block paving) sorted the hole in the wall. The fascia and soffit guys tailor made the doors. The next door neighbour of my parents prepped the electric needs. Teething problems also required local plumbers, gas safe engineers, and pest control experts.
I was really happy with their helpfulness and quality. You hear nightmare stories, but they were all awesome.
Next up Ben and Pramdip arrived from Care and Independence. They used clever lazers to check the tracking position on the ceiling. They made sure I would land on the bed, the toilet, and in the bath exactly right. They added bends from the original sketches after our discussions. Then they were up in the loft attaching the track safely. It was quite a sight to watch the hoist be installed.
If you want to contact this installation company, I can’t recommend them enough. Checkout their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn anytime.
Having this kind if equipment is so important. People take for granted getting into bed, going on the toilet, having a relaxing bath, and other daily tasks. I’ll always need carers and equipment. But with the right setup I can be just like those people
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and thousands of runners in headbands today helped make today’s Virgin Money London Marathon the first ever ‘mental health marathon’.
Their Royal Highnesses met some of the 700 runners taking part for Heads Together, the campaign they lead which is the Marathon’s Charity of the Year, before officially starting the mass race. Thousands of runners wore the blue Heads Together headbands given to runners to show their support for the ‘mental health marathon’ and help get the country talking and start a new movement for mental health.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry cheered on runners and met friends and family of Team Heads Together as well as handing out water to thirsty runners at Mile 22 and placing medals over their heads after the finish line.
The mental health marathon is a culmination of a year of campaigning to change the conversation on mental health. This has included a series of films featuring people from all walks of life talking about their mental health. Model Adwoa Aboah and London blogger Jo Irwin, who took part in the #oktosay film series, both cheered on Heads Together runners at the marathon.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said:
Assistive technology is becoming increasingly more advanced in the modern day world. This umbrella term is one that is constantly evolving over time to incorporate more technological devices designed to aid those living with a disability. Advances in medical treatments have meant a better prognosis for many conditions associated with certain disabilities. Life expectancy has also risen, meaning there are now more people than ever living with a disability. In fact, estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) state that there are approximately ‘one billion people living with a disability.’ That equates to around ‘one in five people in Europe and America.’ With so many people now looking to adapt their lifestyles to suit their specific needs; the market for assistive technology is becoming increasingly popular as demand for certain products increases.
People are keen to maintain their independence and their standard of living where possible, so depending on the nature of the disability; devices have been created to perform or fulfil a range of different functions.
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