How to become an Occupational Therapist

How to become an Occupational Therapist

Becoming an Occupational Therapist is full of humbling rewards, as well as offering you an exciting and varied career. If you are someone who thrives to make a difference, enjoys some excellent employment prospects, and require a high degree of flexibility then becoming an OT could be the role for you! Being a sociable and …

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Increasing Independence: ActivMotion Rise & Fall Units

Increasing Independence: ActivMotion Rise & Fall Units

On our list of top priorities here at AKW, apart from the aim of providing the world with comprehensive and affordable mobility support, are the people who install our products. Wet Rooms, Grab Rails and Showers up and down the country are picked up from an AKW supplier, installed perfectly and then left to help …

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Recognising pain in those living with Dementia

Recognising pain in those living with Dementia

Pain is a natural human sensation. We experience different kinds of pain that produce different kinds of actions and reactions. Mental pain over loss is often known as grief, which can often make people experience heightened emotions, especially those that are negative, whereas a physical pain from say a broken bone, would cause a different …

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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 have focused on sharing our knowledge when creating dementia friendly bathrooms and there are two main reasons for this. The first is that as our population ages, dementia appears to becoming more prevalent and secondly, bathrooms are one of the most challenging and dangerous places for a person with dementia. Here are the top …

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