Useful links

Useful links

Included here are links to organisations and forums for further advice and information on sleeping, beds and incontinence. Click on the links to open the webpages in a new browser.

Age UK:
Local Age UK (previously Age Concern & Help the Aged) charities offer a wide range of activities and services. Dependent on the size and local need, the sort of services your local Age UK might offer includes the following: information and advice; activities outside the home; emotional and social support and home; and personal care. By using the search function, you can find your local Age UK.

AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. By answering AskSARA's questions about yourself and your environment, you will get advice about ways to make your life easier, details of products that might help you and details of where you can obtain them.

BackCare, The Charity for Healthier Backs:
BackCare is an independent national charity that helps people manage and prevent back pain through providing information and funding research into the causes and management of back pain.

Bladder and Bowel Foundation:
Formerly Incontact and the Continence Foundation, the Bladder and Bowel Foundation is a UK charity providing information and support for people with bladder and bowel disorders, their carers, families and healthcare professionals.

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA):
The BHTA is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare association. Its membership consists of some 350 companies (both large and small) from across the many non-pharmaceutical sectors of the healthcare industry. The BHTA is closely involved with developing industry and product standards, maintaining and improving on product choice, quality and, above all, safety. Of particular note is the BHTA's Code of Practice, which sets out the standards its members must meet and the work alongside this to identify best practice, eliminate "cowboy" behaviour and to ensure that member businesses are ones that members of the public can trust to give good service.

The College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (previously known as OTIP):
If you are looking for a private practice Occupational Therapist to give you independent advice or to provide private treatment, you can search the online directory which lists members throughout the country.

The Disabled Living Foundation's factsheets:
The DLF's free, impartial factsheets provide general advice on topics such as features to look for when choosing items of equipment. For example, there a factsheets on choosing a bath and bath accessories; choosing a shower and shower accessories; and choosing and fitting grab rails.

ERIC: Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence:
ERIC provides information and support on childhood bed wetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling to children, young people, parents and professionals.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

National Bed Federation:
The National Bed Federation is the recognised trade association representing UK manufacturers of beds and mattresses and their suppliers.

New Abstracts and Papers in Sleep (NAPS):
NAPS is a free service that sends a weekly E-mail alert of new information in the sleep field. Subscribers to NAPS receive in this alert, information relating to their specific areas of interest. NAPS Archives contains all sleep and sleep-related papers for the current year. A search engine is available for searching by author, category, or keyword.

The Sleep Council:
The Sleep Council is a generic body that aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night's sleep to health and well being. They provide helpful advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality and advice on how to choose the right bed for optimum sleeping comfort.

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