Extending the time that the person you care for is able to live independently in their own home can not only help them to live happily and comfortably, but also ease your role as a carer. The information on this page will help you to navigate your options for making it safer for your elderly relatives to live at home in Kent.
There are are variety of shops, products and services that exist to help to ensure that older people are as safe as possible in their homes, and make the tasks of their daily lives easier. One of the most important aims is to prevent falls – you can find more advice from our page on Preventing Falls.
Kent County Council work with the NHS to provide equipment and home adaptations for older people to live independently in their homes for longer. You can find out more from Age Space’s guide to Home Adaptations for the Elderly in Kent.
For those ineligible for social care, there is the Kent Safe and Well service. On their website you can take a free questionnaire to help you choose the right living aid, organise a phone consultation or request a product demonstration. You can contact them on 01622 235315 to discuss their services.
Mobility Stores Across Kent for Daily Living Aids
There are specialist mobility stores throughout Kent which provide products that can help older to navigate their daily lives. Below you can find some of the mobility stores that operate within Kent, as well as information about their services.
Kent Mobility is a family-run, family-owned business in West Kent, based in Tonbridge. As well as their mobility products, they offer full consultation and home installation services.
Telephone: 01732 770998
Safe Hands Mobility
Safe Hands Mobility are a family business that have branches in Folkestone and Thanet. They offer mobility aids and products, as well as Servicing and Home Visits.
Folkestone Branch Telephone: 01303 274 574
Thanet Branch Telephone: 01843 848 208
Ability Plus Mobility
Ability Plus offer a wide range of different products including scooters, wheelchairs, stairlift installation and a variety of walking aids. They have branches in Dartford, Herne Bay, Sheerness, Broadstairs and Gillingham.
Telephone: 0800 046 1647
CareCo are a nationwide mobility store, with Kent showrooms in Canterbury and Maidstone. Their website also offers an extensive range of products that you can browse online, or the opportunity to request a free brochure.
Visit Canterbury Website
Canterbury Telephone: 01227 451870
Visit Maidstone Website
Maidstone Telephone: 01622 672672
Free Kent Fire and Rescue Service Home Safety Visits
Kent Fire and Rescue Service offer free Safe and Well home visits for people living in Kent and Medway. They can provide help with:
- Testing, fitting and relocating smoke alarms
- Identifying potential fire hazards
- Planning escape routes in case of fire
To request a home visit from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, you can contact them by phone, email, or through filling out this online form. If requesting a visit for someone else, they advise that you speak to the person in question first, to confirm they are happy to receive a visit.
Telephone: 0800 923 7000
Kent Fire and Rescue Service provide more top tips and detailed advice on fire safety for older people on Kent Fire and Rescue Service website.