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Young 'spokes-people' earn global success with designer wheels for disabled people

Michaela Chirgwin (11-May-18)

Sisters Izzy and Ailbhe Keane have taken social media by storm with their bold, maximalist designs for wheelchair users. Their Instagram account has nearly 43,000 followers which includes celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Mark Ruffalo.....

Mum pleads for Huntington's cure for three children with life-changing brain disease

Angeline Albert (10-May-18)

A mother’s ‘handsome young man always with a girl on his arm’ began ‘drinking heavily’ after his Huntington’s diagnosis at 18, her daughter Lizzie can no longer swallow, walk or talk because of it, and her youngest Jonathan wants.....

UK gets its first LGBT+ home care agency

Michaela Chirgwin (03-May-18)

The owner of a newly launched domiciliary home care company, which is the first in the UK to deliver targeted home care services for the LGBT community, has spoken out about how traditional models of care in Britain are ‘letting down’.....

'Thanks Dad': Daughter pays tribute to late father who inspired her to become a carer aged 56

Melissa McAlees (03-May-18)

Having worked in the NHS for many years, Shirley Andrew made a difficult decision to take a career break and become a full-time carer for her father who had Parkinson's disease. During those five years, she.....

Blind artist uses art to make sense of his vivid hallucinations

Sue Learner (20-Apr-18)

Arthur Ellis, who lost his sight 12 years ago after falling seriously ill with bacterial meningitis, has revealed he uses Blu tack, elastic bands and stencils to help him paint and draw the hallucinations he suffers from. In.....

#UniteForParkinsons as condition remains 'massively underestimated'

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-18)

One in 10 people with Parkinson's disease have been laughed at because of the condition, and more than a quarter have had symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, a leading charity has found. A lack of public awareness.....

How to prepare for a CQC inspection

Michaela Chirgwin (04-Apr-18)

It can be daunting for care providers to think that a Care Quality Commission inspector could be on their doorstop at very short notice - usually in as little as 48 hours. However, the good news is, that.....

Chris Packham: People like me with 'invisible disabilities' can have a less anxious day out

Angeline Albert (28-Mar-18)

Wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham knows only too well the moments of anxiety that a day out somewhere new can bring to someone with an "invisible" disability like autism. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome,.....

Home care boss gave up social work to 'give people the help they deserve'

Michaela Chirwin (28-Mar-18)

Fed up of being 'hamstrung by budget cuts', Samuel Holmes turned his back on social work and now runs his own home care business. By running a company that specialises in supporting older people, he now feels more able to provide.....

Woman with early onset dementia: 'I want to prove I can run London Marathon'

Michaela Chirgwin (20-Mar-18)

A 62-year-old woman with early-onset dementia is on a mission to challenge people’s perception of the condition by running the London Marathon in April 2018. Sue Strachan, who is known by friends and family.....

Student cooks for elderly neighbour giving her a 'reason to keep going'

Melissa McAlees (19-Mar-18)

When a stroke robbed Zena Ware of the use of the left side of her body, she became isolated and lonely and found it increasingly difficult to cook for herself. But last April, when 23-year-old student Amelia.....

How to challenge a CQC inspection report

Michaela Chirgwin (14-Mar-18)

A Care Quality Commission rating can make or break a care home, so it is vital care homes feel they are able to protect their reputations and can challenge inspection report findings if there is justification. It.....

Stephen Hawking: Man of brilliance and possibility

Angeline Albert (14-Mar-18)

Tributes are being paid to internationally celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking who died at his home at the age of 76, but doctors initially gave him only three years to live when he was 21. Diagnosed with.....

'I don't feel nervous' says deafblind man embarking on 52-mile trek

Angeline Albert (12-Mar-18)

A deaf and blind climber has challenged himself to trek night and day along the Ridgeway – a national trail in the south of England - as part of a 52 mile journey to raise money for a disability charity. Forty-four-old.....

Death doula reveals what the dying fear most

Michaela Chirgwin (27-Feb-18)

Death is the ultimate unknown and as an end of life doula, Aly Dickinson's hardest job is helping people with a terminal illness face the unknown and come to terms with the fragility of life. She has found one of the biggest fears.....

Unhappy Valentine's Day for 'Home Alone' Club missing partners in care homes

Angeline Albert (01-Feb-18)

Love is in the air, on the tv and social media – it’ll be all around us again on Valentine’s Day but for partners living at home alone it’s just a ‘pain in the heart’. While the flipside of love is heartbreak.....

Fireman Sam writer becomes world's oldest first-time bodybuilder

Melissa McAlees (31-Jan-18)

A 63-year-old grandmother, best known for her award-winning work on children’s TV series Fireman Sam, has become the world’s oldest first-time bodybuilder. Nia Ceidiog, who wrote the original series of Fireman.....

Bus service cuts result in 'six-hour' trips for routine hospital appointments

Michaela Chirgwin (18-Jan-18)

A high number of older and disabled people are experiencing stress and pain on overcrowded buses to get to routine hospital appointments, due to the number of routes and services being cut in local communities......

79-year-old reveals why he became a care worker in his seventies

Sue Learner (12-Jan-18)

Michael Rose became a home care worker at the age of 71, because he wanted to do "something worthwhile" and "different". Michael spent his working life in the Merchant and Royal Navy and then as an airline.....

Adapting homes of elderly relieves pressure on social care

Angeline Albert (07-Dec-17)

Simple improvements to people’s homes can play a larger role in relieving pressure on social care and cut costs by millions of pounds a year. More than 90 per cent of older people in England live in.....

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