One of the main reasons people visit Independent Living is to look for products and services to help with mobility and daily living.
They have just introduced a Product List as part of the main site navigation, which makes it even easier to find specific products, or those from a particular supplier.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Via Independent Living
We pet owners aren’t in any doubt about the therapeutic benefits of our feline or canine companions.
Science agrees with us, as increasing numbers of studies demonstrate the positive contribution made by even quite brief contact with a pet animal.
Lower blood pressure and breathing rates, less depression, reduced pain levels, improved cognition – these are just some of the proven benefits achieved with animal assisted therapy
Adult Social Care Green Paper
You may remember that the Local Government Association launched its own “green paper” on the future of adult social care in the summer, in exasperation at governmental reticence about delivering its own promised consultation.
The LGA received more than 540 responses from individuals and organisations, and says that the government must now make the case for national tax rises – including Income Tax and/or National Insurance – in order to secure the long-term future of adult social care services.
The Royal College of Physicians has produced a report ‘Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead’ – exploring the reasons that doctors and other healthcare professionals find it hard to talk to patients about dying.
Headway South Cumbria ran an informative conference at the Castle Green Hotel
The Ripple Effect of Brain Injury, Count the Ripples, Count the Cost
Attended by over 170 people, it gave an opportunity to listen to leading professionals working with people with brain injuries and their families. It proved useful for members from all walks of professional life and for people living with brain injuries, their families and carers.
Read more and see the presentations at
Check out our correspondence with the Lake District National Park about the need for Changing Places Toilets to enable everyone to enjoy our World Heritage Site
I’m delighted to have teamed up with Carol Klein Occupational Therapist, Carlisle, the Cumbria Cerebral palsy society support worker Jane Brown, Kirsty Smith Physio, and Maureen Arca a parent.
Maureen came to address our Neurological Alliance meeting at the Hospice in Carlisle and shared details of their priorities in the City.
These included The Sands, The Lanes Shopping Centre and a County Council building which now has a changing places room but is not open at weekends.
We shall continue to pursue better provision in the area.
We were pleased to hear from Marie Rogers Case Manager – Alfred Barrow Integrated Care Community
Tel: 01229 406775 / Mob: 07919 305159
We will be arranging a meeting to discuss Cafe Neuro in Barrow
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