Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter.
• Post-stroke support delay
• Activity Alliance survey
• Fall prevention webinar
• Kidz to Adultz West
• Disabled Workers’ Cooperative
• Community equipment returns
1. Post-stroke support delay
How hard should it be to access the care that you need?
A particularly shocking case has been adjudicated on by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, where the woman concerned was left for 12 months without her care package following a stroke, in part because her disability left her unable to fill in and sign forms…
The national charity, Activity Alliance, has released its latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. It shows slow progress in engaging more disabled people after the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a growing disparity between the experiences of disabled and non-disabled people, with the former considerably more likely to feel that they can’t be as active as they want to be, due to a range of different obstacles.
Have you been left with assistive equipment that you don’t know how or where to return? Mobility and daily living aids are frequently handed out to people on a temporary basis, after an accident or operation, for example.
They rarely come with instructions about how to give them back so that they can be used again.
Occupational Therapy MSc student Helen Coulson is conducting a survey to help improve the process and therefore the sustainability of OT practices. It closes at the end of this month – please take part if you can! More details here
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