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DESIGNS FOR LIFE



DESIGNS FOR LIFE Few of us accept our ageing and deterioration gracefully. We resist as long and hard as we can. Subconsciously, the reason is often because we don’t want fixtures and fittings that look institutional or clinical: their appearance alone reminds us of our frailty. But fear not. Help is at hand. Living aids, …

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ADAPTING TO THE INEVITABLE



ADAPTING TO THE INEVITABLE There are certain things in life that are inevitable, particularly that we all change with time. But how do you cope with that? The five core areas of ‘activities of daily living’ (ADL s)are: –        Personal hygiene –        Dressing –        Eating –        Maintaining continence –        Transferring/mobility Therefore, the majority centre round …

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SUPPORT WHEN (AND WHERE!) YOU MOST NEED IT



SUPPORT WHEN (AND WHERE!) YOU MOST NEED IT Did you know using the bathroom is one of the most potentially dangerous activities we do in daily life? Figures indicate that more accidents and falls ‘on the level’ happen in the bathroom- getting in, out of the bath, shower, and on and off the toilet- than …

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TAKE A STAND!



TAKE A STAND! It is widely accepted nowadays that many people struggle- be it a little or a lot- to get up from their chair. But few of us think beyond that scenario. Yet what about getting on and off the toilet? THAT is actually a bigger problem, whether at home or out and about… …

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GET OUT!



Too often, we read about, and ourselves receive anecdotal evidence, that people with any degree of limitation stay at home, sometimes to the extent they say they feel trapped in their own home. And too often, the reason for the reluctance to venture out is worry about being able to find- and use- a suitable …

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WOULD YOU TAKE THE RISK?



Risk taking- dare you do it? Particularly as limitations begin to impact on our daily life, the risk involved in even the most basic daily activity has to be assessed- and now there’s a ‘fancy’ name for it: positive risk taking. In the care sector, be it at home or in a home, it involves …

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The internet is revolutionising elderly care



The internet is revolutionising elderly care The world wide web has been at our fingertips for over two decades now, and it has come an incredibly long way. From noisy dial up connections and impossibly slow download times, to streaming events in real time and speaking face to face with friends across the world, the …

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Arthritis and intimate hygiene



Arthritis is now the biggest cause of disability in Britain. More than 9.25million people are affected. The figure reinforces how few people with limitations are born with their affliction- it could be you! Arthritis Research UK has published guidance on dealing with daily life, particularly the bathroom. After all, its one of the most often …

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