Despite an ever-increasing proportion of the UK population relying on the use of wheelchairs and disability scooters to get from place to place, the number of households which have been properly adapted to cater for the needs of people with reduced mobility remains very low.
If you live somewhere that is not currently disability-friendly but are also in the fortunate position of having the resources necessary to completely redesign your living space, it is vital that you do so in a way that will be easy and, most importantly, safe to navigate. The kitchen is one of the most well-used rooms in any home, but it is also one of the most potentially hazardous; read on for some tips on how to ensure your new food preparation area is truly accessible. Continue reading
Accessible holidays have enjoyed a great surge in popularity in recent years, with the rapidly increasing number of disabled-friendly travel, accommodation and activity providers based in the UK and abroad now allowing almost everyone to experience the joy of discovering new destinations across the world. Continue reading
There can be no denying that, in years gone by, it could be difficult for disabled people to go on holiday and have a truly enjoyable time. A combination of bulky mobility aids, inaccessible accommodation and the inconsistent quality of disabled facilities at airports often led to wheelchair users deciding that travelling to foreign shores would be too much hassle and that it was simpler to take a ‘staycation’ or just not go away at all. Continue reading
It is not until someone becomes the user of a mobility scooter or wheelchair that they can fully appreciate how complicated it can be making one’s way around many of the UK’s most popular and widely-visited attractions. Things which are simple for those who do not have mobility difficulties (such as negotiating certain surfaces or travelling uphill) can instantly make a day out unnecessarily stressful for anyone who cannot walk for long distances unaided.
Historically, exploring public gardens has presented logistical problems for people with limited mobility. Here, however, we will introduce you to four excellent examples of gardens across the UK that are notable for their wheelchair and scooter accessibility. Continue reading
With a rich industrial heritage, a history of producing supremely talented musicians and artists, and a skyline filled with impressive and varied architecture, the city of Manchester is surely one of the proudest and most culturally diverse places in the UK, if not Europe.
Today, Manchester can also claim to be among the country’s most welcoming destinations for users of both road-legal and smaller folding mobility scooters, as well as anyone else living with limited mobility or another disability. Below, you will find detailed information about some of the city’s top accessible attractions, and why you should take the time to visit at least a couple during your next trip. Continue reading
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training is a mainly U.S.-based practice which is designed to help partially sighted and blind people independently navigate their homes, schools, workplaces and other public spaces. Continue reading
You’ve read up on all the buying advice and chosen your mobility scooter. You may already have taken delivery of a new vehicle. Now you will want to make sure you are up to date with any legal requirements and know the rules and regulations that will affect you. Is there a highway code for mobility scooter users, do you need tax, MOT, insurance or a driving licence?
This mobility scooter buying guide will help if you are thinking of buying a mobility scooter, this guide gives you a brief introduction to mobility scooters, including a summary of the different classes of scooters and their pros and cons. It looks at some of the rules and regulations for users, including legal requirements, an outline of operating controls, and of course, a guide to choosing the right mobility scooter for you. It offers a useful introduction to some of the factors you will need to consider while deciding which vehicle is right for you. With links to more detailed articles on the different sections.
Smartphones have truly taken over, and although though the younger generation has grasped them, some of us still haven’t. However, they can be a great tool for your lifestyle, for helping out with big and small tasks and a great way of staying in touch with family and friends too. Here is a list of the useful apps that you should know about.