Feb 15

MPs Call For Govt To Address Elderly Housing Problems


More help should be given to elderly people in the UK so they can adapt their homes to suit their changing needs and reduce the number moving into residential care, MPs have urged in a new report.

The Communities and Local Government Committee’s Housing For Older People document highlighted the problems faced by the ageing population to stay safe and comfortable in their homes.

The report noted that this group of people’s issues are diverse, but called for a “national strategy, which brings together and improves the policy on housing for older people”.

Among the suggestions are readily available handyman services to make repairs, adaptations and maintenance to enable residents to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

The green paper also recommended all new properties be made to Category 2 Building Regulations standard so they adequately satisfy people’s needs as they get older; it called for councils to address how they intend to deliver appropriate houses to the elderly; urged lenders to improve customer service and guidance for older people applying for mortgages; and to increase access to shared ownership and equity.

This strategy is urgent, the MPs claimed, as 18 per cent of the UK population was over 65 years of age in 2016. What’s more, the number of people 85 and over looks likely to double over the next 25 years.

One thing that elderly people do need to change in their home is their bathroom. As they become less mobile, walk-in baths or easy access showers are much easier to use than standard facilities.

By making these adaptations to their bathroom, they will be able to wash themselves more easily without any help. Therefore, they will stay independent and in their own home for much longer – a liberty most people want to hold on to as they get older.

Feb 10

British Red Cross Criticises Elderly Care


Small walk in baths are just some of the many ways in which people can maintain more independence at home as they get older.

This is important for many people, and can actually benefit the mental health of some too.

It is also not a great time to be entering social care as the NHS and social care crisis has hit the UK harder than ever this year.

The two are thought to be exacerbating each other, with some saying the crisis in social care is putting increased pressure on the NHS.

Now the British Red Cross, which called the problems the NHS faced last year a humanitarian crisis, has claimed that many of the problems faced by the NHS are due to elderly people becoming stuck in an “endless cycle of avoidable hospital readmissions”.

Chief executive Mike Adamson told The Independent newspaper: “We believe that routine home inspections, when someone vulnerable is discharged from hospital, could flag basic steps that would prevent dangerous falls and repeat admittance to hospital. This could dramatically ease the flow of patients in and out of hospitals, helping to free up critical bed space.”

In a report, the charity says that elderly people are increasingly being sent home from hospital, without the right care in place only for them to end up back in A&E.

The report goes on to show that emergency readmission has risen 23 per cent over the past five years, and states this is due to the lack of care available for elderly people. They criticised hospitals for not identifying the issues earlier on, and addressing them.

Dec 07

Is Multigenerational Living Set To Rise In Popularity?


You can barely go a day without seeing something in the news about the housing crisis in the UK at the moment, so it will probably come as little surprise that people are reconsidering how they live and looking at alternative options.

AOL recently highlighted a study by online estate agent Tepilo.com, which found that three in five Brits would consider buying a home with other members of their family and creating a multigenerational household.

What’s more, one in six actually said they would love to live in this kind of home. However, the biggest concern with having this sort of larger household was a lack of privacy.

To make multigenerational living bearable, having separate living spaces was an important factor, as were separate bathrooms and kitchens.

This does make sense though, especially as older members of your family may benefit from the likes of walk in baths that aren’t so appealing to those from younger generations.

In fact, having this kind of bath was recently cited as one of the best adaptations for older people to make to their homes, because they can help prevent slips, trips and falls in the bathroom, New Zealand-based publication GrownUps stated.

Founder of Tepilo.com Sarah Beeny commented: “I think some people are starting to turn off from the fast-paced, technology-led way of life that’s become the norm, and wish they could return to more traditional values.”

Although she did add that for multigenerational living to really take off in the UK, there would need to be an increase in larger fit-for-purpose properties on the market.

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Feb 21

How To Make Your Home Disability Friendly


There may come a time in the future where you have to adapt your house to make it more disability friendly. Perhaps your circumstances have changed, perhaps an elderly relative is coming to live you, perhaps one of your children has an accident. There are countless reasons why you might need to do this later down the line – so having an idea of what might need to be done at home is certainly advisable.

Let’s start with the outside of the property. You may need to make some changes to your garden to ensure it’s easily accessible and not hard to navigate your way around. Avoid using cobbles or loose gravel and stones in the driveway as this can make it hard for people to cross, while concrete or paving would be better for wheelchair access, for example. You might also need to install a ramp leading up to the house.

Inside, doorways may need to be widened if you have to accommodate a wheelchair inside. Review the doorknobs that you have on the doors as well – use handles instead of knobs as these are easier to pull down than to turn. Keep thoroughfares in the house free from clutter and easily accessible, and consider installing handrails in the hallway and going up the stairs if required.

The bathroom is one area of the house that might need a bit more attention. Consider installing safety rails, a panic button, mini walk-in baths, walk-in showers and so on – if you need any advice
on this matter, get in touch with us at Practical Bathing. It needn’t be overly difficult to make these changes to your home, especially if you have the help and advice from professionals like the Practical Bathing team. Give us a call now if you want to find out more.

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Dec 03



The end 2016, we are pleased to announce our December sale on selected products. The price reductions will run from 5th to 31st December, so don’t miss out! If you are considering a walk in bath for yourself, or a relative, now is the time to purchase! Our prices are already very competitive, but these reduced prices offer incredible value for money.

Baths take 2-3 weeks to manufacture, so we can still deliver pre-Christmas if you order early. Otherwise delivery will be in the New Year.

Take a look now on www.practicalbathing.co.uk

Nov 30

Have You Heard Of DisabledGo?


If you’re disabled and often find it quite hard to travel to new places because you’re not sure what sort of accessibility options different towns and cities have, then you might find the DisabledGo website particularly useful.

This has been running for more than 14 years, publishing detailed access information for thousands of venues across the UK and Ireland, whether that’s cinemas and restaurants, pubs and shops, hotels and hospitals, railway stations and universities… the list goes on.

The aim of the site is to maximise choice and independence for disabled people by helping them access their local area, as well as places they want to visit. The site has been developed by disabled people for disabled people, with each venue visited and surveyed properly before it goes on the site.

The site itself is incredibly user friendly – all you have to do is decide what kind of place you want to visit, then type it into the search box on the DisabledGo website. Enter the postcode and your radius of search, and you’ll soon be on your way.

A recent study from the organisation, published in 2014, found that two-thirds of retail staff were given no training in how to help disabled customers, while under a third of department stores had accessible changing rooms. And 40 per cent of restaurants had no accessible toilets at the time.

Commenting on the survey, DisabledGo chairman Barry Stevenson said that many retailers have significantly invested in improving their accessibility options in the last decade, but more needs to be done.

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