Carers

Airline Forced To Apologise After Charging Woman For Carer’s Seat Reservation

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   An airline has been forced to apologise to a disabled woman after it charged her extra to reserve a seat next to her for her carer, and then refused to refund the charge. Helen Jenkins had informed Flybe when she was booking her return flights […]

‘Angel’ Investor Seeks Entrepreneurs To Transform Life For Disabled People

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      By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled entrepreneurs with technology-based business ideas that could transform life for other disabled people have a chance to secure up to £100,000 of funding through an “angel” investment programme. Entrepreneur and investor Rohan Silva, a former senior policy adviser to Conservative prime minister David Cameron, […]

When Children Don’t Get Well

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From Utting-Wolff Spouts.   When children don’t get well, when there is no adequate treatment, and they remain ill, we need to step in and fight for their right to be part of society. When children don’t get well, time passes by, sometimes like treacle, sometimes quickly,  with the realisation that another school year has whipped […]

Hidden Disabilities – Heathrow’s Sunflower Lanyard

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    From Heathrow.com.   At Heathrow we understand all passengers are unique and we offer different levels of support tailored to your needs. For a hidden disability such as autism, dementia or anxiety, help is always at hand at the airport. If you would like to book assistance just let your airline know 48 […]

Manchester Airport Disability Service Left Woman ‘Humiliated’

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    From BBC News.   A woman with chronic fatigue syndrome has accused Manchester Airport of treating her like “cargo” and “cattle” following a long-haul flight. Jessica Stafford, 29, booked a special assistance service as she needed help to move through the airport. But she found the experience “distressing” and “humiliating” after being asked […]

How British Sign Language Developed Its Own Dialects

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    By Adam Schembri and Kearsy Cormier in The Conversation.    There are many different ways of speaking English in the UK, with people using different regional dialects in different parts of the country. For example, some people would say “give it me” while others might say “give it to me”. There is also variation in the names […]

Foldalite Travel Powerchair Review

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    But Natasha Lipman.   I can’t believe that it has almost been a year since I finally bought my first ever powerchair, the Rascal P321 (also called my ‘Mario Kart’ or ‘The Dizzy Rascal’ by my friends – cos I have PoTS and am always dizzy, gettit?) It truly was a long time coming, and […]

The Effects Of Graded Exercise Therapy And Positive Thinking On A Young Girl With ME

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      By Adriane Tillman in #MEAction.   Exercise protocols prescribed for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) were powerful enough for Cherry to ignore the physiological realities of her disease. Cherry is now 100 percent bedridden. When 16-year-old Cherry from North London began the treatment prescribed for her myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in 2013, she was able to walk […]

Opinion: ‘Nobody Should Have To Live Like This – I Need More Care To Meet My Basic Needs’

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  By Corina Duyn in the journal.ie.   I have been ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) for 20 years. But it is only in the last year, and especially in the past six months that my most basic needs are not being met – at a time when my illness has become more severe and […]

My Wife Isn’t Tired

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  By Paul James.   I’m not writing this for me, I’m not writing this for Amy my wife either, today I was made aware of a lady who suffers not only from ME but also from her family’s disbelief and ignorance – so this is for her.   I need however, to start with […]

Do You Have Family Or Friends You Haven’t Heard From In A While ?

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    At this time of year we hear the cry go up for keeping in touch with family and friends.  Maybe to also call on someone elderly nearby. Whilst I totally agree with these sentiments, maybe we should be doing this throughout the year.  It’s too easy to forget those who were in our […]

Christmas Can Be Isolating For Young Carers – They Need Time To Be Children

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    By Jo Aldridge in The Conversation.   Most children look forward to the Christmas holidays as a time for fun and families. But for some young carers – children who provide care for someone in their family who is ill or disabled – the Christmas holidays are a mixed blessing. Dani* is one […]

Thinking Of Others……

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      It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore. “Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh. “Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum […]

The Isolation I Feel as I Parent Kids With Disabilities

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    By Laura McLean in The Mighty. Raising children with disabilities can be challenging and rewarding, often within the same day — or even hour. Our emotions as parents are complicated. We can simultaneously feel like giving up and also be ready to go to the ends of the earth for our children. We […]

Care Charges Are Driving Disabled People Into Debt, Says Report

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Charging disabled people for their care and support is driving many of them into debt and forcing them to cut their spending on food or heating, according to new research by a network of disabled people’s organisations and their allies. The study by the Independent Living Strategy Group […]

Dear Bug… When The Nights Are Long…

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    By Jessica Taylor-Bearman. My escapades with the change of drugs reached fever pitch three weeks ago, when I rang up the doctors with a blood pressure of 80/50….The dearest junior doctor had told me or more like made me promise that if my blood pressure went under 90/60, that I’d ring for an […]

New Way Of Monitoring Medicines Could Vastly Improve Lives Of People In Care Homes

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By Sue Jones and Mel Storey in The Conversation.   More than 50% of care home residents are being prescribed medicines that they do not need, or which do not properly address their health problems. Antipsychotics, for example, are often overused to treat the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. But this problem is not easy to remedy. The […]

The Care Home Fee Trap

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  By Paul Lewis in SAGA Magazine.   The fear of having to sell a home to pay for care is being exploited by commercial firms offering risky schemes to shelter homes from means-testing. Don’t fall for them. There are other, perfectly legitimate ways to preserve the value of a family home. When someone moves […]

