Independent Living- Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter


Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter.

10.03.21 Contents:

• Shared property ownership

• Adult social care and COVID

 Football stadia – how accessible?

 Early warning for epilepsy

• Grab-a-rail

• Latest – Subscriber Shorts

Older persons shared ownership scheme

1. Shared property ownership

Returning to a topic I’ve written about before – the Older People’s Shared Ownership scheme, or OPSO.

This enables people over a certain age to buy part of a property, between 25% and 75%, and pay rent on the remainder. Shared ownership is promoted as a more affordable way to become a homeowner, but there are significant downsides – and it seems particularly disadvantageous to the older people who are targeted by these schemes.

Read more here

adult social care and covid

2. Adult social care and COVID

Back in 2018, a parliamentary inquiry recommended developing a long-term funding solution for adult social care, covering housing as well as health and social care services. It suggested additional funding be raised through Council Tax reform, a new ring-fenced social care premium for the over-40s or increases to inheritance tax above a certain threshold.

In common with previous recommendations, all the way back to Dilnot in 2011,  it was ignored – and now the pandemic has made a bad situation even worse. I don’t know whether another inquiry is good news or bad news – but we’re getting one anyway. And they’d like your views…

Read more here

Ross Hovey, Liverpool fan and wheelchair user

3. Football stadia – how accessible?

Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before football fans can get back to supporting their teams live in the grounds, rather than at home on the sofa.

But how easy is that for fans with disabilities? Liverpool supporter and wheelchair user Ross Hovey (pictured here with Jurgen Klopp) told Aveso, the Changing Places sponsors, what he thinks about accessibility at home and away.

Find out more here

early warning for seizures

4. Early warning for epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, affecting more than 65 million people worldwide. A seizure could happen at any time or any place, potentially posing a fatal risk if it strikes during activities such as driving or swimming.

A team at the University of Southern California has developed a powerful new seizure-predicting mathematical model that will give epilepsy patients an accurate warning five minutes to one hour before they are likely to experience a seizure, offering enhanced freedom for the patient and potentially reducing the need for medical intervention.

More details here

New  kitchen grab a rail

5. Grab-a-Rail

I have just come across one of those clever new ideas that seem so blindingly obvious you wonder why nobody thought of it before.

Steve Michael runs a home adaptations business in the West Midlands, and realised that he had no quick fixes for kitchen safety as he did for bathrooms – so he came up with his own solution: a grab rail that attaches underneath the worktop.

Read more here

Short updates on subscribers

6. Latest – Subscriber shorts

Snippets of news from some of the lovely subscribers whose support enables Independent Living to keep going!

Moore UK has just added XS (paediatric) and XL (for severe lymphoedema) to their range of EzyAs compression garment applicators - buy online or available on prescription in the UK.

Waterless, who have been super busy through the pandemic keeping us and the NHS supplied with effective alcohol-free sanitiser, have expanded with a new production facility in Swansea.

Don’t forget that you can apply to join the Independent Living Facebook group, if you would like to spend more time discussing these themes with other interested people.

There are various ways you can get in touch with us: email me; visit our Facebook page and leave a message there; or if it’s short and sweet, Tweet!

Previous newsletters are archived here.

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That’s it until next week!

Thank you for reading and best wishes,


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