1992 is when the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was announced and held every year after on the 3rd of December. United Nations lead this observance day and hope those contributing do so in celebration through learning and action. In this blog, we will discuss ways to join in the celebrations in a COVID friendly way.
A Reflection on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020
Last years theme was an important one and something many of us hadn't cast much thought upon, "Not All Disabilities Are Visible". The theme made people worldwide re-evaluate the stereotypes that stem from the term disabled. Thanks to this campaign, autism, hearing impairments or conditions that affect the brain, neurological system, and mental health became widely recognised in terms of disability.
What is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Theme 2021
We are happy the Coronavirus pandemic is levelling out to a form of normalcy. With this year's theme at the forefront of our minds, 'Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era." We can take a deep look into supporting disabled people following the global pandemic.
How Can We Help the Disabled In This Post COVID World
To best understand how we can support those with disabilities, we have taken a look at the Government's statistics regarding the disabled and how they feel post-COVID.
Mental Health and the Disabled Post COVID
People with disabilities have stated that their mental health has been negatively affected by Coronavirus, and they are having feelings of anxiety, boredom, stress and loneliness. Almost half of the disabled population reported feeling lonely as an effect of the pandemic, which is significant.
So how can we help? A great way to combat many of the above feelings is by talking about them to others. Some great listeners and advice-givers include family members, friends or professionals. Verbalising problems decreases stress levels and opens up the room for conversation and discussion, relieving anxiety and stress.
24% of UK disabled people stated they hadn't spoken to anyone about their worries.
Healthcare and the Disabled Post COVID
40% of disabled people have stated that access to healthcare for non-Coronavirus related issues has been affected. It's an ambiguous statement, covering many areas from travel to treatment by healthcare professions at hospitals and GP practices.
So how can we help? If you are a healthcare professional, make sure you positively impact any patient and provide the correct information to allow the individual to seek proper treatment. For anyone who has a disabled relative or friend, make sure they have access to transport and can make their appointments. There are online portals to order online prescriptions, so helping them set up an account can give the disabled person a means of acquiring medication without mobility barriers.
Shopping and the Disabled Post COVID
It is our fundamental human right to have access to water, food and other essentials, and this is an area some people with disabilities are finding tricky. 27% of disabled people have stated that having access to groceries, medications, and other essentials have been affected by the Coronavirus.
So how can we help? When shopping and being generally out and about, be mindful of others, keep your 2m distance to make others feel safe in the store. If you have a disabled friend or relative, ask if they need any assistance. If they do not feel comfortable leaving the house, create an online groceries order or help them order goods online. Assess where the disabled person needs additional help and find ways to make this practical and safe.
Coronavirus has affected us all but has taken a toll on some of society more so than others. We need to come together as we did for the NHS and make sure that we as a community are inclusive and accessible to all people no matter their circumstances.
Many products on the market can improve the lives of those with disabilities. At Tenura, we have a range of disability aids that can help in all areas of life. We are offering you a 10% discount to support the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021.
You can redeem the code at checkout, receiving 10% off Tenura products such as:
- Tenura bottle and jar openers, these nifty gadgets are grip-enhancing and make removing lids from containers easier and more comfortable. They are perfect for anyone with weak grip strength.
- Tenura non-slip bath stickers once applied to your bath or shower. They add a non-slip layer that reduces the risk of slips and falls in a frequently wet and notoriously slippy area of the home. These bath stickers are the solution for people needing mobility assistance in the bathroom.
- Tenura table mats work well as placemats or on dinner trays to stop plates from sliding. For people with Parkinson's, hand tremors can make carrying a tray tricky but making sure the objects on the tray won't slide can be helpful.
- Tenura floor mats, you can place them around the home, anywhere you need to add non-slip properties, for example, near your couch to give you a better foothold when standing or sitting down, you can use them in tandem with mobility aids such as walking sticks or wheelchairs.
Use code IDOPWD10 for 10% off the whole Tenura range (valid until 01/12/21).
Some companies are taking up the Purple Tuesday initiative to make their company values align with the disabled community. This blog will outline how you can get involved and what Tenura is doing to ensure we provide inclusive customer service.
So, What’s Purple Tuesday All About
Fourteen million people in the UK live with a disability, equating to roughly 22% of the population. With that many people classified as having some form of disability, you’d think we would have better infrastructure as a nation to cope with the challenges the disabled community face.
We are excited to be taking part this year and joining in with over 5,000 organisations, pledging towards the Purple Tuesday campaign. Each organisation reflects inward to evaluate their customer service to make it a better experience for the disabled.
