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Focus on Disability

Talk and chitchat about anything related to disability

Even though I have the blue badge I still require a Torbay car parking permit in order for me to park free of charge in Torbay car parks. This year the council have doubled the price of an annual car park permit for the disabled. It's gone from £20 up to £40. To say I'm quite dismayed is an understatement. If I was to calculate how many times I use the car parks I probably wouldn't even spend £40 in the whole year on car park tickets. How much will parking permits increase by next year, double again?

I'm basically stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don't use Torbay council car parks on a regular basis, but when I do I'm quite often on my own and therefore the parking permit is extremely important. There is not any other alternative, I just have to pay the money and live with it. 

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After being in a wheelchair for 31 years I've learned a few do's and don'ts about how to sit in your wheelchair properly. If like me you use a wheelchair permanently then your body will get used to being in the same position every day so it's very important that your wheelchair is the right size and it set up properly to accommodate your posture and leg position.

The purpose of this specific blog post is to talk about how important it is to make sure that your feet are sitting properly on your foot plates. It makes me wince when I see people wheeling around with knees sticking high up in the air because they've set their footplates far too high. Alternatively, you see people with legs and feet dangling in midair because they've either got no foot plates, or the foot plates are set far too low.

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 have owned a Permobil Corpus 500 electric wheelchairs since 2011. My previous chair was the Permobil Chairman. It goes without saying that I absolutely love Permobil wheelchairs, they do everything I need from an electric wheelchair and more. However, it seems I may have found a serious flaw that could very easily result in a catastrophic disaster.

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For quite a few years now I have had a problem with moisture affecting the skin folds around the inside leg approaching the bottom of the buttocks. When the weather warms up the skin will often become irritated and sometimes it cracks and may bleed slightly. However, it's never given me too much of a problem and I've never had to stay in bed... until now.

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Nurse innovator hopeful of pressure ulcer monitoring technology potential

A leading tissue viability nurse hopes that plans to develop an electronic tool for recording pressure ulcers for wider use across the NHS could transform the quality of data and aid efforts to improve prevention and treatment.

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