Carers Week 2012

June 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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With over six million carers in the UK it is paramount that their tireless work is appreciated and that they are recognised as individuals, which is why I support Carers Week. An annual awareness campaign brought together by a coalition of charities including Age UK, Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Carers Trust.

This year’s campaign centres around the theme ‘In sickness and in health’ and hopes to educate carers on looking after their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of the loved one who they care for.

Carers Week 2012

Carers Week 18th – 24th June 2012

In a recent study it’s been reported that nearly 40% of carers put their own health in jeopardy because of their caring commitments. Some carers don’t feel that they have the time or support to seek medical attention for themselves, whilst others are so tightly wrapped up in the welfare of their loved one that their personal needs get overlooked.

Government cuts and tightly squeezed local authorities unfortunately mean that many unpaid carers are receiving little help from the state. Sadly more and more carers are being forced to give up work to care full time, subsequently meaning that their lives revolve solely around caring. It comes as little surprise that a majority of health issues affecting carers are due to the heavy strain of being a primary carer.

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Support carers of all ages this Carers Week

As well as encouraging carers to seek the necessary help and advice in all areas of their caring life- health, well-being and financial support- Carers Week also encourages carers to find time for themselves with a host of events been held up and down the country this week.

Events range from workshops in arts and crafts to tai chi and yoga which aim to help carers de-stress. For people who’d prefer a simple chat over a cup of tea and biscuits, social gatherings and coffee mornings are also on the agenda; perfect if you’re looking to make friends with other carers, which can be extremely beneficial if you care full time.

Carers make life so much more fulfilling for elderly, poorly and disabled people, which is why I think Carers Week is a campaign that is worth supporting; visit www.carersweek.org for more information.

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Mobility Scooter- Driving Test Training

April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Mobility scooters are a great resource for elderly and disabled people who struggle to get out and about.  My own mobility scooter brand, Road-Knight, supplies a variety of scooters including road and pavement only scooters, which provide customers with a sense of independence, and in some cases a lifeline to the world outside.

Road-Knight customers are able to visit us to learn more about the scooters which we offer. However, some providers don’t supply this opportunity to their customers meaning that many people using mobility scooters for the first time go out without any training or knowledge of how to handle a scooter.  

If you are planning to purchase a mobility scooter for the first time I would strongly advice trying before you buy, especially if you are purchasing off the internet where prices are extremely competitive. Most mobility centres stock huge ranges of scooters and are more than happy to demonstrate and let you test drive different scooters so that you can work out which scooter is suitable for your needs, something which is very important.

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Mobility scooter users face driving test style training

Statistics have sadly revealed that in the past five years there have been 17 incidents across the country where mobility scooters have been involved in accidents. This has resulted in both police forces and charities calling for driving test style training for mobility scooter users.

In South Yorkshire the police are planning to offer local users of mobility scooters a free two hour course which will cover different aspects of owning a mobility scooter. From how to handle the machine, how to manoeuver safely and confidently, theory practice which is appropriate to understand as a scooter driver and the legalities of travelling via scooter involving speed limits, serving the machine, using lights etc.

Further to South Yorkshire police’s training course, Labour MP Alison Seabeck, has fronted a campaign which calls for stricter regulations and checks on mobility scooters and their owners. This campaign has received backing from Scooter-A-Long, a charity for disabled people in the South West, who hope that it will reduce accidents and ensure safer conditions for scooter users, road users and pedestrians.  

As a supplier of mobility scooters, and a host of other mobility aids, I feel strongly about helping people regain their independence and believe that access to such equipment is paramount in doing so. However, safety is crucial when using any mobility aid therefore access to training and practical help is a positive step forward and could potentially give scooter users more confidence about getting out and about both independently and safely.

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