Posted on 13/11/2011 11:43 AM
|Reply to Yvettea (05/11/2011 12:56 PM)|
Has anyone tried the leg pillow at £12.99?
It looks really good and would help the poor circulation in my leg.
I found this as well. I put it down to me having short legs and not fitting in the moulded area.
has anyone tried a book rest.. im thinking of adding a readezy book support from http://www.co-opxest.com but not sure how easy page turning would be.
Posted on 13/11/2011 9:51 AM
I have found Argos very good price wise compared to some "special" disabled aids supply shops. the term disabled often adds £££s to items.....
I got mine from Aldi (looks just like the Argos tubular one but cost less)so if you have time watch for the Aldi /lidl offers.mine does up to 18 stone.
try searching for heavy duty bariatric walkers online so you are armed with an average price before walking in a shop.
shop below has good pics and descriptions of types.
shop around. boots do them, Halfords has a 28st one at about £175.
--regarding Off Road use--- I use mine to sit on while hanging out washing and to carry basket.. they work not bad if the ground is dry and hard. although walking on uneven grass is hard work. not ideal on squidgy mud and grass and cleaning is required to ensure all 4 wheels can keep turning. if your out and its been raining and you go into a shop, I would recommend doing the rollator shuffle ie roll it back and forth on the shops door mat before proceding on the shops smooth tiled or wood floors. Just to dry the wheels.
they dont work in snow or ice but hey neither does my power scooter.
--In the house--
they are fine on carpet, tiles and wood/laminate flooring.
I would recommend the type with brakes if you MIL has bother sitting to stand just so it doesnt roll away mid stand.
Posted on 07/11/2011 8:45 AM
I know that you can claim VAT back on mobility aids and on a car, is there anything else disabled people can claim VAT back on.
ie can you claim VAT back on buying a house thats been adapted, the VAT on new or further building adaptations or the VAT on the actual payments.
you know what its like anything money connected is a well kept secret.
Posted on 25/10/2011 5:24 AM
wonder if its five miles via AA route planner or Five miles as the crow flys
Posted on 25/10/2011 5:19 AM
normaly watch lidl for them, but my district nurse gives me a couple of boxes a year..
Posted on 24/10/2011 11:54 AM
Think we should start a letter writting protest.. the 5 mile rule is going to be a big problem to lots of disabled people whos carers or helpers live outwith..
mayby starting with a letter to the organising bodies for all our individual conditions to ask for help in coordingating a protest. or simply to let people know about the changes..
what do you think
Posted on 24/10/2011 11:35 AM
you take your badge along with 2 new passprt photos to your councils Q& A office or rent office/cash office and fill in a short form.... then they make it up for you to take away.
Some councils now charge for the renewal... Ive never paid yet but have talked about this on another forum peeps accross the UK are paying anything from £3 to £26 for the renewal.. Less and less councils are renewing for free.
Hope this helps
Posted on 23/10/2011 11:16 AM
can anyone find anything on the motability website.. I cant see anything official...
This also means that I will no longer be able to go on holiday with the family. we always take 2 cars and my other driver drives me in mine with all my kit. their is no way to fit a powerchair, a walking frame, hoist, bath seat, vent. baby buggy, clothes for 6....4 bikes, 6 peeps and 2 dogs with travel cages into one car...
going to bed to pull the covers over my head. may not bother getting out again the world stinks...
Posted on 23/10/2011 10:00 AM
something else for me to worry about.
firstly my second driver(sister) lives more than 5miles away. she seldom drives my car and rarly without me in it. But I really need her to be able to drive me (in my car) from hospital trips. another issue is there is no parking at her house. when I visit I drive up to the door, they unload me and my other driver then relocates the car a five minute walk around the corner. I cannt park there as there is no low kerbs or safe crossing.
dont like the sound of the capping of cars, although the article is confusing you always had to "top up" with an advance payment for more expensive cars. looks like Im going to be stung on ordering even an average larger car as autos are always more expensive. an extra £1000 on my current car a manual version would have been £499.
dont see how this will combat fraud and false claims, only the true disabled people are being punished as any fraud claims still are quids in as they get a car of some description.
Posted on 19/10/2011 12:21 PM
mayby Im just a totaly sad person, but Ive been logging into vote for the kitties everyday and I find watching them really relaxing.
they had some adoptions at the weekend.. it fair cheered me up.
Our NHS needs to take tips from the staff at this rescue centre, they are constantly cleaning. they have around 80 cats and the place looks spotless.
Posted on 19/10/2011 12:15 PM
Its amazing how much they think you can streach your DLA to cover,
my local hosp ( a new build I may add) has minimal disabled parking and didnt bother with dropped kerbs!!!!
Ah well, one is handy for A & E when they get run over in the old wheelchair.
