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SHOPPING FOR LOVED ONES - ARE THEY ENTITLED TO VAT EXEMPTION?

SHOPPING FOR LOVED ONES - ARE THEY ENTITLED TO VAT EXEMPTION?

Sending gorgeous gifts this Christmas or shopping on behalf of loved ones? 

We love that so many of you purchase our adaptive clothing as beautiful gifts for family, friends and loved ones. We also like to shout about the fact we can offer VAT relief on the majority of them too. This is because they have been specifically designed to help make dressing easier.

We often get asked how does it work? Am I eligible, is my relative eligible? So we have put together this guide to make it all a little clearer.

LovABLE FESTIVE STYLING

LovABLE FESTIVE STYLING

For those happy days at home this Christmas, get styled up and be proud to show off your added independence in our favourite winter pieces. Layer up for crisp boxing day strolls or down with some cosy socks and a cuppa by the fire ♡
New Winter Adaptive Clothes from The Able Label

NEW IN - TOP CLASSIC WINTER PICKS

Over at The Able Label we are very excited to welcome the new season and we think that our new range will get you in the mood too! Here are our top 4 wardrobe staples which you can mix and match to help move into the Autumn & Winter months with adaptive elegance. 
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WORLD STROKE DAY 2015

World Stroke Day 2015

Today is World Stroke Day 2015, which aims to emphasise the serious nature and high rates of stroke. It also aims to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.

Stroke is the second leading cause of death in those over 60 years of age and the third leading cause of disability-adjusted life years worldwide.

There are many organisations focusing on different themes today however we have chosen to flag the World Stroke Organizations campaign. It resonates with us as we focus our efforts on providing clothing for women post-stroke, who may now find dressing more difficult as a result of the stroke’s impact on their physical and/or cogitative skills.

 

‘I am Woman’

The theme for the World Stroke Organization’s World Stroke Day 2015 is ‘I am Woman’. The campaign focuses on women because a woman is: 

  • more at risk of having a stroke.
  • more likely to die from a stroke than a man.
  • less likely to receive acute care and rehabilitation than a man, even though she responds equally well to treatment.
  • more likely to experience a severe decline in cognitive function, and runs a higher risk of post-stroke depression and instutionalisation.
  • more likely than men to experience hypertension, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), diabetes, depression and obesity, all of which increase stroke risk.
  • more likely to take on the caregiving role.

 

Stroke affects women, stroke affects everyone

There are certain strokes, which are more specific to women with the risk of stroke increased by pregnancy related diabetes, use of the birth control pill and hormonal changes.

The World Stroke Organization’s main aim for the day is to encourage women to make healthier lifestyle choices and get a health check. 

 

The Able Label Stroke Clothing

Strokes can make daily life more difficult. In particular, dressing can become a struggle. The Able Label specialises in providing quality, comfy, stylish clothing that is all easier to dress. Velcro fastening, wrap around styles and nothing dressed over the head all aid physical difficulties faced when dressing. In addition, we also provide help for the cognitive difficulties that may be faced after a stroke. All styles have colour co-ordinated internals to help prevent items being dressed incorrectly or the wrong way around. Lime is for left and red is for right.

Su wearing The Able Label's 'Su Jersey Wrap Dress'



The Verdict

Su is lives in London and is twenty-four years post stroke. The stroke affected her left side resulting in a fixed flexion in her elbow limiting use of her left arm meaning dressing is with one hand.

Su has tried the clothing and in particular, loved the wrap dress in gingko print navy. She loved it so much, that we decided to name the dress after her. 

She commented on how comfortable the clothes were on and how they were “pretty yet practical”.

 

 

More Information

Get involved and help share information about stroke prevention to help avoid preventable stroke and cardiovascular disease.

To find out more about stroke and World Stroke Day, visit World Stroke Organization’s website: 

http://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/get-involved/world-stroke-day-2015.html

 

For further information on The Able Label clothing which aims to support survivors by encouraging independence and self-esteem, visit: https://www.theablelabel.com

WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY 2015

Spreading Awareness for World Osteoporosis Day 2015


Today is World Osteoporosis Day, and at The Able Label, we feel it’s important to raise awareness and support organisations helping the very people that our products were designed to benefit.

Please help us spread this information, to let people know what Osteoporosis is, how it affects people and what Osteoporosis Day is about.

The key theme for this year is a call to us all - the majority of people not getting the recommended daily allowance of calcium, vitamin D and protein.

 

What is Osteoporosis?

Bone health begins in the womb so good nutrition is key to strong bones throughout life. As a child, bones grow and repair very quickly however this process slows, as you get older.

Osteoporosis is a fairly common condition, which weakens bones making them fragile and more likely to break.  It affects around 3 million people in the UK, with the most common types of breaks that can affect people being wrist, hip and vertebrae fractures.

 

What is Osteoporosis Day?

World Osteoporosis Day takes place on 20th October every year and is organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). It aims to raise global awareness of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

 

Osteoporosis Day 2015

Nutrition across all ages is the theme this year with the majority of people not getting the recommended daily allowance of calcium, vitamin D and protein. These are all crucial to bone health.

The big 3: key nutrients for building stronger bones:

1.) Calcium

  • Vital for strong bones and is a major building block of our skeleton.
  • Essential for healthy nerve and muscle function.
  • Your body will take calcium from bones and weaken them if you do not supply your body with the amount it needs.
  • Calcium is most commonly available through milk and other dairy foods.
  • For those who are unable to eat dairy products, other food sources include green vegetables like broccoli and curly kale; whole canned fish; nuts and tofu.

