A person’s home represents familiar comforts, self-sufficiency and privacy, and for many elderly people it is important to live independently for as long as possible. 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 the best equipment available to meet your needs. You may be eligible for VAT relief on devices and services that specifically help you cope to live with a disability or long-term condition.
Mobility Stores Across Hampshire for Daily Living Aids
Across Hampshire, there are specialised stores offering mobility equipment to make daily activities in the home, e.g. climbing the stairs, having a wash, getting in and out of bed, easier.
Hampshire Mobility Services
Hampshire Mobility Services provides 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 ensuring a safe and long-lasting living environment. Mobility equipment available includes stair lifts, rise and recline chairs, hoists.
Telephone: 01794 339730
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 the 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.
Telephone: 01983 530000
Hampshire has paved the way nationally, in using assistive technology to improve care services. The approach has proved hugely successful – the council are able to make 100 new care referrals a 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 0345 265 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, are relatively fit but are 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
Please find the organisation in your area to contact for more information on assistive technology and how to make a referral.
Hampshire – Hampshire County Council
Telephone: 0300 555 1390
Portsmouth – Portsmouth City Council
Telephone: 023 9268 0810
Southampton – Carers in Southampton
Telephone: 023 8058 2387
Isle of Wight – Wightcare
Telephone: 01983 821105
Free Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits
Hampshire 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 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 a heavy sleeper, you should consider having a strobe light or vibrating pad smoke alarms installed. Contact Action on Hearing Loss information line on 0808 808 0123 or telephone 0808 808 9000.
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.