How Technology and Companies can Help
As technology and our understanding of disabilities continues to grow, the future for inclusivity is bright, which is precisely what Purple Tuesday is all about.
The technology push towards a more accessible customer experience is essential. It can start with ideas such as website accessibility, voice recognition devices, and providing different channels disabled customers can access your services. Companies coming up with technology advancements in the name of disability inclusion are fantastic, as all these changes can vastly improve a disabled person’s experience with your company.
Companies can make changes offline too, which includes; training staff helping them to communicate with disabled people, installing wheelchair ramps, and creating clear signage.
If you are a company that wants to join in on the Purple Tuesday campaign, you can via their website, you need to register, then pledge a commitment that will benefit disabled people using your company. Put your ideas into action and deliver on your goals, so you can celebrate your achievements when it comes to 2nd November.
How You Can Help
Those of you speaking out on social media, informing others about businesses stepping in the right direction and making those positive-discrimination steps is impactful. Helping companies recognise ways they can improve accessibility helps create the market pull, pulling companies in line with the values of the disabled community and beyond.
You can use the following hashtags to join in on the conversation:
Tenura’s Pledge to Purple Tuesday
We aim to provide a better user experience for disabled people using the Tenura website. We want to be inclusive, and with products aimed at those who are disabled, it seems like a step in the right direction.
One step we have taken to reach our goal of a more inclusive website is a website audit. The website audit picks up areas where we can make our website accessible. We will be implementing these ideas in the coming years, as we have big plans, ranging from image naming formulas that aid those using screen readers to releasing a guide on website accessibility in the form of a blog. We started our strategy last year and have been making small manageable steps towards our goal ever since. As I am sure you appreciate, these adaptations take both time and money.
To further help us towards our website accessibility goal, please send an email informing us of any website accessibility techniques you feel we could implement.
We want to show our appreciation to the community pledging towards a better future by offering you a 10% discount on all Tenura products via our website. Use the discount code PURPLETUES10 at checkout to redeem.
This promotion is running from 26/10/21 to 16/11/21.
Tenura creates and manufactures helpful assistive devices for children to make life a little simpler. Tenura's ergonomically designed children's products are beneficial during play and mealtimes. The three gadgets on show in the video are Tenura children's cutlery grips, CupCaps and non-slip mats. You can use these products to promote the development of fine motor skills like handwriting.
Skills such as handwriting and properly using cutlery, may not seem necessary. However, they are the foundation to key life skills, and by using and practising with cutlery, the child's brain develops fine motor skills.
Fine motor skills are the movements we make using our smaller muscles for intricate tasks, a task in our daily lives that requires such skill is fastening the buttons on your top, tying shoelaces, writing and correctly using cutlery.
Children who do not practice fine motor skills often have low self-esteem because they are unable to complete the same tasks as their peers. So, let's make sure your child is happy and prepared for life by encouraging their development using Tenura children's products.
Explore the benefits of our Children's Range:
Children's Cutlery Grips
Children can struggle to hold items with thin handles as it requires fine motor skills and coordination. Typically, children can feed themselves by age seven, having acquired these skills through years of practice. You may not give it much thought but grasping smaller objects requires a more extensive range of movement, which is why some children struggle to hold cutlery. To help your child, slide Tenura children's cutlery grips onto handles, enlarging their surface area and making them more comfortable to hold. Some great examples include:
- Pens and Pencils
Children's cutlery grips come in a pack of two and are available in three colours, red, blue and grey.
For larger hands, we have ergonomically designed adult cutlery grips.
Children's Table Mats
Arts and crafts are a treasured pastime for all children, often consisting of paint, pens and glue, all of which can leave horrifying marks on your furniture. However, by using a Tenura children's mat as a barrier between the table and their art, you can protect your surfaces and keep the mess contained. Tenura mats are easy to wash/wipe down and are dishwasher safe.
The mat's silicone non-slip properties prevent spillages, as paint pots and other mess-making supplies are securely held in place by the children's mat.
There are two funky shaped children's mats available, an orange cat and a green frog.
Tenura CupCaps – Silicone Drink Lids
We are all prone to knocking over drinks, especially children, whose bodies are growing and don't have the best spatial awareness. With that in mind, CupCaps can be an ideal help. CupCaps are stretchy silicone drink lids that create a seal over the top of containers to keep the liquid inside and avoid spillages. Stretch the drinks cap over your cup, insert a straw through the eyelet and away you go, mess-free.