Posted on 19/10/2011 12:06 PM
I have a few of the suction ones with click lock. have good bad points like anything:-
you can take them when you travel. (or visiting)
If you find the angles wrong or not in the right place you can move them with out the- ohnooo lots of drill holes.
they are strong.
they are cheap & easy to fit (dont need any tools)
come in lots of angles
They dont rust
they need refitting quite regular. (mines tend to fall off during the night and freak us out)
the one in the shower pretty much needs refitting every other day (think its the steam)
they are kid magnets. (if you have little peeps visiting or resident test before you use)
So as long as you refit regular they are great. I have yet to have one come of the wall when using it. but after a little helper "fixed" one for me it did fall off and break a flour tile.
If you are getting them, I would recommend the type with the visual colour safety display ie green dot means safe. red dot means needs re fitting.
Posted on 17/10/2011 9:54 AM
Some cute cat theraphy. with lots of AWW
Freinds of Felines is a no cage cat rescue centre in Defiance Ohio. they have a web cam set up in the shelter that runs 24/7. real calming to watch the kitties play
If you have time, vote for them for their funding competition.
Posted on 17/10/2011 7:52 AM
this happened near where I work. the general thoughts localy is that the older brother took advantage of his sister during a vulnerable time. (drink.drugs mental health issues and being homeless) and his advances where partly the reason she left home. she may have been 17 at that particular incident but was he abusing her a year - -2 years or more before this came to light.
hope she manages to get a fresh start in Enlgand..
Posted on 16/10/2011 9:17 AM
most things they cant reuse. even items that where very lightly used for hygeine issues.
think the problem comes when electric items have a service policy. they need to be transfered over to the other area. It will depend on if them and how cost effective this is in their view. They new area may want to re assses you even if you are happy with your stuff. as it may be cheaper to renew than insure/service old stuff.
If non of the items get serviced I would plead ignorance and move them as I doubt they will look for them once you move and your file is archived. Only reason they would have to look if the council rented the equipment from a 3rd party or an ongoing service package. ie my stairlift has a service package - my neighbours hoist and stairlift is rented as they are awaiting residential care.
Posted on 16/10/2011 8:46 AM
"If anyone is in the Glasgow area and wants to visit a wheelchair accessible house to cuddle a baby"
lol fairysparkle. i might just take you up on that.
People never stop amazinging me on on how hurtful their coments can be. and they seem to think they can say anything to a disabeld person and be justified. and the "I (they) didnt mean anything by it" really bugs me..
big hugs for you and baby bump
It is however unsettling when the docs get it wrong. last time I was in as an emergancy a doc questioned my longterm condition and said I couldnt possible have it as Im a female.
Posted on 15/10/2011 4:18 AM
the above may be of some interest to the mummys to be.
this company do custom made gadgets for disabled people. 2 of the case studies made me think you new mums to be.
one is for a walking wobbly mum to push a pram hands free while using crutches
and another is for a wheely mum to get their little bundle about.
What about nighties for bed time and staying in. John lewis do boys and girls ones. I got one from john lewis that had a ribbon at the bottom to pull it into a little sleeping bag shape I also found the in line staight buttons on their other style easier to do than having to do up the butons on the bum part of a baby grow. nighty is much easier when butt changing in the semi dark when your not complety with it.
Posted on 14/10/2011 2:17 PM
I take it Drivability is one of the Driving Assessment centres done south. We only have one n scotland (Edinburgh) although they do have a mobil assement centre that visits 3 of the bigger hospitals. I needed a GP referel which was fine then I waited about a year and in the end I had to order my car without an assesment.
My main issue at the minute is brake control as I get really bad cramp when in the car too long due to spinal damage and sciatica. planing in working in gently. I will have more experience in what I need by the end of my contract(in 3 to 5 yrs)
thanks for reply
Posted on 14/10/2011 7:14 AM
adaptations company swung by the house today to balance the hoist for my scooter before returning it to the dealer.
and low and behold motability didnt sanction the removal of the folding boot seats meaning my scooter will not fit in one piece and their is no way I can lift the seat off on my own. So they have taken it back, awaiting permission and payment to remove the boot seat.
concern number 2 I have very small hands and when I had a wee feel at the push pull hand control I cant really reach the pull wheel and the pull. I did a driving demo with another company (same controls/same car) and I was able to hook my thumb in the wheel and rap the other 4 finger around the pull control. Is this something that slakens with age. I did voice it with the guy but he simply said lean on the door, but this would mean always driving with one hand.
I really thought the angle of the handle was something that could be adjusted to the driver.
I really wont know how things work till I get the car and drive it.
Posted on 14/10/2011 4:05 AM
anyone been diagnosed for sleep apnea? some of your posts sound like your that worn out that your bodies keping you awake. ie bodies zonked but the mind just keeps racing.
sleep apnea and related respiratry conditions can be caused by being over weight, meds and underlying conditions. your body is simply not getting the right oxygen/co2 due to the throat sucking itself closed when you sleep.
the key symptoms are, snooring- sleeping during the day(anytime you sit still for 5) sore heads -- in more severe cases like mine was you go a lovely shade of blue.