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15.03.17 Contents:
DFG Champions Roadshows
Blood clot awareness
This Girl Can!
Disabled Access Day
Derek's View – Clos-o-Mat Vita range
Latest updates - Care Act assessments
1. DFG Champions Roadshows

Foundations, the umbrella organisation for Home Improvement Agencies, is running a series of information days about Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs).

There are free places available for the Spring events in Bristol, Sheffield and Wolverhampton, and there will be more roadshows coming along in the Autumn. 

Each event includes good practice case studies, consultation on a quality standard for DFGs, insights into the Better Care Fund, a debate about who has responsibility for assessments, and the shortage of OTs.

You can read more here


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2. Blood clot awareness

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month, so this is a good moment to look at risks and prevention – because many blood clots can be prevented.

Eating a healthy diet, losing weight if you need to, giving up smoking and being physically active are all important in preventing clots.

And some simple advice for every day from Clot Stopper™, the superhero from Don't Be a Clot: every hour, remember to Stand up; Move around; Hydrate!

Read more about DVT here


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3. This Girl Can!

I probably escaped quite lightly: only one reader took me to task for failing to mention International Women's Day last week, and focusing instead on National No Smoking Day.

I hope that I can redress the balance this time, with a look at the successful "This Girl Can!" campaign to get more women and girls involved in sport.

When the first campaign took place, Paralympic athlete Carly Tait wrote us a lovely guest blog, "This Disabled Girl Can"

You can now read her story as part of a longer piece about This Girl Can!

Read more here


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4. Disabled Access Day

Appropriately enough, I am highlighting access once again this week, as Disabled Access Day has just taken place. In fact, "day" is a misnomer, for such was the success of last year's event, the organisers extended it over three days this time round.

Barclays Bank and Gatwick Airport were amongst high profile supporters, and venues large and small, up and down the country got involved, with open days and special events to celebrate accessibility.

The organisers, accessibility review website Euan's Guide, wanted people to try out something new – and novelties there certainly were!

You can read more about DAD here


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5. Derek's View – Clos-o-Mat Vita range

You are probably familiar with Clos-o-Mat, the long-established provider of automatic wash and dry toilets.

They have just now launched their new Vita range, including the floorstanding Palma Vita and wall-hung Lima Vita, as well as the height-adjustable Lima Lifter.

As well as improved aesthetics, the new range is focused on meeting more people's needs, and adapting as such needs change in the future.

The only wash and dry toilets manufactured in Britain, they are produced in the first new factory to be opened in The Potteries in more than 25 years.

You can see more details here


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6. Latest updates – Care Act assessments

The Independent Living Strategy Group (chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell) is seeking information about cases where an individual has been in dispute with their local authority concerning assessment and/or support provided under the Care Act, and where the local authority has climbed down following a threat of legal action. If this is you, please get in touch

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Until next time, all good wishes,


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