The Able Label Blog
Carers do the most incredible job, whether as a professional or caring for loved ones. We understand that the daily life of a carer can be very rewarding yet challenging, and that any support can go a long way.
The Able Label clothing is selected and designed entirely to help to ease the process of dressing and this often includes assisted dressing.
We have selected a range of both womenswear and menswear items featuring clever adaptive designs which we believe carers can hugely benefit from.
See our full Clothing for Care range, specifically selected for assisted dressing.
This Christmas be prepared for comfortable glam. From Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day, we have created styling suggestions to put at the top of your Christmas list. Our easy to use fastenings and clever designs will help to reduce your time and effort dressing, so that you can focus on celebrating!
Valentines Day is just around the corner. This year, don’t limit the love – with a significant other or not, take the opportunity to celebrate your love for friends and family, as well as yourself. Show anyone you love, just how much they mean to you. Or go ahead and treat yourself, you know you deserve it!
We have a selection of gift ideas, to show the love however you plan to spend this Valentines day.
Treat yourself to cosy comforts with:
Cathie Hot Water Bottle, £15
Still cold? Our cute hot water bottle that is made in the UK is sure to heat you up in the home. As well as keeping you warm, a hot water bottle can give you many hours of relief from aches and pains and a wide variety of injuries and ailments. Measuring 17 x 24 x 6 cm, it is an ideal size being easier to carry.
Our cosy nightwear range will ensure you get a good night sleep. Front fastening with touch closures, they give you the option to avoid overhead dressing. Match back with our warming non-slip bed socks to help prevent falls through slipping.
Lilly Knitted Cape
£39.95 - £33.29 exc VAT
Available in a choice of three colours, our Lilly Knitted Cape is a great solution to keep the chill off. With its collar that sits high on the neck and super soft and warm fabric, this is a hero winter warmer. With no armholes to contend with, this style is easier to get on and off. It may appear that this cape fastens with a button at the neck however the button is just for decoration – the cape actually fastens with Velcro meaning no fiddly fastening.
Show someone the love with:
Bella Scarf, £15.95
Our collections of jewellery and scarves have all been designed to coordinate with our clothing so you can easily mix and match outfits. Magnetic jewellery takes the faff out of fiddly fastenings.
Lorna Knitted Wrap, £55
We have a range of stylish, on-trend wraps that without sleeves or any fiddly fastenings to contend with, are easier to take on and off. The warm fabrics and stylish designs are versatile and timeless seeing you through a variety of occasions and also seasons.
Stella Top (Dragon Red),
£47.50 - £29.58 exc VAT
Our beautiful fit and flare style Stella Top, comes in a beautiful dragon red colour and in viscose/elastane, drapes elegantly for a stylish look. You also have the option to fasten and unfasten at the front making it easier to get on and off.
Share the love this Valentines Day,
What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?
We take most daily activities for granted. These could be simple things like shopping and getting dressed, or more complex things like raising children or studying. For some individuals however, being unable, or finding it difficult, to do these things, can have a huge impact on our quality of life. This is where the assistance of a qualified occupational therapist (OT) comes in.
The British Association of Occupational Therapists, refer to therapy provided by specially trained, qualified staff “who help people of all ages who are suffering from physical, mental or social problems as a result of an accident, illness or ageing to do the things they want to do.”
How can The Able Label help OT’s?
The Able Label clothes are all specifically designed to make dressing easier. However, where we are different from other adaptive clothing companies is that we also consider quality, comfort and style. By creating the perfect blend of function and fashion, The Able Label is helping OT’s to fulfil their role of helping those they work with to the things they want.
The clothes encourage independence with the easier Velcro fastenings and colour co-ordinated internals whilst boosting confidence as individuals feel comfortable, able to maintain their style and this shows.
All styles have been through rigorous focus group testing with those who would benefit from the clothing as well as OT’s.
Some of the key features of the range include:
- All clothes are eligible for VAT relief
- Velcro fastenings
- No overhead dressing
- Trousers pull on in regular and short leg
- Extra long, hidden zips at cuff on cardi and hem on trouser for easier access
- All styles available in sizes 8–22
- Colour co-ordinated internals to help cognitive difficulties
- Breathable fabric with extra stretch for comfort
- Easy to mix and match creating different outfits from only a few items
- Quicker, easier and safer dressing for carers assisting with dressing
Find out more on how The Able Label clothing can benefit OT’s and the individuals they support by visiting our website: http://www.theablelabel.com.
The OT Show
The Able Label will be showing alongside Access Independent at the OT Show 25th – 26th November. We will be on stand B34 and even have a catwalk planned at 10:15am both days in the Innovation Theatre. If you are there, come and visit the stand and catwalk. We would love the opportunity to show you the benefits of the clothing first-hand!
We are also looking for OT ambassadors. If you are about to move into or already in the independent sector and are looking for an add-on, we would love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com.
Otherwise we hope to see you at the OT Show!
Last week, Katie visited the Home Instead Senior Care head office of the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge branch. Greeted by the lovely Symone, they had a cup of tea and a long chat about domiciliary care.
So impressed by the homecare services they offer, Katie felt it was important to write about them.
For those of you who have not heard of Home Instead before, they are specialists in non-medical homecare of older people. In the same way The Able Label was started, Symone too was moved by a personal experience with her Grandmother. This led to her leaving a successful career in management in pursuit of starting up a business whilst making a difference.
Catering for a variety of individual needs, Home Instead offer many services ranging from a few hours a day up to 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are three key categories of service; companionship, home help and personal care. A few services available under these categories include:
– stimulating mental awareness through conversation, reminiscing and recording family history
– accompanying on trips, visiting neighbours or family, going out for lunch or to appointments together.
– participating in hobbies and crafts together or helping with reading
Home Help Service
– assisting with weekly tasks including changing bed linen, washing, ironing and dry cleaning.
– preparing shopping lists together, doing shopping and putting items away.
– providing light housekeeping, take rubbish out, care for houseplants and pets.
Personal Care Service
– assisting with daily tasks like morning wake up and evening tuck in as well as bathing, grooming and dressing.
– providing respite and convalescence care
– helping with medication reminders and assisting with eating.
A victim of their own success however, the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge branch of Home Instead are so focused on finding the right staff, they are currently unable to meet demand. Symone maintains satisfying current at-home clients’ needs first is the priority but even these individuals are requiring increased hours from their services.
The shortage of staff is predominantly down to their high standards when recruiting. Symone explained that in order to give at-home clients the best possible care, they only employ individuals who have been pre-screened, scrutinised and carefully checked. With compassion at the heart of employment, caregivers go on to receive extensive and continuous training before they are paired with an at-home client. “The match has to be right for both if the service is to work” Symone emphasises.
Katie found herself moved by the compassion of her and the team. Everything they do is centred on one simple question, “would I be happy with my Grandmother receiving this care?” This is what sets Home Instead apart.
There is a focus is on building trusting relationships and providing mental stimulation, which is all to often neglected within care. It is not about ticking off a to-do list, it is about speaking to individuals and working with them to tailor a care plan around their specific needs. This in turn helps to give the at-home client as much independence as possible as they work with them not to them. This gives them much more meaningful and fulfilled lives.
If you are keen to find out more about the services available, please take a look at the Home Instead website. Otherwise if you are based in the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge area, contact Symone directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how they can help support you or you loved ones.
Alternatively, if you are interested in flexible and rewarding part-time work around the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge areas, Home Instead are looking for caregivers. Please contact Symone directly on 01892 731264. No specific experience is needed, you just need to be reliable and have a passion for caring for other people as full training will be provided.