Benefits of Tenura Children's Assistive Devices
Tenura’s three assistive devices for children are made from silicone, which means that have fantastic qualities, which include:
- An essential feature as children tend to put things in their mouth, so the last thing you want is the object to be toxic
- Bacteria can't harbour on the mat's surface. Your child has a developing immune system, so it is crucial to reduce the risk of infection/illness
- Your child could be allergic to latex, and you may not be aware
- Easy to hand wash and dishwasher safe
- Tenura children's products can withstand temperatures up to 250°C
If you would like to contact us regarding the Tenura children's range or our other products, please fill out the contact form.
Developing Fine Motor Skills in Children
Performing actions with increased frequency positively affects how smooth, fast and accurate the motion can be completed in the future, becoming ingrained in 'muscle memory'.
As for a child learning how to write, years of practice go by to develop the skill. If you have ever tried to practice the art form, calligraphy, you will realise what it was like when first beginning writing. You have to train your hand to complete the same motion each time ensuring every letter is identical in style. You have to train your body to make those exact motions.
By repetitively completing actions, you also build up the strength in the muscles involved in that movement, especially supportive muscles required for fine motor skills. As these improvements continue, the brain takes note and sends out altered signals each time, which is, of course, why practice makes perfect.
To help develop this skill in your children, you should practice activities such as colouring/drawing, tracing, cutting, writing, playing with playdough and using cutlery when eating.
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For me, 2021 holds a wealth of opportunity, and I will hopefully get to see more of my friends and family (of course, as and when the government deem it safe). Staying connected with my friends and family in the coming year is going to be one of my main focuses, and I believe this to be in line with that of the UK population. We have all missed out on seeing family during milestones such as birthdays.
During this time, please keep in your mind, relatives or friends who are struggling to live independently and may require your assistance from time to time, check up on them and make sure they are doing well, this is what Christmas is all about. We know it can be challenging to spread the Christmas spirit when barriers such as lockdowns are in play. However, these people are a part of our community and deserve the utmost care.
2021 in terms of Tenura is another full year of helpful videos, and continued commitment to deliver our high-quality products internationally, to help everyone worldwide who hasn’t yet discovered the wonders of Tenura.
Fingers crossed we will see you at one of the exhibitions we plan on attending. However, it is too early to give any more details on the whereabouts, as we know, from our 2020 experience, these details are subject to change. Subscribe to the blog to stay up-to-date (and receive a 10% off discount code).
As for our opening hours during the Christmas period, they are as follows:
Friday 25th December till Tuesday 29th December 2020
Wednesday 30th December till Thursday 31st December 2020
08:30 to 17:30 - LIMITED SERVICES
Friday 1st December 2020
Monday 4th January 2021
OPEN + FULLY OPERATIONAL
If you are going to make a purchase and would like it in time for Christmas, we suggest ordering before the 23rd December if delivery is within the UK and for the rest of Europe order before the 24th to avoid disappointment.
From the bottom of our hearts here at Tenura, we wish you all the best for the new year, and we hope that Christmas goes as well as it can, even if we can’t be with our loved ones, we can connect with them in other ways.
In modern day Life it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic, but with the growing epidemic of plastic pollution it is in our best interests to minimise the amount we use.
Plastics harm the environment by seeping into soil and water, degrading our beaches, killing wildlife, choking our oceans and killing millions of marine animals each year.
There is now a huge campaign to reduce the plastic foot print by governments, environmental groups and worldwide supporters.
We are part of the problem and now need to be part of the solution.
Our problem is that we live in a throw away culture and urgency is needed to move away from this lifestyle involving single usage plastic.
Even If we make little changes in our day to day life, that can help to reduce our own plastic footprint.
Even if we each make little changes in our day to day lives, together they will have a huge impact in reducing the plastic footprint.
Below are a few pointers to go plastic free at home.
Purchase reusable bags made from durable, environmentally-friendly materials that will last time and time again.
Refillable, glass water bottles are much better for the environment and yourself.
Skip a straw or buy a reusable metal one.
local Markets or local farmers markets are ideal for plastic free shopping as most items are displayed loose and stall holders more likely to accommodate your needs. Most food hasn’t travelled miles to get to you therefore the carbon footprint is low.
Buy in Bulk
Reduces the amount of plastic packaging.
Reusable Party Cutlery
The amount of single use partyware we through away in our lifetimes if we thought about it would add up to a considerable amount.
Recycle When Possible
This will give your used packaging the best chance of being disposed of correctly to reduce the pollution created from waste.
