Helping Family Members Gain Their Independence Back

I was recently commisioned by Premier Care to give my thoughts on the following topic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve mentioned in the past that my grandparents are now struggling to do the things that they once were. My in laws are also registered disabled and my father, before he passed away, had not long been registered disabled and struggled too. As such, accessibility is of massive importance to me.

Whilst I can’t claim to know everything that there is to know about accessibility – there is so much left for me to learn – what I do know is that we should aim to help those who struggle to do the day to day things that others take for granted.

One such thing is bathing. Now I don’t know about you but I love a bath. The thought of this routine being of difficulty to me is quite sad so I can only imagine how people like my Nan feel and how my father felt. Towards the end of his life, he ended up doing strip washes as he could no longer get in and out of the bath, something he used to love.

Something I have been looking into is companies who offer a solution to this – walk-in baths and easy access showers. If finances were to allow, I want to ensure my family members can have a pleasurable bathing experience without having to worry about slipping and falling.

One such company is Premier Care- take a look here to see what they have to offer. They are the UK market leader and offer a variety of products so that everyone can have an accessible bathing experience, no matter what.

Their walk in showers have been specifically designed to allow everyone to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing shower with complete confidence and safety. They have ultra low access and thermostatic control. There are a number to choose from so you can choose exactly the one to suit your needs.

The walk in baths have also been designed to make it easy to get in and out of them with ease with low level entry and easy carer access, should that be needed. They have grab rails, slip resistant surfaces and thermostatic controls – some also have reclining seats. There is a range to choose from, with you being able to choose the best one which suits your needs.

So why do I think accessible bathing is a must? Why wouldn’t I? Everyone deserves the opportunity to be able to bathe or shower in comfort without the fear of them slipping or falling and doing themselves an injury, especially if they are unsteady on their feet or cannot use them that well. I know that, for some of my family, the loss of their independence has been a tough pill to swallow and anything that can help make their day to day life that little bit easier is always something I am going to look into and champion.

I am still looking into options at the moment – whilst I’d love to just waltz in and convert my family members bathrooms, unfortunately I cannot do that without their permission and big changes aren’t something they take to well. But I am hoping that with my helping hand, I can help them gain a little of their independence back.

My 2019 Reading Challenge | Books 11-15

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Guess what? I’ve completed my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge! I initially set it at 12 books as I have really struggled with finding time and motivation for reading in recent years. However, I have found myself reading a lot since 2019 started so I have managed to achieve my goal!

I am planning on reading as much as I can for the rest of the year and seeing what the final number is. Today I want to talk to you about books 11-15 of my challenge – you can read all about books 1-5 here and 6-10 here.

So here are books 11-15 and what I thought about them!

The Girl In The Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes – 5/5 (sent for review)

I’ve written a full review here but I was really surprised with just how much I loved this. I don’t normally read books set in the wartime but this was gripping and I really loved the characters. It kept me turning the pages right until the very end and I really enjoyed it. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Without A Hitch by Bettina Hunt – 4/5

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Having read Bettina’s debut A Tempting Trio, I knew I was going to read her next book. I loved some of the characters, found others rather annoying (although I think that was the point – Sienna was very irritating for the majority of the book!) and couldn’t wait to see how the weddings of each woman panned out. I’ve ordered the follow up book of the ladies on honeymoon so can’t wait to see what happens. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): The Gentleman Vanishes (Book 30) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 5/5

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Yep, I’ve delved back into the Cherringham series! I love this series and find it great for when I need an easygoing read. I really enjoyed this book – I didn’t see it coming and I found the outcome very satisfying. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): Trail of Lies (Book 31) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

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This was an interesting read, telling the tale of three young girls on a hiking trip where only two return home. I had my suspicions from the start and they were founded but it was interesting to see the how and the why and how Jack and Sarah ultimately solved it with some clever detective work. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): Death Trap (Book 32) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

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I always find it interesting when the Cherringham books talk about local businesses and a crime occurs with them. It is fascinating to get to know the residents of the area a little better. I was surprised with the outcome, I must admit. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

So these are my books 11-15 – what have you been reading recently?

Self Care With Sinivalia

I was sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

As a mum of two, I rarely find time for myself. I’m always taking the kids to school or clubs, doing my work or doing housework. I recently decided that I needed to spend more time indulging in self care – whether its by taking a leisurely bubble bath or reading a book. Just a few minutes to myself.

I was recently sent the Bentonite Clay mask from Sinivalia to review – this product retails at £10.99 and you can buy it here.

Sinvalia was founded by a group of women who are passionate about skincare. They travelled the world in search of superior skincare ingredients and they also did plenty of research – both reading and speaking to physicians – to formulate a safe, effective and gentle product range.

They came up with a few promises which they strive to always keep to. They are against animal testing – every item is tested on willing human volunteers to check it is safe, effective and gentle. They make sure their products are manufactured to the highest standards and with strict quality control.