York Carers Centre News

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    Carers Rights Day Friday 30 November 2018 is Carers Rights Day; a national campaign to help carers know their rights and what help is available in their local community. This year we are pleased to be able to give carers the chance to meet and talk about their rights with York’s two MPs; […]

Ibiza: What It’s Like Raving In A Wheelchair On The Party Island

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  By Alex Taylor in BBC News. A year ago, I was told I would have to pay double to get into a nightclub in Ibiza. Why? I have cerebral palsy, a condition which affects mobility, and rely on a carer to help me on nights out – who also needed to pay the entry […]

Australia Needs Lasting Consensus On NDIS Funding

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  From Probono Australia.   People with disability, their families, carers and advocates deserve the certainty of a National Disability Insurance Scheme which is sustainable, writes Bruce Bonyhady. Australia urgently needs a lasting consensus on the funding of the NDIS which builds trust in the disability sector, confidence in the Australian community and sustainability of […]

York Carers Centre News

York Carers Centre

May Bank holiday We will not be open on Monday 7 or Monday 28 May. We will not be checking our answer machine or emails on these days. If you need urgent help when we are closed please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01609 780780.   Job opportunity We are recruiting for a Sessional Carer […]

Chronic Illness Is A Rollercoaster Ride You Can Never Get Off

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  By Sarah Wells in My Stripey Life.   I must admit this morning I’m having a bit of a meltdown. Schools again are causing me stress.  Different schools, different reasons, different children. I’m in the midst of hunting for a secondary school for my son and I am trying desperately hard to make to […]

Blue Badge Scheme

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  From Which ? Elderly Care.   If a person has a disability that affects their ability to walk, they may be entitled to a Blue Badge disabled-parking permit. In this guide, you’ll find information on: 1. What is the Blue Badge scheme? 2. Eligibility 3. How to apply 4. Blue Badge renewal 5. Using your Blue Badge What is […]

Mother Releases Pictures Of Dying Daughter Merryn Crofts To Prove That ME Is Real

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  By Richard Hartley-Parkinson in The Metro.   A mother has spoken out about seeing her daughter waste away from a condition that some medical professionals say does not exist. Merryn Crofts died 10 days after her 21st birthday weighing less than six stone.   Her mother Clare said that Merryn from Norden, Rochdale, had spent […]

Daughter Died Aged 21 After Illness Some Experts Don’t Believe Is Real Left Her Bed-Bound And Wasting Away

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  By Damon Wilkinson in The Mirror.   A young woman spent the last three years of her life bed-bound and in extreme pain as she wasted away from a disease some experts refuse to believe exists. Merryn Crofts weighed less than 6st when she died on May 23 last year, 10 days after she […]

Your Legal Rights To Accessible Transport

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  Equality Act 2010   The Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA). It protects disabled people in all areas, including transport. Under the Act, transport providers have the duty to provide an accessible service and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to offer the same standard of service to […]

55 Reasons Why NICE Must Recommend A Home Visiting, Biomedical Service, For People With Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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  By Stonebird. People with Severe and Very Severe ME are not safe within the current health system; this is not an exhaustive list by any means : 1. It is virtually impossible for the most severely affected to travel to a clinic or a hospital. 2. It is extremely difficult to find a knowledgeable […]

Wheelchair Users In UK To Be Given Enhanced Rights For Bus Travel

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  By Owen Bowcott in The Guardian.   Wheelchair users are to be given enhanced rights for bus travel, the government has announced, after a landmark supreme court judgment. The transport minister, Nusrat Ghani, has promised to improve access to spaces on vehicles that are intended to be reserved for disabled passengers. The decision follows the legal victory last […]

Cooking With A Physical Disability

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  By Emily Han in @Kitchen.   For those with a permanent or temporary physical disability involving mobility impairment, cooking can present challenges as well as opportunities for creative problem solving. Not all disabilities or people are the same, but some of the common issues include limitations in standing, reaching, or using one side of […]

Why The Annual Winter Health Crisis Could Be Solved In Homes, Not Hospitals

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  By Richard Morris in The Conversation.   As winter continues, so does the usual soul searching about the state of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Images of ambulances backing up outside emergency departments and patients lying on trolleys in corridors haunt politicians and the public alike. Demand on the NHS, which is always […]

Care And Support For Older People

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If you’re looking for advice about how you can get care and support for yourself or someone else, our guides can provide the answers. If you need more help or your situation is urgent, call our Freephone Helpline on 0800 319 6789 to arrange to speak to an adviser. As you get older, your care and support […]

Government To Review 1.6M Disability Benefit Claims After High Court Ruling On ‘Blatantly Discriminatory’ System

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  By Chris Baynes in The Independent.   The Government is to review 1.6 million disability benefit claims after the High Court ruled the system was “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health problems. Every personal independence payment (PIP) claimant is to be reassessed, with about 220,000 people in line to receive higher allowances, after ministers decided […]

Flu Jab: All You Need To Know About The Vaccination And The Illness

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From iNews. Headlines about this season’s flu outbreak make for alarming reading. Considered to be the worst flu season since 2011, as many as 120 people have died in the UK. There is also concern about Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain – taking grip of the UK as it has in Australia. It is one […]

Mapping Our Community

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  From York CVS.   In 2017 York’s Health and Wellbeing Board launched an ambitious Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, running till 2022. This effects all of us, living and working here. It has four key elements: mental health and wellbeing, starting and growing well, living and working well, ageing well. In 2018 we’ll be working […]

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