Wheelchair users and Blue badges

 

Wheelchair users and Blue badges. They go together but there is an increasing amount of fraud and theft involved now. Blue Badge Schemes are unfortunately being abused and used fraudulently.

Blue badges can be a real help. But they are now becoming so valuable that the theft of them is increasing rapidly.

So if you are a Blue Badge user be careful, you do not want it stolen or copied. You should also be very aware that not all disabilities are visible. Do not think because the person in the next car has not got a walking stick that they aren’t disabled. As well as physical disabilities many people who suffer from Autism or learning problems can apply for a Blue Badge.

For all of us though the Blue Badge scheme is a help that should not be abused. The badge is issued to a person with particular needs, not to a car.  This means that it should only be displayed when the person concerned is using it. It isn’t to allow your friend or partner to just pop down to the shops and park more easily using your Blue Badge.

The rise in theft of blue badges is increasing around the whole of the UK. This means that people are able to park where they like without any good reason. If you are unfortunate enough to have yours stolen you need to report it to the Police. You will need a crime number before you can request a replacement. It is always a good idea to take a photocopy of your Blue Badge each time it is renewed.

We all, who use the  Blue Badge Schemes will have a reason for doing so. Certainly, wheelchair users and Blue Badges go together but it is not the only reason to have one.

This Self Propel wheelchair can easily be folded to go into your car. Then once you are parked using the Blue Badge Schemes it is easy to assemble.

Make sure you protect your Blue badge, it is a privilege that should not be abused.

 

 

Sleep Apnoea and Swivel Recliner Chairs

I was diagnosed in 2010 with Sleep Apnoea and swivel recliner chairs can be a real help.

The sleep apnoea mask and machine work to keep the airways open and to help you breathe through the night

Back in 2010, when I was first diagnosed, it felt terrible to learn that I had to wear a mask.  This can mean all night, every night but it is surprising how you get used to it. It is possible to take for granted the use of the mask and the machine that pumps air through. However, I recently learnt just how much of a difference it makes to my life.

I developed severe toothache and my face became swollen which stopped me from wearing my mask at night. This carried on for about three weeks until the antibiotics worked and my dentist was able to remove some roots. I became very lethargic during the day and sitting in my swivel recliner chair I was going to sleep. This is not good but does prove just how comfortable my swivel recliner chair is!

Chartwell Swivel recliner chair and matching footstool

Last night I managed to wear my mask again and utilise the machine that goes with it. Today I feel like a different person with loads more energy and I have done more than ever. If only the pain from my arthritic limbs was as easy to control!

At least now my Sleep Apnoea is hopefully, back under control but it is a much under-diagnosed problem.  Anyone who lives with a heavy snorer, should listen, not for the snoring but for the silence. It is that moment that someone stops breathing and then gasps for air is the danger. Those moments and they can be just milliseconds are the danger. The heart lungs and brain can be starved of oxygen and over a period of time, this can be harmful.

Sleep apnoea can have a dramatic effect on people. I used to drop off to sleep when I was driving but did not realise it. After being diagnosed I had to surrender my driving licence. As the song says though, Always look on the bright side of life, now when we go out I can always have a drink!

Sleep Apnoea and swivel recliner chairs are ideal companions. But you should only go to sleep in your swivel recliner because you want to not because you have to.