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Newsletter September 2017 The Importance of Disseminating Information to your Service Users!

This blog is written by Jayne Watson, one of our Occupational Therapists. Disabled Living host 5 of the largest exhibitions for children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs. The exhibitions are a great way of finding information on equipment relevant for the individual to remain as independent as possible throughout the different stages of their lives. Not only do we look at equipment, but we also have a wide variety of funding organisations, mobility vehicles companies, solicitors, employment agencies, colleges and charitable organisations. There are also fun activities to occupy the children during the day, with a good variety of catering services available if feeling hungry. To view the full post please visit Disabled Living’s blog.

Lunch & Learn Wednesday 6th September – 12-2pm Your Guide to Prescribing Beds with Lisclare Thursday 5th October – 12-2pm Continence with Ontex FREE for all Health and Social Care Professionals. Call 0161 607 8200 to book! All at Disabled Living Burrows House, 10 Priestly Rd, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LY


Disabled Living Blogs - August This month Disabled Living has featured a range of topics on our blog. These include articles posted on Redbank House, Bladder and Bowel UK, and Kidz Exhibitions website. We have a dedicated Inspirational Story of the Month and Lee Kingsberry caught our eye throughout August. You can read how he inspires wheelchair users and creates a positive impact on how they can live their lives. We’ve received a high volume of guest blogs from our Kidz to Adultz Scotland exhibitors including: Cerebra, Safespaces, Swan UK and Theraposture. Other features have explored the benefits of colouring in for children, life with autism by guest blogger, Rebekah Gillian, and the importance of disseminating information to service users. We hope that these blogs help to raise awareness of different disabilities and encourage others to get in touch if they would like to share their story. You can view all of our blogs, past & present here.


Dementia Understanding is the best tool we have. Less Talk, More Action! Workshop Thursday 9th November 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm Cost: £60 plus VAT

Get immersed in this complex subject during the interactive sessions. Communication and Resistance Toolkit Here we will be looking at triggers and coping mechanisms, you will build a toolkit to take away enabling you to enhance your work.

The Discussion Cafe In Association with Making Space A discussion group centred around Dementia and making the most of life.

Distressed Behaviour

Virtual Dementia Tour

Using case studies, “Give your healthy brain finding solutions to an experience of what help you work together Dementia might be like” with your person to An immersive enhance their lives. experience.

During the day you will be able to talk to the specialist companies about Dementia products that may help. Venue: Redbank House, 4 St Chad’s Street, Cheetham M8 8QA To book your place contact Training on: training@disabledliving.co.uk or book online http://www.disabledliving.co.uk/training/our-workshops/dementia/


Disabled Living Supplier Directory To compliment the launch of the Disabled Living websites, we have redesigned the Disabled Living Supplier Directory. The Directory provides information about companies and organisations that provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people. Access to the supplier directory is via the Disabled Living Website. This month we welcome the following companies to the Supplier Directory

For more information contact Disabled Living: Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

A Warm Welcome to Joanne Hoyle who Recently Joined the Bladder and Bowel UK Team! I am delighted to have secured a role as Adult Specialist Nurse at BBUK. I have worked within the speciality of continence since 1999, with experience of developing and managing continence services and working in the healthcare industry at Paul Hartmann Ltd, as national Clinical Resource Manager. I enjoy promoting continence to all through education and advice to healthcare professionals, individuals experiencing bladder and bowel problems and families involved in care. I am looking forward to developing professionally in this role, building on existing and developing new working relationships and undertaking new challenges. Contact: Joanne.hoyle@disabledliving.co.uk


