Getting out and about this Autumn

For many people, Autumn is the best season. It it a time of great natural beauty, the leaves change and fall from the trees as temperatures start to fall, but we still have gloriously sunny days and blue skies that hold off the bay of Winter just that little bit longer. These lovely days (and if we’re really lucky, a touch of an Indian Summer) make Autumn a season where we really should be getting out and about and enjoying some fresh air and outdoor pursuits.

There really is no reason to be staying inside. Children need to be turfed out, away from their computer screens, and instead given a football, a frisbie or a kite. Moms and dads need to put those car keys away and make the most of the season by opting to walk to the shops or the school. Even if your mobility is a problem for you, there is still no reason why you can’t enjoy some time away from the TV, computer or PS4. A range of different mobility aids from a company like Pro Rider Mobility can give you the support you need to be able to enjoy time outdoors, whether it be a trip in the park or taking in a nature walk. And don’t forget that the best events of Autumn, Halloween and Bonfire Night, take place outside.

Here are a few more ideas for enjoying a wonderful Autumn.

Enjoy your local Park

As I’ve already mentioned, parks are beautiful places of change at this time of the year. Whether you are walking your dog, or taking your children to search for conkers and pine cones, this really is a great way to spend a couple of hours, particularly whilst we still have some daylight hours in the evenings after school and work.

Get yourself to a football match

We are now well into the football season, and while I have to admit that it gets pretty cold on the stands once we hit Winter, for me, the best way to spend an Autumn afternoon is cheering on your team at the top of your voice, and getting a hotdog covered in mustard on the way back. Most grounds these days have access for those with mobility problems, with my team, West Brom, also adding an area for those with sensory issues and new commentary for death supporters, making football far more inclusive than it was in the past.

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Say Goodbye to the bears of The Big Sleuth

The Big Sleuth has been a massive success if Birmingham and the surrounding areas this Summer, with 100 bears delighting thousands of people. But all good things must come to an end, and the weekend beginning October 6th sees the finale for the bears, as they are all gathered together in East Park for one last goodbye. If you didn’t get chance to see the bears in their locations, this is a great way to see the bears all together.

Birmingham Weekender

This weekend sees the Birmingham Weekender, a weekend dedicated to getting the arts out and about in the city of Birmingham. From Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city-centre complete with Harminder the Elephant, to Slack Rope Connections and the Bullzini Family Funambulists in Cathedral Square, who will help you test your balancing skills, this is a great way of getting out and about with your family, and finding that the city is about far more than shopping.

How will you enjoy the great outdoors this Autumn?

Dealing With Mobility Problems In The Home

My dad is 63. No real age in our modern times, but in recent years, illness has taken it’s toll to the point where he now struggles with walking any sort of distance, and has resorted to using a stick when out and about. The reality is that mobility is becoming a problem that didn’t exist in the past, and that it is something, that, unfortunately will only get worse.

It is something that I can totally sympathise with. 12 years ago I was struck with sudden, debilitating pain that left me hardly able to walk and move. It came on quite suddenly, with the pain beginning in my hip area, but got much, much worse, to the point where my legs felt like dead weights that it took me all my time to move. I had to have numerous tests, including a full body scan, and it was eventually diagnosed that the pain was some sort of arthritic complaint, although not actual arthritis. Physio and hydrotherapy were used to get my feeling and strength back and eventually I recovered fully, although I can still have twinges and odd pain in colder weather.

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The worst part about the whole episode was the sheer frustration of struggling to do things we take for granted and do with ease. Walking up stairs was a real effort, stepping into the bath or shower was both difficult and painful.  Even getting into bed could be a struggle, and I often found myself unable to sleep as I was just too uncomfortable. Thankfully, companies like Millercare, who deal with mobility issues, stock a wide range of products to make life easier in every room of your home, from pillows to support your back, to bath seats that make bathtime the relaxing time it should be.

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If you have mobility problems, whether they are a natural part of growing older, or stemming from a medical issue, you can find comfort in your own home with just a few tweaks to how you live.

Bathroom luxury and comfort from Premier Bathrooms

One of my favourite ways to relax and wind down is to take a hot bath.  With the tub filled with my favourite bubbles from Elemis and Bodhi, with the door locked against the world, and by turning on the hot tap everytime the water is in danger of going cold, I can wind away happy hours just relaxing, thinking about absolutely nothing in particular.

In contrast, when I need a quick wake up call, a shower is the way to go. Hot jets of water combined with a zesty shower gel can get the morning started, or can be a pick me up at the end of a long and tiring day. Relaxing or invigorating, it is true that we can take showers and baths for granted, not thinking that for people who suffer from chronic pain and disability, or with mobility problems due to ageing, these things are not so easy, with just getting in and out of the bath/shower a cause for problems. The real shame of this is that soaking in a bath can often be theraputic for those who do suffer from the aches of chronic pain.

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Premier Bathrooms have an ethos which totally agrees with the theraputic needs of baths and showers, stating ‘…we believe that everyone should be able to bathe in comfort and safety…’.  A UK market leader in walk-in baths and easy access showers for the past 27 years, this family run business produces high quality, tailor made products that can suit a range of needs and fit into an array of different sized bathrooms. What is also great about the products from Premier Bathrooms is that the emphasis is also on quality and appearance, these are items that are not only practical  and helpful, but are luxurious and attractive too.

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The Premier Bathrooms bathing solutions offer low level entry for their showers, and are spacious and roomy, and can contain a shower seat. The baths can come in a range of sizes and are perfect for those with chronic pain that is alleviated through hydro-therapy. As already mentioned, they look pretty special too, in great quality designs.