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Adjusting to life in a wheelchair

... Adjusting to life in a wheelchair mobility, independence, story, Older parents can find themselves in a wheelchair for all sorts of health reasons after which life can change significantly from the norm. Katherine Pyne, creator of online disability shop designed2enable, found herself in ...

Tips for travelling with ageing parents

... Tips for travelling with ageing parents holiday, mobility, wheelchair, travel As our parents get older, we need to put some thought into the issues surrounding long-distance travel. We might be going on holiday together, or they might be travelling separately. Here are ...

Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia

... Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia dementia, mobility, wheelchair, swallowing, story This week's storyteller is Hannah Davies. Hannah shares how she's learnt to embrace the changes in her mum's health as her dementia progresses. Autumn has arrived for my seaside town, and whilst ...

Holiday destinations for older people

... Holiday destinations for older people Holiday, mobility, wheelchair, travel, insurance As people get older, they don't always fancy fighting with hordes of tourists for an inch of camera space. Sometimes a holiday should be just that a break, something different and a ...

Improvements in accessibility in public transport

... signage. A driver, inspector or conductor can no longer direct a passenger to leave a vehicle on the grounds of being disabled. Wheelchairs of a certain size,- up to 1350mm tall, 700mm wide and 1200mm long- must be allowed on the bus. ...

Expectations in dementia care

... Expectations in dementia care dementia, eldercare, wheelchair, pets, carer This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. It's hard to know what to demand from a care home or how to achieve it. A daughter rates her mother's experience. Alzheimer's Society chief ...

Cruise review: recuperative, fun or a health challenge?

... really speedy, possibly because we arrived ridiculously early as we'd heard that Gatwick was about to flood. Several of the passengers were in wheelchairs and were treated, as far as we could see, with great grace. There were much longer check in queues on the ...

How to prepare for your parent moving in

... trips and falls and narrow walkways between furniture may need to be widened if your parent is reliant on a walking frame or has a wheelchair. Having space Depending on the size of your home it may be a good idea to set aside a disused downstairs room as ...

I'm struggling with my aunt's reliance on me as her carer

... medication half the time. We try to take her out here and there but her walking issues make it difficult. She refuses a wheelchair and won't let us get medical advice. Instead it's down to me to take the strain of holding her up as she walks ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... of their health and wellbeing and can help to make the move into care a little easier for your parent. How good is the wheelchair access? Even if your parent doesn't use mobility aids or a wheelchair when they move into care there may come a time when ...