NEW – National Mobility Registration Scheme - 2017 The National Federation of Shopmobility has launched a New Service. The National Mobility Registration Scheme has grown out of the need for the public and the Police to be able to reunite stolen or abandoned mobility vehicles with their owners. Originally piloted by Littlehampton Shopmobility scheme working closely with Sussex Police, it soon became clear that a National Scheme was needed. The National Federation of Shopmobility has been working on the website and scheme for the last two years and launched the new registration website on March 28th at the professional disability trade show Naidex. Steve Perry (Marketing and Communications Manager) said; “We were amazed by the police statistics for 2015, that out of 517 mobility scooters stolen (with an estimated value of £615,000) only 22% were ever recovered. We understand the devastation the theft of a mobility vehicle can have on its owner with the loss of independence. We saw the scheme as way of helping to increase the numbers of vehicles returned to their owners working closely with the police nationally” The cost of registration is £12.00 per annum, which is not a large price to pay to help track your stolen mobility vehicle. Proceeds from the registration will be donated to National Federation of Shopmobility members nationwide. Shopmobility aids those with mobility impairments either permenant or temporary by hiring out mobility vehicles such as scooters and wheelchairs. The National Federation of Shopmobility is located in Wellingborough and we have members across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Isles. If you require any further information please call Steve Perry on 07824 556238 or email: donna.eade@bhta.com or for more information visit the New - National Mobility Registration scheme website at: www.nmruk.org

Bladder and Bowel UK – Special Interest Education Days Adult Bowel Care Education Day Thursday 28th September 2017 9.15am – 3.30pm

Paediatric Special Interest Group Meeting and Educational Event Thursday 19th October 2017 9.15am – 3.30pm Venue: Redbank House, St Chad’s Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8QA Contact the BBUK team to book and secure your space – 0161 607 8219


Salford University – Reducing Falls Risk with State of the Art Walking Frames Researchers at the University of Salford are working to improve walking frames. Walking frames are frequently given to people to help with support and movement, but there is little guidance on how to use them safely. The team at Salford have developed a special, state-of-the-art walking frame. The frame has sensors which measure how balanced and stable a user is. They want to use this frame to improve frame prescription, training and ultimately reduce falls. The team is looking for two groups of people. They are looking for professionals who are involved with walking frames, who could participate in a focus group that will discuss current problems and how to improve frames in the future. They are also looking for participants; older adults who use pick-up or front-wheeled frames, who would like to help. They will be asked to walk short distances with the frame, either in their own home or at the university, and it only takes approximately 1 hour.

The smart walker being tested at the University of Salford.

Testing the Smart Frame at the University of Salford.

If you feel you would like to help, or for more details about the study, contact Alex Bates at a.v.bates@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 8183.

Ableworld Mobility Store at Disabled Living, Salford For your convenience, at the Disabled Living Centre we also have an Ableworld store which sells a wide range of equipment including stairlifts, walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, continence products and smaller aids. The experienced team of staff and engineers has extensive knowledge of the equipment. The store can provide engineering services on site or in the comfort of your own home, within a 30 mile radius of the store. Contact the Salford store on 0161 728 1880 or info@ableworldsalford.co.uk Ableworld has 33 stores around the UK – Find your local store here.


Kidz to Adultz Scotland Thursday 14th September 2017 Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB 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.

Your visitors showguide is now available to download!! Here you can access:•Full timetable of FREE CPD seminars • A full A-Z list of exhibitors • Exhibition Map • Competitions & Prizes • Activity Area Timetable Having the showguide in advance can really help you plan and get the most our of your day!

Exhibitor Guest Blogs A number of our Kidz to Adultz Scotland exhibitors have written guest blogs which are now live on our website! Here you can get an overview on their company backgrounds and where you can locate them at the exhibition! You can enjoy the read here. 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:

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New App – Get Help at Petrol Stations!

fuelService is a new smartphone app to help drivers get assistance with filling up at petrol stations. It enables people to book help in advance with participating garages and let assistants know which pump they're waiting at. Drivers who don't use smartphones can use the fuelService website and book assistance by phone and text. Find out more here: https://fuelservice.org/en/

Product Demonstrations at the Disabled Living Centre Everybody is welcome to attend our FREE Wednesday afternoon demonstration days 23pm. 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

13th September - Chunc A representative will be demonstrating their Specialist Wheelchairs. 20th September – FormAlign A representative will be demonstrating their Shower Chair. 4th October – Clos-o-Mat A representative will be demonstrating a range of new products.


Product of the Month


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

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