Sep 03

Popular Tourist Locations ‘Not Catering For Disabled People’


The chief executive of Disability Wales has come out and said that services provided for people with disabilities at popular tourist locations around the country are not good enough, with people being excluded because of a lack of accessible facilities.

Rhian Davies noted that disabled people and their families are finding it hard to secure suitable accommodation, find places to eat or even visit locations and attractions because the services, toilets and facilities aren’t available, the BBC reports.

She was quoted by the news source as saying: “One of the basic principles of independent living is for disabled people to have choice and control over how they go about their day-to-day lives. This includes having access to cultural opportunities such as visiting tourist attractions and accessing other recreational activities. Local authorities should do more to ensure accessibility of tourist attractions and events, as should local businesses.”

As a company, it makes good business sense to cater for all people so carrying out a review to see if there are any accessibility improvements that could be made may well be wise.

This could include the installation of smaller items like grab rails in bathrooms or even bidet toilet seats and other toilet aids. These can be easily and quickly fitted to your existing toilet so would be a simple change to your bathroom but one that could really help disabled people feel more included. Powered lifters are also available that could help disabled people lower themselves or get back up when using the loo.

Apr 13

Driverless Cars ‘Will Improve Lives’ Of Those With Mobility Issues


People with mobility issues could benefit from the roll-out of driverless cars, with six in ten saying that they expect these connected vehicles to improve their quality of life.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) study found that six out of every ten people in the UK will see their lives transformed by these new cars, offering freedom to some of the most disadvantaged people in the UK, including those with disabilities, and both young and older people.

Features most likely to reduce stress for drivers included automatic braking and parking, as well as the vehicle’s ability to self-diagnose its own faults. Some 49 per cent of people with mobility issues said that owning this kind of car would allow them to go out more often and pursue hobbies outside of home more.

“The benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles are life-changing, offering more people greater independence, freedom to socialise, work and earn more, and access services more easily. While fully autonomous cars will be a step change for society, this report shows people are already seeing their benefits,” chief executive of the SMMT Mike Hawes said.

For example, former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt – who was left paralysed from the neck down following an accident 16 years ago – was recently given the first licence for an autonomous car in the US, allowing him to drive on roads in a specially modified car that doesn’t need hands on the steering wheel or feet on the pedals, according to an Associated Press report.

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Mar 28

Premier League Football Clubs ‘Failing’ Disabled Fans


Premier League football clubs around the UK don’t appear to cater adequately for disabled fans. New research from learning disability charity Mencap reveals that just seven clubs in the league have fully accessible toilets in their stadiums.

The Toilet League Table, as it has been dubbed, ranks the number of Changing Places facilities in stadiums, the date of instalment, if the toilet has been publicly registered, the number of wheelchair seating available and if a club has confirmed plans to install Changing Places toilets by August this year.

A typical Changing Places loo can be installed for £10,000 (which is apparently the equivalent of two hours of Eden Hazard’s weekly salary or 16 and a half Crystal Palace season tickets). These toilets are vital for more than a quarter of a million people with severe disabilities who need more space and equipment than you’d find in a standard disabled facility.

“It’s inexcusable for over half of the Premier League to be without fully accessible toilets for all disabled fans. Nobody wants to leave a game halfway through to go home just to use the toilet. Without a Changing Places facility the only other option is the degrading experience of being changed on what may be a dirty, unhygienic toilet floor,” Mencap activism manager Clare Lucas said.

Each Changing Places toilet comes with a non-slip floor, a waste bin for disposable pads, a central toilet with room on either side, a screen or curtain for privacy and enough space for the disabled person and up to two carers.

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Elderly Care
Oct 28

UK Care Home Closure rate ‘Worrying’


The rate of care home closures in the UK has been concerning the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for quite some time, it would seem, with new research showing that in the last six years the number of homes has fallen by almost 1,500 to reach 16,600.

Furthermore, evidence from the organisation would suggest that council contracts – which provide help for tasks like dressing and washing – are being rejected by a worrying number of home care providers, the BBC reports.

Andrea Sutcliffe, social care chief inspector with the CQC, told the newspaper that these results do indicate that the long-term sustainability where high quality care is concerned in the home care sector is at risk.

“Given the impact this would have on people’s lives, it is important that we continue to monitor these trends closely. We know that the adult social care sector faces many financial pressures, which worryingly, could undermine the quality and safety of care that people receive and rely upon every day,” she went on to say.

Further research from the CQC revealed this week (October 13th) that some services in the UK are still failing to improve their standards even though they’ve been given clear information and instructions as to where improvements are required.

It was found that 47 per cent of care providers that were re-inspected after receiving a ‘requires improvement’ rating were not able to do this. What’s more, in eight per cent of these cases, the quality of care dropped so much that a downgrade to ‘inadequate’ was made.

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