So what did I think of the product?

This mask is designed to help detoxify the skin and get rid of blackheads naturally. It is said to be an all in one detoxing, exfoliating and moisturising facial care and body cleanse. It rids skin of toxins and large clogged pores for smoother skin below. It is also said to be anti-aging. Their use of bentonite clay, which has been used in skincare for many years, was definitely encouraging. But did it match up to my expectations?

As an almost 30 year old, anti-aging is something I have started to think about, especially after noticing my first grey hair! My skin often looks lifeless and dull – perhaps sometimes to do with lack of sleep – and it could certainly do with a boost. Whilst I haven’t got wrinkles to contend with yet, anything that helps to keep them at bay is worth a try in my books.

Since I’ve been using this product, I’ve found my skin is looking a lot less grey and lot healthier – more hydrated and plumper. I’ve also noticed that the amount of acne I get has decreased – whilst I don’t get much acne nowadays, I do find certain areas of my face are quite stubborn and I have repeat offenders. My skin has been looking a lot better and I’m putting it down to using this mask regularly.

I’ll definitely be checking out more of the Sinivalia range – I love that their products are all natural, cruelty free and affordable too. Have you tried any Sinivalia products before?

A Little Life Update

It has been a little while since I shared a little life update – so what have we been up to?

Jack is in his final term of Year 2 and is both looking forward to junior school and also quite dubious too. He has actually got a school disco this Friday which is at the upper school and he is very excited to be able to socialise with the older children!

He is also starting recorder lessons tomorrow – I’m still not sure if I’ve made the right choice here as we all know how annoying recorders can be! He started Beavers last Monday and is really enjoying it already. I’ve just noticed a tri-golf club after school on Tuesdays too which I am considering signing him up to as well!

Olivia is still enjoying her playgroup and has started attending a couple of other things too, one being Sounds Right Phonics. She has really been enjoying the sessions and I can see that she is already learning from them which is great.

Work has been very busy which is great. I’ve been working with some fantastic clients which is always great. We’ve also managed a few trips away in recent months which have been lots of fun and just what we needed to recharge our batteries.

We are still looking for a larger property to move into but finding something in our budget at the moment is quite impossible. Hopefully we will be able to find something soon.

So that’s what is going on with me – what is going on in the life of you?

Getting Home Inspiration With SEH BAC

This is a paid collaboration with SEH BAC. 

Whilst we are still currently renting, home ownership is getting closer and closer for us. We’ve been discussing the things we want from the house we buy and what, if any, renovations we would make to make it our happy home.

We recently had the chance to visit the SEH BAC showroom, just up the road from us in Chesham. We visited to find out a little more about the business and to get some home inspiration ideas for the future. There were many things to see in the showroom and plenty of different options so you can make your home unique to you.

SEH BAC have been bringing home improvement to the South East for over 45 years. They are a multi award winning company and have 12 showcentres across the South East. They provide a reliable and trustworthy service and have consistently high reviews so it’s easy to see why they have been around so long.

I didn’t realise there was quite so much choice when it came to doors. Every time I thought I’d chosen a favourite one, I found another colour I liked. We went upstairs and found the aluminium doors and I fell in love – I’m definitely considering one when we move and we even enquired about standard prices for them.

Something else we need to consider when we move is windows. We’ve lived in a variety of places since we moved out of our parent’s homes and we have pretty much had every type of window you could possibly have but we both know what we want from our home.

Having the chance to look around the different window types and discuss things with Steve in preparation was great. Steve definitely found some he really wants!

Perhaps the biggest piece of home inspiration we left with – and something I didn’t actually know existed until I visited the showroom – was these integrated window and door blinds. We have a few different blinds around this rented property, had them in our previous property and also had them in the caravan we owned. They drive/drove me insane, especially with young children around and the long cords. I’d have to tie them up to keep them out the way – and I often get so annoyed when someone undoes the kitchen one and it ends up draping in the sink whilst I am washing up!

These integrated window and door blinds are such a fantastic idea and definitely something we will be opting for in a new property. Steve and I were both really intrigued by them and spent ages by them, testing them out and discussing their functionality. They are functional, they are attractive to look at and – perhaps most important of all as a parent – they are safe.

I want to finish off by talking about how great the customisation is. A home is meant to be exactly that – your home – and so it is important it reflects you and your family, nobody else. Being able to choose different things such as colours, the finish of your doors, door handles and window handles gives you the opportunity to make your home completely unique to you which is great. I know I want to be completely happy with my home so being able to customise it to my tastes is a big plus point.

I left the SEH BAC showroom last week, brimming with inspiration and eager to move forward in our home owning journey. We have still got a way to go before we find our perfect house and put the keys in the lock but we are able to start thinking about we want to do and start saving towards the renovations in advance. I can’t wait to make my house a home.