A Stairlift In Time For Christmas !!!!

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A Stairlift In Time For Christmas !!!!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Allicia Chatman, 52, loves shopping, cooking, listening to Mojo 100.3 FM and watching movies.

Those who nominated her for The Enquirer’s Wish List, described her as sweet and optimistic with a smile that lights up a room.

But one thing that gives Chatman pause, literally, is the towering staircase in the Merseyside Township house she shares with her foster mother, Georgia Davis, and two roommates.

Chatman has cerebral palsy, a disability whose symptoms include difficulty controlling movements or having a restricted range of motion. In Chatman’s case, her feet are turned inward and only partly touch the floor, making it difficult for her to walk.

Chatman remains independent, using a wheelchair and a walker to get around.

“You have to wait for her to ask you for help,” said Sharon Hannon, marketing specialist at Liverpool Goodwill Industries, where Chatman attends a day program five days a week. “She likes to do things herself.”

Chatman can easily navigate her way around most places, including the accessible Goodwill building in Prescot where she sees her friends and participates in activities in the Goodwill Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program.

But carpeted staircase at home, which stretches up to Chatman’s bedroom, is a challenge.

She’s been doing the best she can. To get upstairs, she grabs the handrails and slowly hoists herself up the steps. When it’s time to come back down, she sits and slides down, step-by-step, on her backside. It’s a long process.

“It takes me so long to get up and down the steps, when my roommates go down and up the steps I have to move to the side,” said Chatman.

She’s been doing it this way for eight years.

Although Chatman never complained about the situation, those who know her know how difficult it is for her. A stair lift would make Chatman’s house truly accessible. It would instantly make life much easier for the happy, optimistic Chatman

Hero Saves OAP from Burning Building !!!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A hero delivery driver has told how he “didn’t think” before rushing into a burning house to rescue an elderly man.

Andrew Spouse, 26, from Liverpool, has been praised after he and a co-driver Lee Demarco broke down the door of Jackie Dunn’s house in Huyton, Merseyside , and pulled him to safety.

Mr Spouse was delivering plumbing materials to a neighbouring property when he spotted the blaze at around 9am yesterday.

“I know everyone says the same thing, but you honestly don’t think at the time. Afterwards you say to yourself, ‘What were you doing?'” he told the Evening News.

“It took a couple of seconds to work out what was going on.

I ran around the back but the door was locked. I tried kicking the door down a few of times but it wouldn’t break. My co-driver, Lee Demarco, stepped in and did it first time.

“I said to him later, ‘You must have done that before!’

“We went up the stairs and saw from the light where the fire was. I went into the back bedroom and kicked out the windows.”

Mr Spouse said that, entering Mr Dunn’s bedroom where the fire was burning, the smoke was so thick he couldn’t see at all. “It was only when I heard a voice saying ‘I can’t get up’ that I saw where he was.

“I dragged him to the top of the stairs but I knew I wasn’t going to manage, so I dragged him to the back windows.”

When firefighters arrived, they were able to put a ladder up at the back of the house and give the men oxygen while the fire was extinguished. Both men were then taken to the ERI.

Neighbour Kathleen Conroy said: “When the fire brigade and the police came, one of them said to me that he almost certainly saved that man’s life.”

Fire service group manager Steve Gourlay said the fire was thought to have been caused by a cigarette on a mattress.

He said: “Mr Spouse’s actions would certainly have prevented further injury to the occupier, but ideally if people are able to wait, they should make sure the fire service has been called and stay outside.”

Doctors released Mr Spouse from hospital later yesterday.

Meanwhile, firefighters also attended a fire at a top-floor flat inWhiston yesterday. A man, thought to be in his 50s, was rescued after suffering serious smoke inhalation.

Improvements for Community service !!!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

HS staff across England are taking control of the community services they deliver in a drive to improve outcomes for patients and transform patient care, the Department of Health has announced.

From April next year, all Primary Care Trusts should have separated the commissioning of community services from their provision. All staff and services will be transferred to a range of new organisations such as aspirant Community Foundation Trusts and Social Enterprises, or integrate with existing providers. This is part of the Transforming Community Services programme which will deliver more personalised care closer to home.

The new organisations will provide more choice for patients and have a vital role in the transfer of care and treatment from hospital settings to help patients with their recovery or manage their healthcare needs. The organisations will support the NHS in its drive to improve quality and productivity, by encouraging clinicians to innovate to transform services, promote healthy lifestyles and focus on prevention.

Implementation of these plans will require real change management expertise, clinical engagement and patient input, to ensure completion of transfers prior to the end of March.

