Specialised Smoke Alarms for the hard of hearing

27 May 2020 – With winter upon us and heaters and fires blazing, it’s an appropriate time to share some information about specialised smoke alarms for the hard of hearing. All conventional smoke alarms in NZ emit a high pitched sound which can be difficult for people with age or noise related hearing loss to…

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Pitfalls to self-isolation when you cannot hear

You might be in self-isolation, but you are not alone! In the last few weeks we have seen COVID-19 reach pandemic levels. New Zealand is in lockdown and, apart from essential services, we are all staying at home in our bubbles. During this time, we don’t want people with hearing loss to feel unsupported. You…

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Life Unlimited responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and wellbeing of our clients, customers, families, whānau and our staff is now, more than ever, a key priority for us in our communities. We want to let you know what Life Unlimited, Altogether Autism, Mobility Centre and Hearing Therapy, are doing in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognise that some of our…

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Safety concerns for mobility scooter users

The ever increasing number of mobility scooters and power chairs now on footpaths do provide independence for the users but Waikato charitable trust Life Unlimited is concerned some people using them are doing so unsafely.

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The gift of music benefits Robert’s protegés

8 July 2019 – Robert Mullen of Hamilton is a music teacher with a gift which sets him apart from other musicians. He knows how to bring out the best in students with learning or intellectual disabilities so much so that many of his protegés have arguably become better than their master. He has helped…

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Would you hear your smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are essential for home safety but, for the one in six New Zealanders who live with a hearing loss, there’s a risk they cannot hear ordinary smoke alarms. That’s why it’s not only important to check that smoke alarms are working, it’s also important to ensure you can hear them as well, says…

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Information for people who have experienced a stroke

According to the New Zealand Stroke Foundation, over 9000 kiwis experience a stroke each year – that’s 24 people every day. Strokes often occur without warning, and the impacts can last a lifetime. A stroke is caused by a sudden interruption of blood flow to part of the brain, and can commonly result in hemiparesis…

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How not to retire gracefully

After 30 happy, satisfying, years of teaching Lindsay Harvey of Tauranga called it a day at the end of her 65th year. But she wasn’t about to age gracefully. Retirement from the classroom meant it was time for me to move on to other activities and I had the “4 Ts” embedded in my mind.…

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Tinihua becomes Life Unlimited’s valuable community connector

A passion for the disability sector coupled with 32 years’ experience in the field means the appointment of Tinihua Nassar to the role of information advisor at Life Unlimited Charitable Trust has opened up many opportunities for the community, says Life Unlimited Community manager April Johnson. Tinihua started in the role in May and has…

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