06/11/2014

Difference Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is one of those conditions that all of us are aware of but very few of us give consideration to or appreciate just how it can affect the day-to-day tasks of those affected by it. It is reported that nearly 9,000,000 people in the UK alone suffer from one form or other of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Both cause varying degrees of problems from minor hand dexterity in problems such as opening bottles and jars or operating items such as twist taps through to more disabling conditions that can affect mobility.

Difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis 

Osteoarthritis


This is a disease that affects the joints mostly affecting cartridge and mainly affecting older people but can also affect the younger generation and even children with the condition offten bought on by simply getting older, being excessively overweight, stresses and damage caused by accidents or playing some more vigourous sports.

Osteoarthritis and its painful conditions can be treated to help reduce its conditions by pain control, exercise to help improve joint function as well as weight control and in some severe cases surgery.

 

Arthritis


Arthritis is a more common condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints and mainly develops in people over the age of 50 but as with osteoarthritis it can also affect the younger generation. The symptoms of arthritis tend to much more gradually than those of rheumatoid arthritis.

These are the basic differences between osteoarthritis and arthritis, for greater information we suggest you click on the information image (infographic) shown right to disacover more as well as to discover treatment details for both conditions.

23/10/2014

What is the Running Cost of a Stairlift

http://www.stannahstairlifts.co.uk/stairlift-pricesIn these times of high electricity prices many of us, especially those on a low income are very concerned about running up high bills, we have kettles that boil just one cup, energy saving light bulbs, solar panel options and much more to save money by reducing the electricity where we can.

It is not surprising then that many disabled or elderly people think twice before having a stairlift installed even if that means they are unsafe on the stairs.

You will often read about the amazing features of a stairlift, how easy and fast they are installed, the many seating options including left or right hand controls, their adaptability to be fitted to straight or curved stairs etc etc but very few suppliers think to tell you about the running costs.

Suppliers are not trying to hide anything, they simply have not considered that you may be concerned about how much it costs to run a stairlift.  ABLEize teamed up with the UK's largest supplier to ask this question and throw some light on a subject rarely covered. 

So how much would you think it costs to run a stairlift say twice a day for a month? £20.00, £10.00 or even just £5.00 for a whole month? Surprisingly it cost approximately £7.26 for the entire 365 days of the year!  That breaks down to just over 60p per month according to figures supplied by Stannah.

To make more sense of the yearly running cost of a stairlift see the info banner on the right.

A stairlift can offer you many benefits such as being able to remain in the home you love, offer greater safety going up and down stairs and peace of mind for your loved ones.  Find more details by clicking the banner on the right or by following this Stairlift prices link.

18/08/2014

Disability does not mean losing your independence

There are 9.4 million disabled people throughout the UK, accounting for 18% of the population. Independent living, where possible, is a key factor that can allow the person to lead a more fulfilled life.

There is help available

Due to the downturn in the UK economy, there has been a big reduction in the availability of independent housing provided by local authorities but the Orwell Housing Association UK has bucked this trend and grown substantially during this period. The association offers a wide range of facilities, including assisted housing and outreach services for those who live in their own homes.

Care services in the home

There are many ways in which you can get the help you’ll need if you decide to live independently. You can access specialist outreach services that will come to your home and assess your needs or you could track down the nearest day centre for social events.

A visiting carer can help if you need someone to advise you on medication and personal needs. It may be that your property might need ramps and special aids to help with your mobility but there are also alarm systems that can be fitted in case of a fall or an emergency.

Local councils and specialist agencies can offer information about all these products and services and can help you lead an independent life.

Meeting new friends and taking up a hobby

Living independently can give you the opportunity to meet new people and have a normal and happy social life. If you take up a new hobby or want to go out with a group of like-minded people, this will help raise your confidence and you’ll also strike up new relationships.

If you are moving into supported housing, you’ll have the peace of mind that someone is at the end of a phone or on the premises to assist you when needed.

Sharing the cost

Most people in today’s society would like to get onto the housing ladder, but for some it seems impossible. One easy way of achieving this is to apply to a housing association for shared ownership of a property.

