Welcome to this week's Independent Living news roundup.
19.08.20 Contents:
Different care options
Sit to be Fit at home
Adapting to COVID with Closomat
Independent Living Webinars?
Alternative Tour de Vale
Latest - Future for funerals
1. Different care options

Months of managing at home in isolation have led many elderly people to reconsider where they live and how to make sure they have the support they need in the future.

A guest article from Country Cousins looks at the pros and cons of the various options, from care homes to live-in care, sheltered housing or retirement villages.

Read the article here


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2. Sit To Be Fit at home

Tailored Leisure is a new social enterprise set up in the north-east by Tara Johnson, a mum with cerebral palsy, who wants to break down the barriers to access that still exist in the fitness and leisure industries.

To help people keep fit despite the restrictions of COVID-19, they are offering a free 12 week exercise programme, Sit To Be Fit at home.

Read more here


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3. Adapting to COVID with Closomat

Being a healthcare worker in the middle of a global pandemic must be one of the hardest jobs to do.

Not only are you worried about your own health and safety but also the health of your clients, patients and family.

Closomat has been changing the way they work on assessments, training and education to protect healthcare colleagues and deliver COVID safe services.

More details here


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4. Independent Living webinars?

As you know, Independent Living exists to provide free information, and we earn our living thanks to advertising support from reputable suppliers.

During lockdown, everybody has become more used to the idea of virtual presentations of product information, and I would like to know whether you might be interested in short presentations with an opportunity to ask questions of the supplier afterwards?

Let me know here!


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5. Alternative Tour de Vale

In normal years, WheelPower, the British wheelchair sports association would now be looking forward to their biggest annual fundraising event, the Tour de Vale bike ride.

It can't take place, for the usual reasons, but they have come up with an alternative, and could really do with as much support as possible to help fill the hole in their finances.

Keeping fit and active is so important for health - WheelPower works to make sure people with disabilities can get back in the gym, sports hall and swimming pool.

Find out more here


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6. Latest - on Funerals

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has gone as far as they can with their investigation into the funerals market.

I am paraphrasing, but essentially they have concluded that although the sector does not work well and needs reform, the middle of a national crisis is not the time to try and do it.

Read the updated information here


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That's it until next week! 

Thank you for reading and best wishes,


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