The ‘Attenborough Effect’ has sparked a rise in beaches around the UK having a big clean up. With a rise in 18 beaches since last year being awarded for their litter free sands. Over the past 12 months, this movement has led to a 53 percent reduction in single-use plastic.
Large fast-food and coffee franchises such as McDonalds, Nandos and Cost Coffee are leading the way in the eradication of their single-use, plastic straws.
Certain Supermarkets are also taking action to reduce plastic packaging on their products by creating plastic-free aisles so consumers can buy products loosely, or bring their own containers.
The UK has also banned products containing microbeads within the last year.
What Effort is Tenura Making?
Here at Tenura we are making the move from plastic to cardboard packaging, starting with our jar and bottle openers. By 2020, the entire Tenura range will be packaged in cardboard retail boxes.
Cardboard is a very durable material, which allows products to withstand long transportation times. It prevents moisture from accessing goods within the packaging and prevents them from becoming damaged.
Cardboard is biodegradable and recyclable, with it also being more easily and widely recycled than any other material. With it being a lighter packaging, this would also reduce the emissions used when transporting.
For more specific information on our new cardboard packaging, or to place an order, you can contact the Tenura sales team via phone. Alternatively complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Swiss and American researchers recently released a study stating that bath-time toys, rubber ducks predominantly in this case, become a haven for disease-spreading bacteria.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois, counted the microbes found in the murky, stagnant water that resided in some of these bath-time toys. In 4 out of the 5 toys studied, they found that the water squeezed out of them contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacterium which is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infection”.
While differences have been found in others, many bath-toys have produced similar results and the reason is down to the material. The plastic materials, with low-quality polymers in them, release carbons that can serve as food for the bacteria. While some of the bacteria is present in the water, bodily fluids, various contaminants and soap are also added. The additional components add microbes and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous and when the bacteria are introduced to this balmy brine and the carbon released from the bath-toys material it creates a formula that produces a haven for bacteria to grow and thrive, so much, so there was a strikingly high number recorded. Up to 75 million cells per square centimetre of a variety of bacteria and fungus. The research had lead to the conclusion that without the carbon produced from the low-quality polymers in the material, this number would have been much less dramatic.
The presence of bacteria is important for the development of a child’s immune system, but too much can lead to infections. The increase of which can be avoided by better quality bath toys that feature higher quality polymers thus preventing the growth and fungus and bacteria.
Tenura Antimicrobial Daily Living Aids
With Tenura for the most part being hand held daily living aids intended for use around food and drink, we too faced similar issues in making sure our products did not subject our users to these risks as well as others.
Initially creating our daily living aids from a non-toxic material, silicone, we removed the need for phthalates to be used in our products to make them pliable enough for their purpose. Phthalates have been used in similar products. It helps to soften cheaper materials to give them a more rubber like finish. The problem with phthalates, is that they are toxic and exposure to them can have long term detrimental health effects. This has resulted in them being banned or restricted in parts of Europe and the USA.
To help combat bacteria the only additive we used is an anti-microbial powder, added during the manufacturing process which prevents the build-up of bacteria and protecting against mould and fungi. This solitary additive is intended to help protect our customers, as well as add value through longevity to our daily living aids.
View the range on the website. Spend £50 or more and we will deliver your order to you free of charge.
A lot of media attention has focused on the new British plastic £5 banknote containing animal fats. The use of animal fats is controversial for environmentalists, vegans, and vegetarians.
The proposed new plastic £20 note will contain palm oil. While being more vegan friendly, the implications of the use of palm oil are the processes to obtain this oil devastates forests, leaving many animals without their natural habitats in which they reside. They say they are going to be producing the new plastic £20 notes using sustainable palm oil, but the jury, as ever, is out.
But what purpose do those oils and fats serve? The answer, phthalate plasticisers. Phthalates soften plastic, making it malleable. Without phthalates, plastic would be harder and brittle. What is interesting is that the British polymer banknote manufacturer took a safe approach, animal-derived and palm oil additives are only in trace amounts. They used a safe phthalate, not something harsh like DEHP, DINP, DIDP etc.
The Bank of England has estimated that the anticipated volume of £20 banknotes would require by-products from 25-30 cattle. If you would like to find out more information regarding the use of palm oil and animal derivatives in UK banknotes, The Bank of England has produced an informative brochure.
