What makes a Super OT?

What makes a Super OT?

Here at AKW we truly do support the community of Occupational Therapists, we even like to hand out T-shirts and all sorts of freebies to our Super OTs, because they are just that… Super! Here’s what we think makes a #SuperOT Exceptional People Skills We don’t mean just having empathy, we mean talking from experience …

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6 main challenges #6: Younger people with disability

6 main challenges #6: Younger people with disability

Currently 1 in 20 children in the UK are disabled and 99% live at home with, and are supported by, their families. Children under 16 are the fastest growing group of disabled people and currently, more disabled children are surviving infancy. Surveys from the English Housing Survey suggests that families with one or more disabled …

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6 main challenges #5: Sheltered housing

6 main challenges #5: Sheltered housing

Did you know that a high proportion of sheltered housing needs updating? That’s right… More than two thirds of all sheltered housing are in the rented sector and most of it hasn’t been touched in the last century. Over 40% of social housing tenants over the age of 85 live in sheltered accommodation and that …

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6 main challenges #4: Dementia

6 main challenges #4: Dementia

How do we tackle the challenge? Dementia is presenting a growing challenge for social landlords. The number of people in the UK with dementia is currently over 800,000 and 50% live on their own. Dementia affects 1 in every 14 of those aged over 65 and 1 in 6 of those over 80 years old, …

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6 main challenges #3: Movement of older & disabled people from other tenures

6 main challenges #3: Movement of older & disabled people from other tenures

Judging by new information, social landlords cannot ignore the needs of other tenures.  2011 research highlighted that the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector in England and Wales by around about 100,000 households. The private rented sector contains a large population of older residents and those that are also in poor health, of …

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Dementia Action Week – AKW Charity Day

Dementia Action Week – AKW Charity Day

We had a fantastic week last week celebrating Dementia Action Week. We were lucky enough to have Dementia UK representative Donna head to AKW headquarters on the 25th May to enlighten us on how we can get even more involved. We are so grateful for the work that they do across the UK, so we …

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Dementia Friendly Products

Dementia Friendly Products

We are half way through Dementia Action Week and since our previous post, we have enjoyed seeing all the different actions taken to improve the lives of those affected by dementia and working to create a dementia-friendly environment. We have focused on sharing our knowledge when creating dementia friendly bathrooms and there are two main …

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Dementia Action Week!

Dementia Action Week!

It’s that time of year when AKW welcome Dementia Action Week. A week dedicated to encouraging people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia and work to create a dementia-friendly environment whereby those with dementia don’t feel excluded. It’s very likely that within your lifetime you will experience meeting someone …

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6 main challenges #2: Poor health and disability

6 main challenges #2: Poor health and disability

Did you know that a high proportion of social housing tenants are disabled or in poor health? That information is unfortunately correct, disabled people are at least twice as likely as non-disabled people to make up numbers of social housing tenants. About 48.5% of all rented households in the social sector have at least one …

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Top 10 Products to Adapt Your Bathroom

Top 10 Products to Adapt Your Bathroom

An inclusively-designed bathroom or wet room, with appropriately specified equipment, has a host of benefits; from promoting independence and improving dexterity to assisting in the prevention of falls. Here at AKW we have come up with a go-to list of the top 10 products to adapt your bathroom 1. Level Access Showering Enclosure Walk in …

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