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Rights in Reality - commentary on legal matters

Tuesday, 08 December 2015
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The Rights in Reality blog (opens in a new window)  contains commentary on English legal matters.
 
Free resource - Living well through activity in care homes: the toolkit (opens in a new window) . Visit the link to get free downloadable guides and information.
 
Disabled people's income can be low or vary wildly depending on health. This can make buying a home, and the accessibility that brings, difficult. For many disabled people, living in accessible accommodation is important and key to quality of life. It's sometimes hard to achieve this if you rent, whereas if you own your own home, you can ensure the environment is as you need it. But house-buying is a huge financial step and can come with complications. READ FULL STORY on the BBC Website (opens in a new window)
 

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005

Thursday, 12 November 2015
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The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over. What is the Mental Capacity Act? - Care and support - NHS Choices (opens in a new window) Link to the actual Mental Capacity Act  (opens in a new window) Link to the Easy Read version of the Mental Capacity Act (opens in a new window)
 

Death by indifference - a report by Mencap

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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Death by indifference - a report by Mencap about institutional discrimination within the NHS, and people with a learning disability getting poor healthcare.  Download the report Death by Indifference here (opens in a new window) Download the Easy Read version of Death by Indifference here (opens in a new window)
 

Health and Social Care Act 2015

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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Various links and downloads regarding the Care Act (all links open in a new window):                     Making sure the Care Act works Easy Read pdf file from the Gov.uk website A quick guide to the Care Act link to the Guardian website Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 PDF file download from the Gov.uk website
 
Care Act information for organisations and providers - visit http://www.local.gov.uk/care-support-reform (link opens in a new window)
 

Personalised Care and support planning tool

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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Personalised care and support planning tool from Think Local Act Personal (opens in a new window)  
 

My fall-free risk assessment checklist

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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This checklist is a useful resource to help you avoid falling. Download my fall-free risk assessment checklist
 
Srin Madipalli, co-founder of new travel accommodation website Accomable, explains how he plans to make exploring the world hassle-free for all, irrespective of physical ability......…
 

DWP: Personal Independence Payment Assessment Guide

Thursday, 08 October 2015
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A DWP guidance document for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment - download from the gov.uk website (link opens in a new window)
 
Using restraint on people with sensory issues in assessment and treatment units can have long-term detrimental effects on them, and it should be stopped, says Sam Sly Recently in my work ‘life planning’ with people with learning disabilities in assessment and treatment units (ATUs) and those who have been discharged I've come across a number of situations where restraint is used to keep people in a ‘Catch 22’ situation and preventing discharge or its use while they were in an ATU has left a long-term impact on their ability to function back in their communities. I have major concerns about this.  The people I am referring to have sensory needs, which are met through deep muscle stimulation, firm touch or…