Monthly Archives: July 2017

Accessible Holidays for Elderly & Disabled

People with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel challenging. It is your responsibility to make sure that the carrier and holiday provider is given all the relevant details of your requirements at all stages of the journey. So think about what kind of facilities or support you will need.

Also, don’t forget to treat yourself with some new clothes when going on holiday this summer – it’s always nice to have a few new outfits to make you feel all the more special.  Our Adaptawear range includes discreetly adapted clothing for both men and women to help make independent and assisted dressing easier.

Below is a list of specialist travel companies for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirement.

Enable Holidays

Enable Holidays is a specialist operator in limited mobility holidays. It audits the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation in the UK and abroad for people with mobility impairments.  In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the senior holiday market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.

Limitless Travel

Limitless Travel provides tours and packages for people with disabilities, and its run by people with disabilities, which means they really understand your requirements as a traveller. You can ask their specialist advisors to plan and book your holiday, tailor made to meet your needs and personal tastes: be it a romantic break in Paris or a group getaway in Spain.  Luxury coach trips to Scotland and Devon are on offer too, with fully accessible, luxury coaches and carers on hand to assist you too.

Richmond Retreats

Richmond Retreats have award winning retirement holiday sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Carers are on site 24/7. Reviews are excellent and well worth a read. Available activities are numerous catering for various degrees of disability including Spa treatments. An excellent choice for the elderly who have specialist needs.

Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels are well known for their short break holidays mainly in mansion style accommodation.  They do not offer care assistance but they have a number of rooms for disabled persons. Warners are well known for their live nightly live entertainment, high standard of food on a half board basis and offering a range of spa and leisure facilities.

Shearings

Shearings offer a range of escorted coach tours and breaks, and have a special helpdesk for guests with mobility restrictions or other impairments. Read more or call 01942 496 507.

The Holiday Homes Trust

The Holiday Homes Trust, is a registered national charity, which provides very reasonably priced self-catering holiday accommodation for any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability or infirmity. The holiday is for a whole family or group in which one or more persons suffer from a disability. The accommodation is mainly in suitable caravans and a smaller number of chalets.

Advantage Healthcare Group

Advantage Healthcare provides a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to accompany you on holiday in the UK, to support you with your activities of daily living. See this article Advantage Care at Home.

Access Travel

Access Travel specialises in holidays for wheelchair bound and other disabled persons.

Disability Holidays Guide

Disability Holidays Guide serves as a guide to international holidays for those with disabilities.

Vision Hotels

Vision Hotels has hotels which cater principally for guests with vision impairment. However, the overall ethos of the hotels is advertised as one of caring and accessibility for all.

Disabled Holiday Information

Disabled Holiday Information is a charity which caters for the arrangement of holidays in hotels/bed and breakfast/self-catering nationwide for those with disabilities. It is largely run by those who themselves have disabilities.

Can Do Holidays

Can Do Holidays assists those with disabilities to find suitably adapted accommodation to meet their particular requirements.

Please visit our Adaptawear website if you would like to stock up on adapted clothing products before you leave to go away on holiday this summer. We have everything you need from summer ladies blouses, ladies dresses, men’s trousers to summer nightwear.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Summer Pastimes for the Elderly

Enjoying a summer day out or the warm summer temperatures doesn’t have to be a distant memory for elders and caregivers.  Finding an interesting activity that is suitable for a senior’s abilities is well worth switching up the routine and getting out of the house.

Ideas for Outdoor Activities

When selecting an activity to do with your loved one, focus on hobbies and interests that they used to enjoy and get creative with new options they might find fun and rewarding.

  1. Catch a sporting event. Attending a grandchild’s football game can be an action-packed way for your loved one to reconnect with one of their favourite pastimes.
  2. Fish for fun. You can cast a rod from a dock, pier, or other location, even if someone has mobility problems or uses a wheelchair. Check your council’s websites to see if they provide listings of accessible fishing locations. Many areas across the country have also started offering all-terrain wheelchairs for check out or rental that can help a loved one with mobility issues get closer to the water.
  3. Be a tourist. If you live in a city, take an open-air bus or trolley tour to see the local sights. Another option could be a boat tour, depending on what type of equipment elder needs to take with them. A Sunday drive around town can also allow a senior to check out happenings in the community that interest them.
  4. Picnic outdoors. Picnics are another flexible activity that you can plan at a park, in your own backyard, or on the surrounding grounds of a long-term care facility. At the park, seniors can watch children run around and enjoy the buzz of outdoor activity. Make sure to locate an area with comfortable seating and plenty of shade in advance, or remember to bring your own.
  5. Attend community events. From concerts to community festivals, there are plenty of local events during the summer that offer opportunities for elders to get out and be part of the crowd. Many communities offer outdoor musical performances, art shows, car shows, and more. Check the events section of the local newspaper to find happenings that fit your loved one’s interests and abilities.

