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


Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter.

14.07.21 Contents:

• Boots World of Hearing

• Admin matters!

 Annual Baywatch survey

 Post stroke adaptations

• Changing Places at Euston

• Abacus baths for Dutch apartments

Boots world of hearing

1. Boots World of Hearing

Boots Hearingcare has opened its new flagship World of Hearing store in Welwyn Garden City.

A UK first, the clinic has been built to change the way people think about hearing care and to help break down customer barriers within the sector.

State-of-the-art equipment includes a new immersion and experience room and self-screening suites, which enable the customer to experience the benefit of wearing hearing aids in many different, and typically challenging, environments.

Read more here

NHS admin matters

2. Admin matters!

Admin, paperwork, back office procedures – whatever you call it, it sounds rather dull, and is little studied. But as research from National VoicesKing’s Fund and Healthwatch England shows, NHS admin plays a central role in determining the quality of any individual’s encounter with health and care services.

If we really are to “build back better“, recognising the importance of admin and improving the way that internal systems support both patients and frontline staff is going to be key.

Read more here

Annual Baywatch survey coming up

3. Annual Baywatch survey

A record number of people took part in the DMUK Baywatch survey last year, which included feedback on various aspects of disabled parking, not just supermarkets.

The 2021 survey is taking place next month, and contributing your experience of parking is an effective way to maintain pressure on the industry to improve provision and policing of blue badge parking bays.

Find out more here

Post stroke adaptations –  OT webinar

4. Post stroke adaptations

With almost one million people in the UK currently living with the effects of stroke, it’s likely that an OT’s case load will feature someone who needs specialist help.

Closomat and The OT Service are providing CPD learning for healthcare workers via Zoom, focusing on ‘post-stroke adaptations’, on Thursday 15th July at 11am (and repeated at 6pm).

You can read more and register to attend here

new changing places at Euston

5. Changing Places at Euston

It seems a while since I’ve brought you news of a Changing Places installation. But they are still happening! Gradually spreading around the country to meet the needs of more than 250,000 seriously disabled individuals and their families and friends.

The new facility shown here – one of over 1600 registered – is making London’s Euston station more accessible for travellers.

Read more here

Abacus baths for accessible dutch holiday apartments

6. Latest – Abacus baths for Dutch apartments

COVID and Brexit couldn’t hinder the successful installation of two Gemini 2000 specialist care baths at new, fully wheelchair accessible holiday apartments in The Netherlands.

Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions worked with Dutch partner, Homecare Innovation B.V. on the project at the state-of-the-art, energy neutral De Egmonden complex in Egmond aan Zee.

Read more here

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.

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That’s it until next week!

Thank you for reading and best wishes,


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