Archive for September, 2016

Animal Therapy Anyone?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by morethan

Nurture Dogs CIC is a Community Interest Company that aims to bring the pleasure and therapeutic value of the humananimal bond to as many people as possible.

Combine animal contact and activities with animals with the therapeutic philosophy of Occupational Therapy. Dogs is an organisation that majors on empowering people, providing choices and opportunities where perhaps these do not currently exist.

They state “Other services will be offered as we progress. In each area we can work with individuals or groups using our own assessment tools or with those who already have set goals” services include:

  • Dedham Community Farm (for therapy and work experience)
  • Dogs in the community such as specialist hospitals, care homes, learning difficulties homes and much more.

Our services range from full OT assessment and evaluation to individual/group animal assisted programmes.

A) Individual Occupational Therapy

This service is led by Dave De’ath who is a qualified occupational therapist. We have several Occupational Therapists working with us as well as students. This will involve an OT assessment and evaluation.

B) Individual animal assisted therapy

One to one sessions specifically tailored to meet your individual goals. (Can be combined with OT assessment on request)

C) Group animal assisted therapy

A programme designed for a group of clients who may have similar needs. Each individual may set their own goals within the group objectives or they may be set for them.

(Can be combined with OT assessment on request).

Please see the Nuture Dogs website for more information

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

Sheltered Housing and how to apply

Monday, September 12th, 2016 by morethan

Are you or a loved one struggling to live at home independently and are thinking about moving to sheltered accommodation but are unsure how to go about this?  Then take a look at the options below and how to apply.

Sheltered housing is purpose-built rented accommodation intended for people over 55. You enjoy the privacy of your own place, a secure environment and 24-hour support in emergency situations should you need it. Sheltered housing, also known as retirement housing, is accommodation specifically designed for older people (or younger disabled people) to allow them to live independently.

Sheltered housing usually consists of self-contained flats with communal facilities. In most cases, they are available to people aged over 60, although some schemes may be open to those over 55 years old.

Such accommodation can be bought or rented (see privately funded sheltered housing), either by individuals or couples. Residents can pay for sheltered housing privately (out of their own funds) or, if they meet certain eligibility criteria (see council and housing association sheltered housing), they can apply to be allocated sheltered housing by their local council or housing association.

  1. Schemes usually offer between 20 and 40 self-contained apartments/flats or bungalows on one site. All properties have their own front door, kitchen and bathroom, so that residents can continue to live independently and have the freedom to come and go as they please.
  2. The main advantage of sheltered housing is that residents have help at hand if they need it. Most offer additional support in the form of:
  3. A scheme manager (or warden) living on or off-site, who gives advice to residents, ensures that communal areas are clean, and arranges maintenance and repairs
  4. A 24-hour emergency alarm system within each property, so that residents can call for help if they have a fall, for example.
  5. Social activities or entertainment for residents, such as coffee mornings, crafts, bingo, bridge or quiz evenings
  6. Organised excursions to places of interest
  7. Guest rooms for family and friends so that residents can have visitors to stay over
  8. Communal laundry (washers and dryers).
  9. Some larger sites may also offer restaurants, shops, hairdressers or even a gym.
  10. It’s a good idea to check if there are any additional charges for these services, who they are available to (residents only, or visitors as well?) and what times they are available.
  11. The majority of sheltered housing schemes require residents to have a certain level of independence. Only a small number provide personal care (see Extra care housing, below) and none provide nursing care.

Extra care housing

Sheltered housing (also known as ‘retirement housing’) doesn’t usually offer help with personal care. However, there are some extra care housing schemes (also known as ‘very sheltered housing’, ‘enhanced sheltered housing’ or ‘assisted living’) that do provide this additional support for residents.

Extra care housing residents will have access to onsite personal care services, which can offer assistance with a range of tasks, such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation and also housework.

Nursing Care/Care Homes

Sheltered housing schemes do not offer any medical or nursing care. If your relative requires specific medical care, sheltered housing may not be the best option and you might want to consider a Nursing Home or Care Home. See Care Homes for more information about what these can offer.

If you are not sure what level of care you or your relative requires have a look at our recent More Than Mobility blog on Getting a Needs Assessment.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

The Paralympic Games Has Finally Begun!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 by morethan

How exciting the Paralympic Games has finally begun this week in Rio with a spectacular opening ceremony and now the Great Britain are hoping to surpass their London 2012 medal haul, when they won 120 medals.

From the first few day’s action and with Dame Sarah Storey winning her record breaking 12th gold medal on the cycle track last night; it is looking well on track (no pun intended!).  Here are at More Than Mobility we wish all the elite athletes from GB and across the world the best of luck.  You can only do your best and we know you will do your nations proud!

Click here to view the official Rio Paralympic Schedule.  If you want to watch the Paralympics on TV then Channel 4 are the official Paralympic TV broadcaster whilst BBC Radio 5 Live will also cover the events on the radio.   Do take a look at Channel 4 or BBC disability sport website for a day by day guide so you know when the medals will be won, and which events to monitor closely.

great to see that our own Prince Harry has made a donation to help Brazilian children watch the Rio Paralympics! The #FillTheSeats campaign is working with Paralympics organisers to buy 10,000 tickets for local children. A former soldier, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games – a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women – in 2014 and is a keen supporter of the Paralympic Games.

After the negative press leading up to the Rio Paralympic Games including the concerns around slow seat ticket sales; it was

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More Than Mobility

Keep Fit with Walking Football

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by morethan

Do you love football but would struggle now to play a game of regular football due to mobility or health issues?   Then it might be worth considering Walking Football!

Conceived in 2011 by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, Walking Football aims to inspire the over 50s to get out of their armchair and back into exercise.  Here at More Than Mobility we think this is a great way for some of our older customers who are still mobile to keep fit.

Walking football was brought it into the mainstream after Steve Rich – an ex-Sunday League player hung up his boots at 26 after a car accident to launch a website to help connect teams across Britain. There are now over 756 clubs throughout the UK offering walking football – click here to find our nearest club.

“It’s devastating to give up something you love,” admits Steve Rich “but after I was hit by a car any twisting, turning or impact was impossible. Then I heard about walking football and just kicked on from there.

The rules of walking football are much the same as, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no off-sides, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited.

Now, with backing from the Football Association and an online hub for clubs there’s a genuine buzz about the sport’s future. Last year’s National Tournament took in 18 teams from around the UK; this year it grew to 82. There’s even talk of a Walking Football World Cup – you never know we might even be able to win that!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team