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.