27/05/2016

Campaign For Disabled Nappy Changing Facilities

Parents and carers of severely disabled adults and children that need to wear nappies have virtually no facilities outside of their adapted homes should their nappy need changing. This is a long-standing problem that is yet to be addressed by the Equality Act.

Thankfully the parents and carers have a campaign called Space to Change on their side that is battling on a daily basis to try to get adult changing facilities available in public places such as large restaurant chains, hospitals and clinics and public venues where possible.
Space To Change
Visit Space to Change

It was not that many years ago that disabled WC facilities were virtually unheard of in public places so with your help things can hopefully change for the better and start including standalone changing facilities for adults and children the same way that we now commonly have baby changing facilities for parents of children and toddlers.

The Space to Change campaign is aiming to convince businesses and public venues to replace their current pull down baby changing units so that they can be height adjustable and of a size that caters for children requiring nappy changing facilities as well as looking to convince the Equality Act 2010 to include a requirement of adult nappy changing facilities the same way that we currently have disabled WC facilities for wheelchair users, the blind etc.

So if all you good people out there in cyberspace could take a few minutes out of your time to check out the Space to Change website and click on the Download Campaign Pack where you will find information about how your assistance can seriously help the campaign.

Visit The Clos-o-Mat Website
The UK’s number one supplier of adult changing facilities is a dedicated and long-standing company called Clos-o-Mat that supply adult size adjustable changing tables with accompanying hoists as well as a whole range of personal hygiene products for adults and children with disabilities including wash and dry toilets offering greater independence, those all-important transferred, grab and support rails, shower seats and many more related products to meet the washing and toileting needs of all disabilities.

Check out the Clos-o-Mat website for full product details including how to receive a no obligation survey for your home, restaurant, business or any other public venue or follow the highlighted link to find out more about the campaign and why we need Changing Places Toilets.

18/05/2016

Learning to Cope with the New Disability

Anybody that has experienced a sudden life changing situation through accident, injury or illness will no doubt be able to fully empathise with this article and in many cases look back and think “yes I could have done it differently to cope better” so I hope that the views of fellow disabled people will not only enable you to continue coping and building a better life but also act as a valuable resource for anybody finding themselves newly disabled and struggling to cope with the massive changes that disability often brings along with it.

Many disabilities can happen in a split second such as spinal or head injury through a road accident, If you are one of the lucky ones you will recover and gain full mobility and be able to continue with your life as before. Sadly many serious accidents or illness will result in a permanent disability that will undoubtedly change your life forever. However as the old saying goes, “life does go on” and in time you will learn to adapt and enjoy life, albeit from a different direction than you may have originally intended.

Give Yourself Time
One of the most important steps that you need to take on your journey to recovery is to allow yourself time to process the situation and although it is very difficult at the time; try not to get too down about worrying about your uncertain future.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask the Help

There will always be situations in our lives where we will need to get help from others and finding yourself suddenly disabled in any shape or form is certainly one of those situations where excepting the help of others will be a valuable step in rebuilding your life. Whatever your situation there are always professionals, support groups and others that fully understand your situation just waiting to help you on your journey to recovery. Never be afraid to ask for help. You will be amazed at the vast support resources out there, simply Google your condition followed by “support groups” and you will undoubtedly find local and national organisations that will prove to be invaluable to you.

Financial Assistance
Never fret about money concerns at this stage but if your disability was caused by a road traffic accident, medical malpractice or workforce accident or any accident that was not your fault you should consider a claim for compensation from a reputable company such as First4SeriousInjury they will offer you a free case evaluation. Other areas to consider when the time is right includes tapping into the many Disabled Facilities Grant’s available from your local council as well as a whole range of other disability grants that may be made available to you.

Learning to Adapt
Although it may not seem immediately obvious you will in time learn to adapt to whatever restrictions your disability gives you and you will ultimately find yourself going in a new and exciting direction that you would never have previously considered. There are many sports, recreational and social activities out there waiting to be discovered as well as numerous opportunities for employment if you are unable to return to your previous job. 

Try to be positive and although all not always possible do try retain your sense of humour. Sometimes in life we only have two options and that is to cry or laugh and laughter is always the better option and remember that whatever life throws at you and however bad you think your life or future will be, “things can only get better” and they will.