2.) Vitamin D

  • Key in helping the body to absorb calcium from the intestines and ensuring the correct renewal and mineralisation of bone.
  • Risk of falls reduced as muscle strength and balance improved
  • UV-B rays in sunlight can make this in the skin.
  • It is recommended that individuals should try to get 10-20 minutes of sun exposure to bare skin outside peak sunlight hours daily without sun cream (taking care not to burn).
  • Oily fish; egg yolk and liver are also sources of vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets and lead to ‘softening’ of the bones.

3.) Protein

  • Essential amino acids, which support bone building, are provided to the body by protein.
  • Skeletal growth can be affected as well as the preservation of bone mass with ageing due to insufficient protein.
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength can come from lack of protein leading to increased risk of falls.
  • Protein supplements can help reduce post-fracture bone loss, medical complications and rehabilitation stay in hospital of hip fracture patients.

 

Old Age and Osteoporosis – sustain mobility and independence

Preventative measures including a healthy diet will lower the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. Calcium levels can lower as you age as consumption may be reduced with decreased appetite or illness; decreased absorption into the intestines and decreased calcium retention by the kidneys. Levels of vitamin D may be lower due to reduced sunlight exposure being housebound; decreased function of the skin to take in vitamin D.

Dietary protein is needed to maintain physical function in older people. It has also been seen to reduce risk of complications and rehabilitation time of those with hip fractures. Those aged over 50 who have suffered a fall from standing height or less should be tested for osteoporosis.  

 

If you would like to know more about World Osteoporosis Day, take a look at the official website: http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org.

Pretty patterns, comfy fabrics from The Able Label clothing

THE ABLE LABEL: MEET THE TEAM THAT MADE IT HAPPEN

We have been lucky enough to partner with some fantastic individuals who are expert in their industry as The Able Label builds up for launch. We invite you to meet some of the team who have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to make The Able Label what it is.
Katie Ellis, Founder
The Able Label Director, Katie Ellis
When she started The Able Label, Katie wanted to create a beautiful range of clothing, which had the added benefit of being extremely comfortable and easier to dress too.
Having previously worked for White Stuff as a Buyer, quality and attention to detail had been ingrained into her and she thought, ‘why not make these great clothes more accessible to everyone?’ So after seeing her grandmother find dressing become increasingly difficult due to Parkinson’s, she did. She created The Able Label.

Sally Bailey, Advisor
The Able Label, Sally Bailey
A guru in the fashion industry, Sally was previously the CEO at White Stuff and prior to that, was Brand Director at Miss Selfridge.
She is now writing a book on ‘Good Work: How To Succeed In Business Without Selling Your Soul’. With her wealth of retail knowledge and appreciation for socially aware businesses, she has provided invaluable support and guidance to The Able Label.

John Llewelyn, Garment Designer
The Able Label John Lewellyn
John has been designing for some of the biggest names in the business for almost 30 years. Now working on bespoke items, he has been vital in creating our designs, which not only consider style but also comfort and functionality for the end wearer. His vast tailoring experience has proved invaluable. As with everything The Able Label strives to do, attention to detail is at the heart of everything John does.

Nikki Rose, Garment Technician
The Able Label Nikki Rose
The extremely talented Nikki, has taken the designs and customer feedback on board to create the best fitting and most functional garment whilst maintaining style. She has also ensured that all garments are passing strict quality testing and been involved in garment fit sessions to create beautiful styles which are more comfortable and easier to get on and off.

Jo Fry, Marketing and Press
The Able Label Jo Fry
Previously working in PR for White Stuff and Jack Wills, Jo is now freelance and has helped us to let the right people know about The Able Label, so those who would benefit from the clothing, will hear about it.

Ian Murrells, Photographer
The Able Label Ian
Ian’s photography perfectly captures the style and essence of The Able Label. He specialises in fashion and portrait photoshoots so is an expert in capturing personality. This is perfect for us as we wanted to get across that The Able Label is a lifestyle brand – it is not about age or ability, it is about making the most of every situation.  

Mei An Collier, Stylist
The Able Label Mei An Collier
With an impeccable eye for style and a perfectionist attitude, Mei An helped take the The Able Label photoshoot from concept to assisting on the day.
Her enthusiasm and sheer love for the job, was contagious and got everyone motivated and meant we got all the shots we needed to on a very tight schedule.

Natacha Derian, Hair and Make-up
The Able Label Natacha Derian
Nat is an established international make-up artist who specialises in fashion. She has worked with a number of prestigious magazines including GraziaMarie-Claire and Cosmopolitan as well as working behind the scenes at London and Paris Fashion Weeks and red carpet events. This experience has shone through our fashion shoots with Nat keeping the models looking their best.

Nikki Belding, Hair and Make-up
The Able Label Nikki Belding
Making all the volunteers on our photoshoot look and feel their best, Nikki is one of our incredible hair and make-up artists.
With a vast range of styling ability, she has also worked on a diverse range of projects in the field, from the set at Holby City to creating masterpieces for Madame Tussauds.

Want to know how the team worked together to produce The Able Label's first collection? Coming soon is our blog 'from Research to Rail' - a look at every stage of the production of our garments and the promotion of it.