Making it Safer for Elderly Relatives to Live Independently at Home in Cambridgeshire

Making it Safer for Elderly Relatives to Live Independently at Home in Cambridgeshire

Safer Independent Living in Cambridgeshire

Before considering moving and other independent living options, there are steps that an elderly person and their family can take to make their home a safer place to live whilst maintaining independence.

There are plenty of resources to make use of in Cambridgeshire to strive for safer independent living that we’ve outlined for you here, including Council help, technological aids, mobility support and more.

Visit Age Space’s guide for advice in accessing funding for home adaptations in Cambridgeshire.

Finding a suitable home care provider can also be a great way of supporting your relative to keep living independently at home for as along as possible. You can visit Age Space’s Home Care Directory for Cambridgeshire to look for options across the county.

Support Services in Cambridgeshire for Safer Independent Living

Fall Prevention

One of the leading causes of injury among the elderly is falling, which is why fall prevention is something Cambridgeshire’s health and social care services are targeting.

Be Well

Be Well Cambridgeshire has taken on the challenge of decreasing falls across the county. They do this by putting on in-person and virtual exercise classes that aim to increase strength and balance, among many other things. To access these opportunities and find out more information, take a look at the Be Well Website.

Healthy You

Healthy You is a free service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents who are looking to make changes to their lifestyle. They aim to help in all aspects of health, fitness and wellbeing, with programmes that are proven to have long term benefits. This includes improving on strength and having an active lifestyle to prevent falls happening.

For more information on fall prevention or to access their free programmes, get in touch on 0333 005 0093.

Council Help at Home

Getting Help With Bins

Those who need help with taking out their bins can request it from their local district council. Follow the links below for more information (Peterborough do not offer a similar service).

Peterborough City Council

Residents in Peterborough can also access the Home Services Delivery Team, a multi-skilled team that can help with anything in your home. This service provides vetted professionals, including handy people, to help with odd jobs around the home.

Find out more on Peterborough City Council’s Handyperson Scheme.

Safe and Well Support Cambridgeshire

Safe and Well Support is a NRS Healthcare partner that works with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide information and advice for staying safe at home. They have lots of guides on daily living aids and assistive technology on their website, where you can also complete a questionnaire to determine which daily living aids might benefit your elderly relative.

You can also call them to get in touch with an occupational therapist at 01480 415719, or fill in their Contact Form.

Enhanced Response Service (ERS)

The Enhanced Response Service (ERS) is a non-emergency, assistance-response service that operates 24/7 to provide social care assistance within a target response time of 60 minutes.

Some examples of when the ERS might help in response to a community alarm might be to help someone up after a fall, provide urgent and unplanned personal care or just simple reassurance following an incident at home.

The ERS respond when usual key-holders, or care givers are unable to complete the care that is needed.

Contact the ERS team at [email protected] for more information.

The Bobby Scheme

The Bobby Scheme Cambridgeshire - Home Security

The Bobby Scheme was set up by the Cambridgeshire Police Trust to help the most elderly and vulnerable members of their communities to feel safer at home by improving home security.

The service includes fitting door chains or alarms and advising on other security features. It is free to use for those over 60 years old who have been victims of burglary.

Although the service is free, they ask that people they support provide a small donation to help towards their running costs.

Mobility Stores in Cambridgeshire

If your elderly relative is struggling with mobility problems, they may be recommended mobility equipment by a GP or the Safe and Well Website. We have listed some mobility stores across Cambridgeshire below where you are able to buy such equipment.

If you already have a wheelchair and need some maintenance or repair work, AJM Healthcare is able to assist with these services:

NRS Healthcare

You can browse mobility aid products and order them online at NRS Healthcare’s Website.

Mobility Stores

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

Orchard Mobility: Orchard Mobility Centre, Scotsdale Garden Centre, High Street, Horningsea, CB25 9JG

Cambridge MobilityCambridge Mobility Ltd, Unit 11, South Cambridge Business Park, Babraham Road, Sawston, CB22 3JH

East Cambridgeshire

Fen Mobility in Ely: Unit 50, Wellington Road, Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely, CB6 3NW

Fenland

Mobility Shop in March: 2 Marina Drive, March, PE15 0AU

Wisbech Mobility: Fenland House, Cattle Market Chase, Wisbech, PE13 1RD

Huntingdonshire

Anglia Healthcare Mobility Huntingdon: 5A & 5 Cirrus Court, Glebe Road, Huntingdon, PE29 7DL

Mobility Centre St. Neots: The Mobility Centre Limited, 13a Steel Close, Eaton Socon, St Neots, PE19 8TT

Peterborough

The Mobility Aids Centre: 88 South St, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8EZ

Assistive Technology in Cambridgeshire

Assistive Technology for safer independent living in Cambridgeshire

Assistive Technology can be a great aid in helping to ease independent living and take some of the worry about letting older members of the family live alone.

A great place to start for advice in Cambridgeshire is the County Council’s website.

You should also check out Age Space’s Guides on messaging and video calling (WhatsApp, Skype, Houseparty) to help get elderly relatives set up.

Community Alarms

Community Alarms (or Life Lines) are alarms that are usually kept on the person of the elderly or vulnerable person. When pressed, they will alert a 24/7 helpline that connects to a speaker system in the person’s house where help can be organised.

Residents in Cambridgeshire are able to access this service from Care Line Cambridgeshire, among other providers listed on Cambridge City Council’s website here.

Free Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits

Fire Alarm Installation - Free Fire Safety Visits in CambridgeshireSafe and Well Visits are provided for free by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue service to provide information and advice on fire safety within the home. These visits are especially important to the elderly and vulnerable who might not be able to check their fire alarms frequently, or be unaware of some of the risks with electrical equipment.

The service is also able to provide free fire and smoke alarms if necessary.

Apply for a Safe and Well Visit on the website and contact the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services Headquarters on 01480 444 500 for more information.