After a two-year break due to COVID, the Blackwood Design Awards are back.
The competition is open for inventions, designs and concepts that can boost independent living and enable people with disabilities to live life to the full. Advanced tech and simple but effective are equally welcome! Previous winner Grant Douglas is pictured here with his Sup Spoon.
As many of you are all too well aware, since Brexit it has been extremely difficult to recruit personal assistants and care staff. It isn't all about the end of freedom of movement, of course, but pre-existing problems of low pay and lack of career progression in the sector have certainly been exacerbated by this.
The Migration Advisory Committee has produced a report highlighting the 66,000 current shortfall in care workers and 267,000 that will be required to keep up with growing demand.
A more positive approach to immigration could help in the short term...
Friday is spinal cord injury awareness day, a time to reflect on the challenges faced by people with SCI.
There is a world of difference between being born with a disability and acquiring one through a serious accident, which happens to someone in Britain every four hours.
It means forgetting everything you used to know about living your life and starting again, invariably without the independence you once took for granted. Mental health is likely to take a hit, and David Miller's article about SCI and self-esteem is a good read for anyone seeking to understand what someone with SCI is experiencing.
In response to continued high demand, Shaun Masters, Occupational Therapist and Theraposture Equipment Specialist, will be re-running his ‘Helping adult clients get legs into bed’ webinar for the final time over three dates in May and June.
Focused on the role played by two popular products, the Theraposture leg lifter and rotating Rotoflex bed, the free webinars provide an opportunity for OTs to explore best practice in safe bed transfers.
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