26 per cent of the value of community services currently provided by PCTs will, in the future, be provided by Community Foundation Trusts, and a further 10 per cent by Social Enterprises. Both of these innovative models have a strong emphasis on community involvement so that they are truly accountable to patients and led by local decisions.

Community Foundation Trusts will be financially more independent but still part of the NHS family. Eight have already become NHS Trusts and are on their way to gaining Community Foundation Trusts status, with up to another eight to follow.

Community services will also be provided by integrating community services with acute or mental health services. Both of these models have their benefits in providing patients with joined up care or forging strong local authority partnerships.

Simon Burns, Minister of State for Health said: “The proposals we set out in the White Paper aim to put patients at the heart of the NHS, giving them more choice and better control over their care. These changes to community services will enable clinicans to deliver personalised and responsive care and better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in our society.Frontline staff will be in the driving seat to improve quality and integrate services to ensure the most effective outcomes for their patients. And there will be further benefits – frontline staff are best placed to provide the most efficient services so that local NHS money goes further. Plans are in place for Social Enterprises to provide almost £900m of services a year a major step towards our ambition to create the largest and most vibrant social enterprise sector in the world.”

The staff-led social enterprises will be set up under the Right to Request scheme where over 25,000 NHS staff are expected to transfer to these new local organisations. Three are already up and running – in Hull, Kingston & Leicester.

Ian Dalton, DH Managing Director of Provider Development and Chief Executive of North East SHA, said: “These plans provide firm foundations for transforming these key services and speeding up the transfer of services out of hospitals and in to local communities and people’s homes.The range of options chosen – including 16 aspirant Community Foundation Trusts and over 60 Right to Request social enterprises – shows the enthusiasm of local NHS staff for taking control of improving services for patients. These are potential ‘hot-beds’ of innovation and community engagement – but this is only the beginning. The hard work starts now as boards sign off business transactions and plans are completed, and the NHS gets underway with setting up new organisations. They will be able to empower staff to lead change and transform services and working practices.”

The NHS currently spends around £10 billion a year on services provided within the community, of which £8.5 billion (as represented by the pie chart above) is currently directly provided by primary care trusts. It is these services that PCTs are working to divest themselves of.

As at 25 November, 98 per cent of these have either already transferred or have been agreed by the Department and are moving towards their final form by April 2011. We expect to agree the remaining three approved in December 2010.

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS NHST) became the first community NHS Trust on 1 April 2010 (so already separated from local PCT).

CCS NHST plans to undertake a formal public consultation in Jan – March 2011 as part of its application for NHS Foundation Trust status.

Speedy Shopper !!!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A shopper has been given an £80 fine after crashing his mobility scooter at a Tesco store in Merseyside.

Liverpool Police said a man was seen speeding down an aisle at the Huyton store.

The offence happened at around 11.20am on Thursday.

Police said security staff became concerned at the speed the man was travelling when he narrowly missed a small child.

He was then asked to slow down, but became verbally abusive.

The 32-year-old then drove into the barriers at the front of the store, causing damage.

He was detained by store security staff, before police were called.

Officers than issued him with an £80 fine for causing criminal damage.

The man, who has not been named, is believed to live locally, and is a regular shopper at the store.

Nobody from Tesco was willing to comment about the case and it is not clear if the man will be banned from the store following the crash.

£12,000 for Liverpool Disabled Centre!!!!!!!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

THE Liverpool Centre for disabled children in Merseyside has been given £12,000 by North West EnglandCouncil to improve its building.

The charity needs £50,000 to improve a first-floor bedroom and bathroom, convert a loft space into offices and meeting space and refurbish the kitchen.

Marion Lee, director of services at the centre, said: “We are in desperate need of more room to meet with parents so we don’t have to take up living space for the centre’s users. Some of our conversations are confidential so we need designated, quiet areas to chat with families.”

The Greys Road centre provides respite care for children and young adults aged from two to 25 with multiple and complex healthcare needs.

It applied for money from the council’s community investment fund, which is open to applications for up to £15,000 until January 14.

Rodney Mann, cabinet member responsible for grants, said: “The Liverpool Centre is a very worthy cause.”

Make Your Bathroom Safe !

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Bathrooms at home usually need adaptation if an elderly or disabled wants to stay in the house and remain independent. Ensuring bathroom access and safety may require room customizations.

Falls often happen as people get in or out of the bathtub. Non-slip suction mats or non-skid tub liners or stickers can help prevent falls and provide firm footing.

Grab bars around the tub are a must for safety.

Various types of bars and poles are available from One Stop Mobility. The type, number, and positioning of supports depend on:

  • The wall space around the tub;
  • The wall structure;
  • The plumbing arrangements; and
  • The disability of the person using the tub.

