First Electric Wheelchair

I both love and despise new things. There's a part of me that is always excited by the potential of the new; I like shiny things and new things are always shiny; but then there's the experienced part of me that has accumulated a mountain of firsts that never works out well. I truly hope [...]

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Independence: expensive equipment or human assistance?

I have always preferred technology over assistance. If there is a way to carry out a task independently, I would choose to do so rather than requiring the assistance of another person. I think that's quite a universal preference. It's usually a more complicated and costly route and so not always the one supported or [...]

Carer’s Budget; having no say

I receive a fixed budget from the council to pay any personal assistant/carer I employ. I am the employer and the budget is set based on how many hours of care I need and calculated on a fixed hourly rate. Unfortunately, having a personal assistant costs me quite a bit of money. The standard response [...]

Accessibility Done Right

  I attended a labour workshop at the Melksham King's Park Children Centre last Tuesday. On arrival, the two disabled car parking spots were easy to spot and in a very good location, right on the edge so that there were space on the driver's side as usual, but also space on the passenger side, [...]

In search of a new PA; again

I'm starting to wonder whether I am an incredibly exacting person to work for as I simply can't seem to hold on to a personal assistant/carer on a permanent basis. The first quit due to personal health issues, the second quit before she even started and the third quit because she doesn't enjoy cleaning. I'm [...]

Well what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today! [Phone disconnects] Phil: Hello? HELLO?!

A little over eight months pregnant and I'm off to the bathroom every five minutes. The wet room in the new house is not very accessible with standard doors through which a standard wheelchair barely fits and a large storage heater obstructing access. It doesn't matter at the moment. My personal assistant/carer is on holiday [...]

Headache proofing the house

I woke up with a bad migraine around 5 a.m. with a sinking feeling that this was not going to be a good day. Sensory things worsen my headaches, movement, light, strong smells and noise. Movement isn't much of a problem, lie still, get the cat to not walk over my head and I'm all [...]

The good, the bad and the… interesting

Personal assistant job interview time again. Applications forms arrived on Friday and interviews started this morning. I'm not as nervous about the whole process as I was the first time around and with a good number of applicants with quite a few looking promising on paper, it seems like the process this time round will [...]