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co-operative Xest becomes the latest addition to DLF's growing band of supporters

23rd April 2009

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is pleased to announce co-operative Xest as the latest company to come on board as a sponsor of its groundbreaking new website ‘Living made easy’ (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk). Co-operative Xest joins the ever-growing group of companies who have come together to support DLF’s vision of releasing its unique advice and information onto the internet free-of-charge for the public benefit.

As part of their partnership DLF has also developed a customised version of its award-winning online tool AskSARA for co-operative Xest, to help their customers find suitable products from their extensive range while at the same time obtaining the best possible advice from DLF’s team of occupational therapists. For their part, co-operative Xest were able to share with DLF the outcome of useability studies to help improve the overall ease of use of AskSARA.

Chris Shaw, DLF’s Chief Executive, says “We are delighted to be working with a company with the co-operative values of co-operative Xest. Our aim as a charity is to ensure that people receive appropriate support to help them make the right decisions about products that can help them in their daily lives. By working with companies like co-operative Xest we can help them provide invaluable impartial advice to their customers ”

Andrea Dipple, co-operative Xest Managing Director, says ”Working with DLF is very beneficial for our customers. If they are unsure of the products that may help by visiting our website www.co-opXest.com they can access impartial advice from occupational therapists and product suggestions. We are very pleased to be working with DLF”

The full list of companies supporting ‘Living made easy’ includes Home Retail Group, B&Q, Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Tunstall, Arjo, Mangar International, Mountway, Kingkraft, AKW MediCare, Theraposture, Stannah Stairlifts, Kirton Healthcare, Days Healthcare, Hill-rom and Centromed UK.

Further information and images

Please contact Hugh Dobie, Marketing Officer, Disabled Living Foundation on tel 020 7289 6111 ext 211 or email hugh.dobie@dlf.org.uk

Notes for editors

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.



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