Visit our website for adapted clothing products that will help keep you comfortable and cool when out and about this summer.  We have men’s and women’s clothing, including shirts, blouses, trousers and skirts.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly

With the summer months upon us, it’s critical for everyone, and especially vulnerable people like the elderly, to stay hydrated and keep cool. As we age, we should be more aware of the potential health risks that are uniquely associated with both our age and the changing seasons.

10 Summer Health Tips For Elderly

  1. Drink plenty of liquids. Drink eight or more 8-ounce glasses per day of water and/or fruit juices every day to stay hydrated.
  2. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Alcohol, caffeine, coffee and even tea can leave you dehydrated quickly. If at all possible, try to reduce the amount of these beverages, especially during hot weather. Plain or flavoured water is a good substitute.
  3. Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton. Dress in light colours that will reflect the sun and heat instead of darker colours that will attract them.
  4. Sunblock. When outdoors, protect your skin from damage by wearing hats, sunglasses and a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  5. Stay indoors during extreme heat. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
  6. Air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does. A cinema, shopping centre or a friend or relative’s home or a community senior centre are all good options.
  7. Avoid extreme outdoor heat. If you need to get out of the house and don’t drive, call a taxi or a friend. Do NOT wait outside for the bus in extreme heat.
  8. Take a cool shower or bath. If you are absolutely unable to leave the house and do not have air conditioning, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature on extremely hot days.

At Adaptawear we have a wide range of adapted clothing summer wear available including a few below:

Petal Back Ladies Polo Shirt Short Sleeve

Stylish open back ladies short sleeve polo shirt. Polyester jersey knit fabric in choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Petal Back Men’s Polo Short Sleeve Shirt

Smart casual short sleeve men’s open back polo shirt – full overlap at back and deep armholes for easy dressing. Choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Elasticated Waist Straight Skirt

Simply pull down over the head to dress from a seated position or step into it and pull up. Either way, dressing will be quicker and easier. Price £10.00 inc VAT

Slenderella Front Button Pure Cotton Round Neck Nightie

Pretty round neck front button pure cotton nightie with lace trim.  42” length in short sleeve.  Sizes Small – XX Large in pink or blue. Price: £24.00 inc VAT

Men’s Elasticated Waist Poly-cotton Pull-On Trousers

Smart, casual lightweight all elastic pull on poly-cotton trousers in stone. Price £34.99 inc VAT

 

Please visit our Adaptawear website for our full range of adapted clothing suitable for the hot weather.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

This Summer Try Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis is a technical and tactical sport, very similar to its Olympic counterpart. It is also very popular as wheelchair tennis is now played by athletes in more than 100 countries.

Rules:

  • Wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games follows International Tennis Federation Rules of tennis, with a few important differences.
  • The most significant difference is the ‘two-bounce rule’, which means a player can allow the ball to bounce twice and must return it before a third bounce. The second bounce can be inside or outside the court boundaries.
  • At the serve, the server must be in a stationary position before serving the ball, but is allowed one push of the wheelchair before striking the ball.
  • Matches are the best of three sets, with a tie-break settling each set as required.

Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at the free ‘Come and Try’ session at the tennis foundation.  To reserve places contact Matt Elkington at matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

At Adaptawear we have some adapted clothing suitable for wheelchair tennis and sport see below:

Petal Back Men’s Polo Sleeve Shirt

Smart casual short sleeve men’s open back polo shirt – full overlap at back and deep armholes for easy dressing. Choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Tracksuit Pants with side zips

NEW soft unisex tracksuit pants with side zips all the way down both legs. Navy in sizes Small – XX Large. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Ladies Back Opening Tracksuit Top

Comfortable and warm back opening tracksuit top with discreet poppers. Blue or Pink. Matching tracksuit bottoms available. Price: £14.50 ex VAT

Ladies Side Opening Tracksuit Bottoms

Comfortable and warm side opening elasticated waist tracksuit bottoms. Blue or Pink. Matching tracksuit tops available. Price: £14.50 ex VAT

Please see our Adaptawear website for our full range of clothing that we have available.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com