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Newsletter October 2017 Disabled Living Launches Online Shop

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We are delighted to be working in partnership with Complete Care Shop to provide you with a comprehensive on line shopping facility for equipment and products to make life easier. Complete Care Shop has over 250,000 in stock items at competitive prices offering you choice from a wide range of manufacturers including mobility aids, daily living products, continence supplies together with telecare and telehealth equipment. In addition, Complete Care Shop has a reputation for excellent customer service which made the decision to enter into this partnership an easy decision to make! The main advantage of purchasing via the Disabled Living website, is the opportunity for you or your clients to speak to Occupational Therapists or Continence Specialists for free impartial help and advice, ensuring unnecessary purchases are not made. Disabled Living receives a commission from product sales to support our free helpline services. Visit our website www.disabledliving.co.uk

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

1st November – HKD Solutions A representative will be demonstrating the UrZONE. 8th November – Tendercare Ltd A representative will be demonstrating Kinetic Balance Harnessing.


Disabled Living’s Product of the Month


Training @ Disabled Living

Moving and Handling People General Update, including Single Handed Care Aims: · Be aware of importance of safer manual handling · Have basic knowledge of spinal mechanics · Be able to list some principles of safer manual handling · Know what legislation is relevant and be able to identify responsibilities with regard to moving and handling · Be aware of some challenges to expect with Single Handed Care · Appreciate and understand importance of undertaking a risk assessment · Practice techniques with and without equipment Target Group: All those with responsibility for undertaking and using Moving & Handling of people. Presenters: ● Elizabeth Hallows Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP LPC (Back Care Management) ● Deborah Bell MSc Nursing Studies, Moving and Handling Trainer ● Beverley Taylor RGN, Moving and Handling Trainer Cost: £95+VAT per delegate (Lunch and Refreshments provided) Venue: Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Worsley, M28 2LY Dates: 18th January, 13th March, 21st May 2018

Disabled Living Supplier Directory The Supplier Directory has been created at the request of people who used Disabled Living as a resource to identify companies or organisations who sell or provide equipment, products or services. Visit our Supplier Directory to find all the information you need! www.disabledliving.co.uk For more information please contact: info@disabledliving.co.uk or 0161 607 8200


Kidz to Adultz North Thursday 16th November 2017 EventCity, Manchester, M41 7TB 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.

Free Entry

Free Parking

150+ Exhibitors

Easy Access

Children Welcome Lots of Competitions, Fun & Features! Win £250 worth of vouchers! Register online & attend the event to be entered into the draw. The winner will be announced on our website December 2017.

FREE CPD Seminars THE MOVE PROGRAMME – Six steps towards an increase in functional mobility.

ASD and Keeping Safe at Home

Managing Continence in Schools

An Introduction to Lego-Based Therapy

Special Education Needs and the Children and Families Act 2014.

ASD and Sensory Processing - -Our Unique Theories and a Practical Approach.

Single-handed Moving and Handling: background, assessment and hints.

Understanding and Managing Sleep and our new sleep publications.

Learning Through Movement: The importance of static & Failing the Nation’s Disabled Children - Equipment dynamic posture assessment - how making supportive Provision in the UK equipment unstable can advance therapy goals.

Register for your visitors’ FREE entry tickets from our NEW website www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk Or simply contact Disabled Living: Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk or Tel: 0161 607 8200 Tickets are not compulsory, you can register on arrival. 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! Sponsored by:

Organised by:


Kidz to Adultz Scotland Prize Winners!

New Research Project – Autism Spectrum Conditions Is your child between the ages of 7-11 years and had a formal diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition? If so, and you would like to find out more about this research study contact Cassie Short, Researcher cas1ocd@bolton.ac.uk


Disabled Living Blogs - September September has been a busy month for blog posts on Disabled Living. We have featured a range of topics from parenting with a disability to Bladder and Bowel UK’s tops tips on Urology Week. Our latest Inspirational Story of the Month is dedicated to Greta McMillan, a 13-year-old girl. She has stunned members of the public with her artistic skills. As a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy (CP) who can’t use her hands or arms like other artists, had her artwork exhibited at Porty Art Wall. We received a post-event blog from Teapot Trust who attended our Kidz to Adultz Scotland event. Also, we received some preevent blogs for our Kidz to Adultz North event upcoming in November. These exhibitors include: Queen Alexandra College and Theraposture. Earlier in September, Debra, Chief Executive of Disabled Living visited Marple for a Facts & Fun Day. Debra spent around an hour and half exploring the location, displays and meeting with other people. This was very beneficial for our Donkeys to Innovators heritage project. Stay posted for a guest blog coming up for World Cerebral Palsy Day, and our recommended products for Back Care Awareness Week.

Disabled Living’s Annual Report 2016 - 2017 The Trustees of Disabled Living are delighted to share with you our achievements over the past year. Disabled Living has had an excellent year, by ensuring our service developments are aligned to changes within the health and social care sector. Please have a read of our Annual Report, which will give you an insight into the diverse services we provide. To view the full report click here


Remap - changing lives with innovative design Remap is a charity that helps disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs. Last year the charity helped over 3,500 people in this way and gave the equipment free of charge in every case. The charity has a network of skilled volunteers who design and make bespoke items to help people enjoy life more. Chloe, for example, is only four years old but already loves horse riding and wants to ride alongside her big sister. However Chloe has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. She needs to improve her core strength if she is to ever walk and horse riding is a good way of achieving this, but she needs somebody to walk with her supporting her while she rides. The challenge to help Chloe ride independently was taken up by Remap Coventry and Warwickshire. Volunteer Stephen Boulter came up with a piece of equipment based on a chest cuff that goes under her arms. She can now ride unassisted, getting safe and effective support which promotes the use of her core muscles.

Piano aid Another innovative design helped Linda get back to doing what matters to her. Linda is an accomplished singer and pianist and teaches both, so she was deeply affected when treatment for breast cancer left her unable to support her left arm or move it sufficiently to play, although her fingers were unaffected. She was unable to work and was left feeling very frustrated. Remap volunteer Alan Blundell from the Bournemouth group met Linda along with her OT Heidi Grant to discuss possible solutions. They came up with the idea of fitting a rail to the edge of the piano, then adding a wheeled wrist support like a truck that would run silently up and down the rail.

You can read more about these and other examples of Remap’s work on the website at www.remap.org.uk or phone the national office on 01732 760209.


Funded Dementia Training Courses

When supporting a person with Dementia, it is crucial that carers have an understanding of the impact the condition has on that person. Create Skills are now offering organisations the opportunity to upskill their workforce free of charge to support this understanding. Members of all staff upon completion will all receive an accredited qualification in the Principles of Dementia Care certified by Cache at level 2. This course is delivered via distance learning with no tutor visits, to minimise business disruption. It only takes between 10-16 weeks to complete and can be declared on your PIR and CQC reports.

In addition to this fully funded course, all the below courses are also fully funded for a limited time: • Principles of Care Planning • Safe Handling of Medication • Understanding End of Life These courses are usually £475 without funding attached. With only 100 funded places available, we are allocating these on a first come first served basis. For additional information or to register, please email Andrew Winstanley andy@create-skills.co.uk


For more information please visit www.disabledliving.co.uk or get in touch with us! Disabled Living Head Office - Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Rd, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LY Tel: 0161 607 8200 Fax: 0161 607 8201 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk Website: www.disabledliving.co.uk Redbank House Redbank House, 4 St Chads Street, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8QA Tel: 0161 214 5959 Email: info@redbankhouse.com Website: www.redbankhouse.com

Disabled Living October Newsletter 2017