Making It Safer for Elderly Relatives To Live Independently at Home in Hampshire

Making It Safer for Elderly Relatives To Live Independently at Home in Hampshire

A person’s home represents familiar comforts, self-sufficiency and privacy. For many elderly people, it is important to live independently for as long as possible and across Hampshire, there are a variety of products and initiatives available to ensure the elderly can remain safe within their own homes.

Before you are provided with, or purchase, any equipment, it is worth getting advice to make sure you get hold of the best equipment available to meet your needs. You may also be eligible for VAT relief on devices and services that specifically help you cope to live with a disability or long-term condition.

Another way of helping your elderly relative to maintain their independence at home is to find a suitable home care provider for them. You can take a look at our own Home Care Directory for Hampshire for all available options in the county.

Find a Helper to help around the house with Good Life Sorted.

Good Life Sorted will introduce you to a local Helper to take on any tasks you might need help with from companionship to cooking, from light cleaning to running errands.

Mobility Stores Across Hampshire for Daily Living Aids

Across Hampshire, there are specialised stores offering mobility equipment to make daily activities in the home, such as climbing the stairs, having a wash or getting in and out of bed, easier.

Hampshire Mobility Services

Hampshire mobility services assistance in the home

Hampshire Mobility Services provide a comprehensive range of mobility products across Hampshire. They offer free home visit consultations to discuss options and offer a no-obligation quote.

The experienced team can install, maintain and repair appropriate equipment to ensure a safe and long-lasting living environment. Mobility equipment available includes stairlifts, rise and recline chairs and hoists.

Island Mobility

Island Mobility are independent specialists in mobility equipment serving the community on the Isle of Wight. They provide all kinds of equipment to help around the home, including their most popular mobility scooters and stair lifts. Their range also extends to riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds. They are conveniently located next to the major NHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

Assistive Technology

Family carer accessing care technology Hampshire has paved the way for the national use of assistive technology to improve care services. The approach has proved hugely successful, with the council able to make many new care referrals each week based on an assessment of how technology can help.

The county council works in partnership with care technology provider Argenti. To speak to a specialist advisor at Argenti and discuss ways in which care technology may be able to help; call 01962 670721 or email [email protected]. They aim to deliver care technology services to people assessed by the Council as having an ‘eligible need’ for social care, including:

  • Concerned relative with older parents.
  • Family carer who cares for someone at home.
  • Older person who lives in their own home, is relatively fit, but is looking for reassurance in case of incidents.

Below are certain initiatives that have proved successful for residents in Hampshire:

  • Voice Assistant
  • Body Alarms
  • Video Conferencing on Tablets

Contact Details

Please find the organisation in your area to contact for more information on assistive technology and how to make a referral.

Isle of Wight

Free Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Testing Alarm Service The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service recommend that you have at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home. Ideally, you should have one fitted in every room aside from your kitchen and bathroom. It is really important that you regularly check that the batteries in your smoke alarms are working correctly. You should help your relative put an emergency escape plan in place for the event of a fire, so that they can get out of the house and call the fire brigade as quickly and as safely as possible. This is particularly important if your relative is disabled, or has impaired sight.

If you are hard of hearing, or are a heavy sleeper, you should consider having a strobe light or vibrating pad smoke alarm installed. Contact Action on Hearing Loss information line on 0808 808 0123.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue service offer home safety visits to assess risks in the home and give advice. Complete the Safe and Well assessment on their website or telephone the Community Safety team on 023 8062 6751 to arrange a visit.

The Government has produced leaflets on fire safety for people with sight, hearing or mobility difficulties. Following advice in these leaflets will help you ensure your loved one is safe in their home, particularly if they want to live independently.