CASCAIDr Interview part 1
A lot of people are aware of the issues surrounding Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You might not be aware that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are actually proposing some changes around how the assessments are carried out. Fortunately, they want to hear from you. Firstly, on what you think of their proposals but also if you have any proposals of your own. This is a pretty big opportunity and you don't want to miss out on it. Changes won't affect eligibility immediately but they may in the future. The deadline for taking part is the 29th January Click here to find out more -
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This week's Independent Living news roundup: our nutrition expert, Mary Farmer, looks at blood pressure – what sends it up, what we can do to help keep it down. Politics – why aren't there more elected representatives with a disability? The fund set up to help level the playing field was suspended in 2015… Councils can't charge people for the first six weeks of intermediate care, even if they call it something different. Measuring the home environment for assistive devices – new research study at Brunel needs participants. Many wheelchair users are living with pain on a daily basis, due to using their mobility device, and how can assistive technology help close the disability employment gap?

Our resident nutrition expert, Mary Farmer, has been looking at blood pressure. What makes it go up? And what can we do to help keep it down?

Is politics a disability-free zone? Campaign to reinstate Access to Elected Office Fund @MoreUnitedUK

Until its closure, the Access to Elected Office fund provided grants of between £250 and £40,000 to disabled individuals standing for election, or selection as a candidate, in national elections across Britain; local and mayoral contests in England.


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What makes a Changing Places facility?

Changing Places are designed to be completely accessible and provide sufficient space and equipment for people who cannot use the toilet independently.

Revised framework for NHS CHC

Belinda Schwehr, CEO of CASCAIDr ( and Proprietor of Care and Health Law, offers her critique of the Revised National Framework for NHS CHC, or Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care

This week's Independent Living news roundup: there has been a big increase in fall-related deaths – beyond what can be explained by the demographics. So what are the reasons? How can Smart Home Technology and the Internet of Things support independent living for older and disabled people? The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit sanctions – tell them about your experiences. Following World Voice Day, how to take care of this essential organ, and what resources are there for people with speech and language difficulties? Liverpool has a new wheelyboat, “Sir Bert Massie". And Easylink UK's updated showcase of dementia aids comes with a 10% discount for Independent Living visitors.

Hospital admissions for falls amongst people aged over 65 are projected to reach nearly 1000 a day in the next two years.

This week's Independent Living news roundup: there has been so much talk about adult social care – where it is failing, how to make it better, what we can afford… we look at the seven principles which will underpin the Green Paper. Older people need fun too – governing bodies adapt their sports to suit: less physically demanding and no expensive kit required. How to give yourself the best chance of finding an accessible home. And how about a Recommended Daily Allowance for gardening, to help get the exercise you need! Now What Can I Eat? You could help fund a new cookery book for people who are immune suppressed. Finally, the launch of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, and the winner of the AccessAdvisr prize draw.

We are all waiting with bated breath for the publication of the government's Green Paper on social care, sometime later this year.

Paying unpaid carers

This guest blog is written by Matthew Harris, formerly one of Britain's army of unpaid carers, looking after his mother who had Huntington’s Disease. He is campaigning for carers to be properly paid for their work, as one means of addressing the growing care crisis.

Governing bodies adapted sports for older people -

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Now What Can I Eat - The Book -

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New CEO launches Gainsborough Healthcare Group @GSB_Baths @abacusbaths

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Just christened my new walking shoes by the beautiful River Tweed!

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Risk Assessment & Hoist FAQ

Hoist FAQ - Before choosing a hoist you should complete a risk assessment and consider various possible options to ensure you reach the correct solution

All about tears

My lovely sister-in-law used to save up sad thoughts for when she was chopping onions, so that she didn't let her tears go to waste.