Being disabled or caring for someone who is, can restrict what you can do, when you can do it and how you do it. We hope that this area of the website will help to minimise some of those restrictions and lead to an improved lifestyle. Our Employment section provides information on your employment rights, training and finding gainful employment. After all the best things in life may well be free but there’s still a helluva lot of things you have to pay for.
The Health section covers exercise and diet and has numerous links to other websites and organisations that specialise in specific health issues. As it is such a wide area to cover we have provided a dedicated Travel section on the website. This covers essential information and destinations for travelling both within the UK and abroad. Our Recreation section could well be the place to visit to discover a multitude of things to do, some of which you may actually enjoy!. The Society section is the area where the wider issues that can affect any of us are highlighted. We appreciate that some people regard Shopping as a recreational activity, but we have again provided a separate area of the website to cover this. By using some of the links in this area you can help support us at the DMFED with no effort on your part. PIP – Personal Independence Payment “PIP will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from Spring 2014 in Northern Ireland for eligible people of working age (16 to 64 years old) who make a new claim. (In Great Britain, new PIP claims were taken from 10 June 2013.)”
This is the Governments new benefit intended to “enable you to lead a full, active and independent life”!. Find out more Government Link It may also be useful to read Age UKs’ article on Paying for care & support at home External Site Icon , it includes some guides and factsheets that you can download Adapt your home – Disabled Facilities Grant We all like to live comfortably in our homes. If you are elderly and/or disabled then you may need to adapt your home to improve your quality of life and maintain your independence. Local councils can provide help in this area … “A Disabled facilities grant is available for a range of works needed to help a disabled person to remain living more independently in their home. You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to: •widen doors and install ramps •improve access to rooms and facilities – eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom •provide a heating system suitable for your needs •adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use” To check your eligibility and how to claim, see the Government’s information regarding the Disabled Facilities Grant Government Link.
The Age UKs’ Adapting Your Home (pdf Icon .pdf) document is well worth reading for general advice and contact information.
“Independent Living is the longest established website in their field, having been online continuously since 1999, providing information about living with a disability. Without any affiliations, they are free to carry a comprehensive range of information about products and services to help with all aspects of mobility, independence and daily living. From wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility scooters, through adapted bathrooms and kitchens, to accessible playground equipment and the latest telecare services – whatever aspect of life you want help with, Independent Living is the place to find the answer.”