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 while maintaining independence.

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

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

Support Services in Cambridgeshire for Safer Independent Living

Fall Prevention

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

Be Well Cambridgeshire has taken on the challenge of decreasing falls and increasing strength and balance with a ton of information, video exercise classes and more on the Be Well Website.

For more information on fall prevention you can contact Everyone Health at 0333 005 0093.

Council Help at Home

Getting Help with Bins

Those who need help to take out their bins can get help 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 includes a Handyperson service. This service provides vetted professionals to help with the odd jobs at 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, assistive technology on their website, where you can 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 0140 415 719.

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 response when usual key-holders, suitable people, or usual care holder is unable to complete the care that is needed.

Contact the ERS team at enhanced.responseservices@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

The Bobby Scheme

The Bobby Scheme Cambridgeshire - Home Security

The Bobby Scheme was set up by 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, alarms and can advise on other security features, and is free for those over 60 years old who have been victims of burglary. They ask that other people they support provide a small donation to help towards their running costs.

Email: info@thebobbyscheme.org
Telephone: 01480 413 311 or 07866 602 100

Mobility Stores in Cambridgeshire

If your elderly relative is struggling with mobility problems, maybe they have been recommended mobility equipment from a GP or the Safe and Well Website, we have listed some mobility stores across Cambridgeshire to buy such equipment.

If you already have a wheelchair and need some maintenance or repair work, AJM Healthcare can help with such services:

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

Mobility Stores:

Assistive Technology in Cambridgeshire

Assistive Technology for safer independent living in Cambridgeshire

Assistive Technology can be a great aid to elderly people and to their carers, to help ease independent living and take some of the worry about letting the older members of your family live alone.

A great place to start for advice in Cambridgeshire is the county council website.

You should also check out Age Space’s Guides on 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 that when pressed alerts a 24/7 helpline that connects to a speaker system in the person’s house where help can be organised.

Those in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City can access Community Alarms through their councils’ websites, however, those living across the rest of Cambridgeshire should look into other organisations that provide a similar service like Care Line Cambridgeshire.

Free Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits

Fire Alarm Installation - Free Fire Safety Visits in Cambridgeshire

Safe 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 as frequently or be aware 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.

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