"Although my elderly mother is frail, she is an active and sensible lady and is quite prepared to listen when someone tells her about a product that might be of help to her. She wears trousers a lot of the time and she is sure that she recently read that you could buy trousers that had some kind of hip protection in them to minimize possible injury if she fell. However, she cannot find the article that she read, can you help?"
Answer : There may be similar products on the market but I have come across a pair of trousers called Hipsaver Activs Smart Long Pants that might have been what you Mother read about.
The information, from the company Win Health Ltd, gives the following description of the trousers: they "provide an effective protection from fall and impact related injuries."
Each year there are approximately 75,000 hip fractures in the UK and this number is set to rise as the population ages.
The company offer several items of clothing designed to help with possible health problems and you can contact them for a catalogue by telephoning 01835 864866 or go to their website www.winhealth.co.uk for further details.
Answer : There are companies who can provide the kind of support you are looking for and I can give you details of two. However, there are certainly more if these are not appropriate.
A company called Diana's Supported Holidays organises breaks for people with a learning disability. There are holidays in the UK and holidays abroad. There website advises that the package holiday includes "24 Hour Support".
Their website is www.dianassupportedholidays.com and further details can be found there.
A UK based company is Trevanion House Holidays based in Wadebridge in Cornwall. They provide "an exciting holiday experience, offering choice and promoting independence." The brochure says "all of our staff are well qualified and fully understand the needs of adults with learning disabilities."
Guests are taken all over Cornwall and for active guests swimming, bowling, walking and cycling can be arranged. There are also theme weeks, e.g. Ghastly Ghosts and Spooky Stories, Autumn Sunshine and Tinsel and Turkey.
For a brochure call 01208 814903 www.trevanion.co.uk
Answer : Not all drivers have to pay the London Congestion Charge and there are a range of exemptions and discounts. If you are a Blue Badge Holder and you wish to travel to London, within the zone, you need to do the following to avoid charges;
You need to register and you can down load the application form from www.ccLondon.com or telephone 0845 900 1234 and they will post an application form to you.
Once you have the form you can fill in the details for either one or two vehicles. You will need to send a photocopy of your Blue Badge document, both sides.
Return this with a "one off" £10.00 registration fee and your exemption should be granted.
After this, you will need to renew annually, but you do not have to pay any additional cost.
Answer : There are several organisations which can offer advice and information to disabled people who wish to play golf. The organisation the Handigolf Foundation telephone 01908 6551020 is for golfers who have to remain seated to play all golf shots. The One Armed Golf Society, telephone 01360 622476 is a further source of help. The English Blind Golf Association can be reached on 0118 940 1959 and BALASA (Amputees) golf co-ordinator can be contacted on 0208 841 2895. A telephone call to the one you think is most appropriate should provide you with advice and information to encourage you.
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