Is deafness a disability?

Is Deafness a Disability? As a deaf person, you may not define being deaf as a “disability”. The word disability in itself has fairly negative connotations, but it shouldn’t. Having a disability is not a choice, of course, but it is an impairment that has an affect on your ability to perform normal daily activities. … Read more

Cold Weather Payment Guide

cold weather payment

What is the cold weather payment? The cold weather payment is different to the winter fuel payment, in that it is a “payout” of sorts that only happens during extreme cold. There has to be 7 consecutive days of temperatures forecast or recorded as below zero degrees Celsius. This has to take place between November … Read more

How Much is Winter Fuel Allowance / Payment?

winter fuel payment

What is the Winter Fuel Payment or Allowance? The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free payment made to you to help with heating costs in the winter. The effort involved in getting paid the Winter Fuel Payment is minimal and you should seriously consider following this advice and these guidelines in order to get it! … Read more

Why do old people feel cold?

Old people feel the cold

My elderly mum is always complaining of the cold; I was wondering why older people feel the cold? In temperatures that I feel really comfortable in, my mum is guaranteed to have multiple layers on and still be feeling a chill. Why is this? I did some research to help me better understand and to see … Read more

How to Get a Wheelchair Up a Flight of Stairs

How to get a wheelcahir up stairs

Getting a wheelchair up a flight of stairs is not an easy task. But unfortunately, sometimes it can’t be avoided and should be tackled calmly and carefully. If the person in the wheelchair is not at all able to walk up the stairs and there is no lift available, the only option to lift the … Read more

How to use a commode

commode in the bedroom

A commode is a really useful item in the home for some people who have difficulty with mobility. To use you need to follow these simple steps. Set the Height – the legs are adjustable which makes it easier for you to sit on the commode, no matter how tall or short you are. Measure … Read more

Helping elderly with stairs

Helping the elderly with stairs

Without the assistance of a chair lift, trying to help an elderly person get up and down the stairs can be an absolute nightmare! Speaking from experience, your heart is literally in your mouth watching them struggle, worrying they are going to topple forwards or backwards on the stairs. The worst part is that there … Read more

Activities For Wheelchair Bound Seniors

Seniors playing the wii console

Here is a roundup of some fantastic ideas I tried out to keep elderly parents busy and occupied. When seniors are wheelchair bound, even for a short while, some can have tendency want to stay at home and not really do much. (This certainly doesn’t account for all seniors, and for some people, being wheelchair … Read more

What is a mobility aid?

Walking stick mobility aid

A mobility aid is a broad term that is applied to anything that is designed to assist someone with walking, moving, getting up or down and to help with travelling. The term ‘mobility aid’ is also freely used to categorise any item or object that aids in the action of performing any daily activity or … Read more

How much does a hearing aid cost?

Can I get a free hearing aid on the NHS?

A hearing aid can be bought from as little £100 and some can cost as much as £3000! Talk about a varying price scale… A hearing aid is very much a ‘you get what you pay for’ kind of product. That is not to say that budget hearing aids are a waste of money, but … Read more