Once you have been accepted you will pay part rent and part mortgage, this means you will own part of the property and the other portion you’ll pay rent on. If at some point you decide you would like to buy the remainder you can agree with the housing association to do so.

28/04/2014

Secret to Staying Fit and Healthy - Whatever Your Age or Ability

In today’s world, staying healthy is a priority for everybody and that includes all ages and disabilities. People in their retirement stay as active as possible in order to maintain their wellbeing using a combination of good nutrition and physical exercise and the same can apply to all disabilities, it is not always easy to get or keep motivated but is essential to maintain your current or desired level of mobility.

Energy and Endorphins

Of course, there’s a scientific reason for everything. It’s generally known that exercise releases chemicals called endorphins that react with the brain to give us an elated and pain-free sensation. It’s therefore an obvious incentive for us all to take up exercise but it’s important you select a low-impact activity that will work with your body, not against it.

Some Ideas You Can Try Include:

• Cycling: for those able to is a great for muscular strength and bone density
• Jogging: good low-impact exercise where you can set your own pace
• Yoga/Pilates: great for building strength and balance for many abilities
• Tai Chi: another favourite for building core strength and balance
• Swimming/Water aerobics: a great way to exercise whilst keeping the body well-supported and again accessible to all abilities.
• Sports: Sport are undertaken by all abilities including wheelchair users with sports such as wheelchair tennis, rugby and many others.

It’s important to check with your GP about your exercise regime before trying any new activities. You can also find information about exercising in your old age or with a disability on the NHS website.

Beyond the Body

As well as taking care of your physical health, you should also consider how you can boost your mental wellbeing as you age. There are many activities you can undertake to stay mentally active and these include:

• Crosswords: great for testing your general knowledge, spelling and mental aptitude
• Soduku: great for logic and problem solving skills
• Anagrams: great for problem solving, spelling and word play
• Quizzes: great for testing your knowledge and keeping your brain working fast
• Puzzles: great for logic and spatial awareness

The Next Step

The secret to staying healthy as you age isn’t just about physical and mental training – it’s about knowing how to get the most out of your life. There are numerous websites and resources which can offer further advice and you’ll even find a number of charities and companies on social media networks ready to offer you help and advice when you need it most.

Connect with these sites to ensure you get the retirement you deserve. Visiting retirement specialists McCarthy & Stone on YouTube, for example, is a great way to connect with other retirees and find a wealth of information on how to stay fit, healthy and happy as you age and Ableize offers details of everything to do with disability from sports, the arts and employment to local clubs and groups throughout the UK.






21/01/2014

Hearing Aids of the Present not the Past

I was amazed to recently find out that more than 10 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss, that’s a staggering one in six people, what surprised me more was that 3.7 million of these are aged 16 to 64 with 45,000 of these being children.

What surprised me even more was that out of the 10 million people suffering hearing loss only around 2 million of those have a hearing aid and even more surprisingly only 1.4 million of them use them on a regular basis.

It seems to me that there is still a great stigma about wearing a hearing aid with very little information about the real benefits that can be gained.  I can understand not wanting to wear one of those mammoth great big ugly type hearing aids poking out of your ear but what I don’t understand is why such a small number of people would not want to wear one of the modern day hearing aids when they are now almost invisible and offer amazing benefits in all areas of your life especially socially.

The technology of hearing aids has changed so much over the years and the people that I do know that wear a hearing aid were astounded by the results, comfort and the fact they are far less bulky than they used to be.

Hearing loss is a hidden disability that in many cases can be more problematic than many of the obvious disabilities that we all know and because of that can cause all sorts of problems and embarrassment, often when somebody speaks to a hard of hearing person and gets no reply they will think they are being ignorant and in most cases won’t even consider that they may have hearing loss.

Age UK provide an excellent resource about the benefits of the latest digital hearing aids including examples of the miniature sizes available, various types and the typical prices. Being the U.K.’s largest and most trusted elderly and disability organisation you know that you can rely on their findings, advice and professional services and on top of that every hearing aid supplied by Age UK comes with a full 24 month warranty and for those of you that are not sure if you can adapt to wearing a hearing aid they also offer a full no quibble 30 day money back guarantee.