Two kinds of grab bars are often needed at the bathtub for the disabled or elderly:

1. For use in getting in and out of the tub from a standing position;

2. For use when lowering and raising the body to and from a seated position in the tub.

U-shaped bars are available in 12- to 40-inch lengths. They may be installed vertically or horizontally to a wall.

A vertically placed U-bar, attached to the side wall at the foot of the tub, allows safe entry and exit. Note that the foot of the tub is the end where the water faucets and drain are located. This vertical bar should be about 32 inches long, and placed near the edge of the outer tub.

Horizontally placed support bars are best for lowering and raising the body to and from a sitting position in the tub. A 12- to 15-inch bar may be placed at the foot end of the tub and a longer one along the back wall.

Diagonally placed grab bars are not recommended because the hand may slide; and if footing is not secure, falls are more likely to occur.

If the tub is free-standing at both ends, like in most older homes, and the end wall is too far for grab bars to be secured, a vertically placed pole on the access side of the tub may be used. This pole should be about 1.5 inches in diameter and extend from floor to ceiling. Place it between 1 foot 3 inches to 1 foot 6 inches from the end of the tub, close enough to the access side to reach from a sitting position. It also can be used to grasp with one hand while operating the water controls.

Angle bars from the back wall or behind the tub to the floor, with wall posts, may be used when one or both tub ends are enclosed by a wall. This is useful for persons needing to use both hands to enter and exit the tub.

A variety of portable seats, chairs, and benches are also available if sitting on the bathtub floor is difficult or impossible. One seat has side flanges that adjust to fit any bathtub. Inside-the-tub chairs with backs for greater comfort are also sold in the market today. An inside/outside transfer bench with adjustable legs allows the person to sit on the bench that extends outside the tub then slide to the inside of the tub.

Any chair or bench must have non-slip rubber tips and should be safe and comfortable. When using this type of seats in the tub, a hand-held shower head is preferable to use.

An angle bar attached to two walls provides support while standing, and also aids in sitting and rising from a bath bench or chair.

If the shower floor is slippery, non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone treads should also be used there.

A non-skid bath mat on the floor outside the shower is a necessity.

The standard 15- to 17-inch height of toilet seats creates a problem for many people, especially those with arthritis, hip, knee or back problems. Elevating the seat 5-7 inches more will give better leverage in regaining a standing position.

There are several types of removable and permanently fixed raised toilet seats available in stores. For a more permanent raised toilet, a plumber can put the stool on a wooden platform made to fit the toilet bowl base. If you are building a new bathroom, consider a wall-hung toilet that can be hung at any height.

A portable bidet for cleaning the perineal area without hands or paper may be attached to any standard toilet bowl. It is electrically powered with a mechanism for spray washing with warm water and drying with a flow of warm air. This promotes independence for persons with very limited hand/arm functions.

Grab bars around the toilets are a must. Many types are available, and the choice will depend on:

  • Available wall space near the toilet;
  • Nearness to other fixtures in the room; and
  • Needs of people in the household.

If you have a physical limitation, we recommend you consult One Stop Mobility to help you select and recommend placement of grab bars and other accessories for safety in the bathroom. One Stop Mobility can manage every aspect of designing and installing your safer new bathroom. Making sure it is compleatly safe for you to use taking away the hassle of day to day things such as getting in and out of the bath. One Stop Mobilty will also make the bathroom look the part aswell, whether its a traditional look your or going for or a modern one, with all the disablity aids descreet and managable.

Exercise Your Way To A Healthy Body!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Many seniors and OAPs do not have a regular exercise regime due to chronic health conditions, or fears of injury or falls. Also health problems or disabilities can keep people from getting active.

But no matter your age or your currant Physical Condition, you can benefit from exercise.

Exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy as you get older, it can also help you manage the the illness and pain, maintain your independence and even reverse some of the symptoms of ageing. Keeping an active lifestyle is not only good for your body, it is good for your mind and memory.

Many seniors feel that it is too late to start an exercise program and that it will do more harm than good. But the truth of the matter is you cant afford to not maintain a healthy lifestyle by allowing exercise into your life.

Reaping the rewards of exersize doesnt require strenuious workouts, its about adding movement and activity to your life, even in  small ways. whether you are genrally healthy or are managing an illness, there are many different ways to get your body moving and improve your health.

before you begin your new exercise program, you should speak to your doctor , or your health care provider and discuss your health concerns. Ask if there are any activities you should avoid.

Amazing Offers On One Stop Mobility Bathlifts !

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

One Stop Mobility are currently having a huge sale on all of our Bathlifts!

We have some quality bathlifts on offer at the moment starting at a fantastic £599!!! We wont be able to make this offer last long so take advantage of it whilst you still can!

Phone up or come into our store to order your amazing Bathlift now!!!