Most people want to live in their own home, independently, for as long as they are able to. This can become increasingly difficult for older people – creating stress for themselves and their carers about their health and safety at home.
Fortunately, there are lots of steps that can be taken to make the homes of older people safer.
One of the most important things you can do is take action to prevent your relative from falling at home. There are plenty of mobility aids you can buy that can reduce the chance of falls, as well as making adaptations for the home. You may also want to read our Top Tips on Preventing Falls.
If you are considering larger home adaptations, or would like to know more about how the council may be able to fund home improvements for your elderly relative, look at Age Space’s guide to Home Adaptations for the Elderly in Essex.
Mobility Stores Across Essex for Daily Living Aids
CareCo is a one of the UK’s biggest mobility stores. It operates nationwide and has a showroom in Brentwood. On the CareCo website you will find an impressive range of mobility products that you can browse through online, as well as the opportunity to request a free brochure that will be sent to you or your relative’s house.
Visit Brentwood Website
Telephone: 01277 237037
Address: Hubert Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4JE
Ableworld stock a large variety of personal, mobility and household living aids. They are based in Colchester but pride themselves on serving the 30 miles around Colchester, including Braintee, Broomfield and Maldon. You can browse their products on the Ableworld Website, although some items require an assessment for which you will need to contact them to arrange.
Visit Ableworld Website
Telephone: 01206 561335
Address: 5 The Stanway Centre, Peartree Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0JX
Lifestyle and Mobility
Lifestyle and Mobility stock hundreds of mobility products and aids to make life easier for older people or people with restricted mobility. They have branches you can visit in both Basildon and Southend, or you can browse through their Online Product List.
Visit Lifestyle and Mobility Website
Basildon Telephone: 01268 520233
Basildon Address: 45-49 Market Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DE
Southend Telephone: 01702 417088
Southend Address: The Victoria Shopping Centre, Chartwell Square, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 5SP
Harlow Mobility, based in Harlow, have an extensive range of mobility products and aids including wheelchairs, chairlifts and ramps. You can search through their Online Catalogue, or speak to their dedicated team of professionals in-store.
Visit Harlow Mobility Website
Telephone: 01279 420600
Address: Unit 67 and 68, Harvey Centre, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1XR
Essex Mobility Centre
The Essex Mobility Centre has one of the largest range of mobility product stocks in Essex, with a good range of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, stair lifts, chairs, walking and bathing aids. You can visit their store in Westcliff or peruse their products on the Essex Mobility Centre Website.
Visit Essex Mobility Centre Website
Telephone: 01702 300790
Address: 134-136 Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff, Essex, SS0 0RJ
Assistive Technology in Essex
There now exists all sorts of assistive technology to help elderly people to live safely in their home. These gadgets and devices can also help to ease the worries of their carers and loved ones.
One of the most popular types of assistive technology is Telecare. Telecare refers to alarms and sensors that can be fitted around your relative’s house, and will alert you of anything unusual that you may want to check up on, such as being out of bed for an extended period of time.
Most local councils in Essex help to provide Telecare services, with the exception of Basildon Council, Castle Point Borough Council and Rochford District Council. Use the links below to contact your relative’s local council and discuss why you think you would benefit from their Telecare services:
- Braintree District Council
- Brentwood Borough Council
- Chelmsford City Council
- Colchester Borough Council
- Epping Forest District Council
- Harlow Council
- Tendring District Council
- Uttlesford District Council
Free Essex Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits
The Essex Fire and Rescue Service offers free ‘Safe-and-Well’ visits to all residents of Essex. On these visits uniformed officers will visit your relative’s home to offer advice, answer questions, and make suggestions on how to protect their home from fires. They will also fit a smoke alarm free of charge, if they do not already have one.
To arrange one of these home visits for your relative, you can call the Essex Fire team on 0300 303 0088, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out an Online Form. It is important to get express consent from the person who will be visited if you are requesting a home visit on somebody else’s behalf.
You may also be interested in Essex Fire’s Top Ten Tips for keeping homes safe from fire.