If you want to know more about hearing loss, the benefits of a hearing aid and how to go about having a test with no purchase obligation then click on the highlighted link shown above or call age UK direct on 0808 115 1879 they will happily answer all of your questions, provide further information, links to video clips and frequently asked questions including the difference between an Age UK hearing aid and one from the NHS, where to buy batteries, what to do if your hearing aid develops a fault or simply arange a hearing test for you.


20/01/2014

Residential Care: A Success Story

More and more people these days are considering residential care as a very viable and attractive option to be living at home, alone in their later years. Thankfully the stuffy and often not so attractive services offered by the old time “old people’s homes” are now well and truly a thing of the past with modern day residential care offered in bright, attractive properties with friendly staff and an emphasis on social activities and in many cases living your life to the full.

I must admit to being one of those sceptical people but a few months ago I accompanied my uncle to a residential care home with a view of making this his new home I was not at all shocked by the friendliness of the staff, I would have expected that in any case but what really shocked me was the smiling, happy and laughing residents that seem to have a much fuller social life than I do with regular days out, weekly quiz nights and many joint activities in their very well equipped communal lounge that was as luxurious as any private household.

There are many residential care homes to choose from and as I we did with my uncle I would always recommend that you go along to get the feel of the place, maybe even go two or three times and then decide and if possible go to any of the social activities on offer.

I had for a while been looking at the quality residential care home services provided by Carebase and located across south-east England and East Anglia and offering a range of different care packages from residential, nursing and respite through to specialised dementia care services.

I won’t pretend that it is an easy decision to see your loved one going into a care home and I am sure that it is a very traumatic change to your loved one’s life. They will undoubtedly feel unsettled and most certainly out of place but looking back I can honestly say that not just for me but also for my uncle it was the best overall decision.

The reason that I know this was the best decision was that this year as with every year for the past 15 years we have always invited my uncle to Christmas dinner, we have driven over, picked him up and had a great day with him and other family members. However this year I called him about two weeks before Christmas and said we would be picking up about 11 AM and I must admit his reply shocked me and even upset me for a short period of time.

His reply was that if it was okay with us he would leave it this year and spend Christmas Day with his “friends” it was only then that I realised he was 100% happy and although he still loved us dearly he did not “need us” any longer.

Firstly I was sad but then realised that this is probably the best thing I could ever have wished for. We still see him on a regular basis but it’s now on his terms, and that’s exactly how it should be.


11/01/2014

Stairlift Providers to Trust

It would seem that wherever you look on the Internet these days there is some company selling, maintaining or installing stairlifts so you would certainly be excused for not knowing where to turn or who to trust as a reliable source.

Unfortunately we live in a world that seems to becoming more and more unreliable when it comes to choosing the most reliable company in whatever product we are looking to purchase. But thankfully one of the U.K.’s most trusted resources for the disabled and elderly previously known as Age Concern is at hand to offer professional and trusted advice and services in all areas of stair lifts.

Age UK as they are now known and have been since 2009 offer a whole host of mobility related products and daily living aids including walking aids, recliner chairs, bath and shower solutions and you can relax with the knowledge that you are dealing with what is probably the best and most reliable mobility advice and supply organisation in the UK.

Ableize gets asked on a regular basis if we can recommend stairlift models and manufacturers etc. So today we are looking at stairlifts from Age UK I have included a link to their website so you can check them out for yourself.

The first thing that struck me was the ease at which the information is provided, the site includes buying guides, details of their all-important low price guarantees, how to receive a free DVD guide and if you are still not sure they include a UK based freephone telephone number to answer any questions you may have.

Being the U.K.’s best-known resource for the elderly they even offer a 14 day money back guarantee, a two-year peace of mind warranty on all stair lifts and also the option to buy reconditioned stairlifts that carry forward the same standards including a full two year parts and labour warranty.

Home visits are completely free and they provide stair lifts to meet all individual property needs including straight, curved, standing position and also outdoor stair lifts all providing emergency battery powered backup in the event of a power cut and all offer easy-to-use controls.

For more information, to book a free home visit or request an advice pack call them seven days a week on a 0800 566 8742.