For our environmentally conscious readers, it is also worth highlighting:
- The new £5 banknote lasts 2.5% longer than their paper predecessors
- Polymer banknotes have a 16% lower carbon footprint and can be recycled
- Polymer banknotes are also three times more hygienic
Tenura takes a strict approach to plasticisers; we believe that objects which are handled regularly should not contain them. Unlike other companies that offer PVC materials laden with phthalates (DEHP, DINP, etc), Tenura takes a different approach. Heavily plasticised PVC materials were developed in the 1960s and viewed as the future product; cheap to produce, easy to mould and possess an initial level of tack.
From the 1980s onwards, research soon highlighted high-level health risks, so much so that a PVC phthalate ban is in place for use in hot food containers, children’s toys, and objects that are likely to enter a child’s mouth, for instance, a milk bottle. The EU, the US Federal Government, and especially the states of California and Oregon have progressively legislated against the use of phthalates. When we created the Tenura range of daily living aids, non-slip bottle & jar openers, non-slip placemats, and cup holders, we wanted to use modern, safe, environmentally-friendly materials. Silicone is a green material that produces products with similar qualities without the use of any phthalates.
For more information, you can contact Tenura by phone or by filling out the contact us form on the website.
Rehacare has come around once again!
Tenura is very excited to be attending again and cannot wait to show the new variations we have developed from our product range. Come and see Tenura at Booth 3/ A70/I.
Held in Dusseldorf, Germany, Rehacare brings many companies and professionals together who have many years experience in the mobility and rehabilitation industry, making it a perfect place to exhibit at for all whose businesses and lives are centralised around rehabilitation and assisted living. This year, Tenura will be bringing a whole new variation of daily living aids to showcase and show to friends, colleagues and the general public. We look forward to hear your opinions on these changes to our range, as well as introducing the long standing products to new faces.
Tenura greatly enjoys attending the Rehacare exhibition as it helps us to reach out to many of the companies and people in this community, answering any questions they may have. It’s great for forming strong friendships, business opportunities, and of course meeting up with old friends. We see new innovations constantly being developed in this ever active industry.
The Rehacare exhibition located at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany and will be running from 28th September – 1st October 2016. Please visit us at Tenura - Booth 3/ A70/I.
The AT-AAC conference is upon us!
The AT-AAC conference is a two day event between the 1st and 2nd of September where the leading experts and users of assistive technologies and communication methods come together to share their knowledge and experiences with you. This conference is held in high regard and can be very useful for those seeking advice or help in daily tasks which may be made harder by physical impairments or diseases, making this a great opportunity for businesses and people alike to reach out and make connections, or learn about the new and innovative technologies constantly being developed to help those who are not able bodied. The conference starts at 9am on the 1st till 10pm, then 9am till 5pm on the 2nd.
Over the two days of this conference, there will be a 16 speakers from around the world, all experts and users of these assistive technologies and AAC will be sharing their knowledge and experience to help provide an insight into their daily lives, the technologies which may work for their conditions and many other topics designed to help and educate those attending. Although this Conference is located in Kršnjavoga 1, Zagreb, Croatia, there will be translations provided, meaning anyone can attend!
Throughout the AT-AAC conference, you will get the chance to try out and sample different aids for people with disabilities or impairments. The variety of products range from assistive technologies for computers , augmentative enhancements and alternative communication methods allowing those who attend to really get an understanding of the technology currently out there and any advancements that are currently being made. Along with the ability to sample technologies, various institutions and organisations from around Europe will be presenting their work with the disabled, and physically impaired. At this conference you will be able to find many of Tenura’s materials and Daily Living Aids to give the general public “hands on” experience with the products and seeing the ways in which they can help during day to day tasks. Please let us know what you think of them, we love to hear some feedback from visitors!
For any further questions or queries about the AT-AAC conference, please speak to Miroslav Vrankic, He is the managing director of E-Glas d.o.o. and will be speaking at the conference.
The long awaited Naidex Exhibition is upon us again, and we cannot wait for it to start!
The Naidex expo, Held at the NEC, Birmingham on the 26th-28th of April, is the UK’s largest disability, rehabilitation and homecare event with many different companies and people attending. This is always a great exhibition to attend, and we cannot wait to get setup.
This year, we will be exhibiting our range of daily living aids at the Naidex exhibition, to give out to the general public and share information about the brands! We at Tenura also love making new connections with exhibitors and attendees, to hear about the many interesting innovations this area often has. Tenura’s representatives, Chris and Stuart, will be at Stand – C20 throughout the exhibition, please don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello!
We have a feeling this years exhibition will be very useful and fun to attend! To keep up with us all the way, make sure to follow our social media on Facebook & Twitter. These will be regularly updated with photos of how the expo is going!