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

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

Most people want to stay living in their own home for as long as possible. One of the most important steps in achieving this is making the home safer and easier to navigate, and daily tasks easier to complete. This page will guide you through Suffolk services for safer independent living.

Elderly man assistance in home through support

Maintaining independence for as long as possible is very important, not only for your parent’s comfort, but to ease your role as a carer.

To find out about the equipment that might be useful for your elderly relative we recommend using AskSARA – a website that asks you questions about aspects of daily life you find challenging and recommends specialist equipment based on your answers.

Alternatively you can use Living Made Easy to search for independent living equipment. You may also be suggested some equipment from a care assessment. Age Space also has a great guide on fall prevention in the elderly and how to get Home Adaptations in Suffolk.

Assistive technology could also be a good option for your elderly relative. Amazon’s Alexa and Google Homes can make technology more accessible as they are operated by just asking vocally. Suffolk County Council has a page on assistive technology for you to read through.

Mobility Stores Across Suffolk for Daily Living Aids

If mobility is a problem for your relative, it is worth looking into personal mobility vehicles and mobility aids, to help them to live safer independently. Here we list some mobility stores spread across Suffolk, but there may be one closer to you. You can use Suffolk County Council’s Infolink to search for mobility stores in your area.

Shopmobility

Elderly lady enjoying ride on a stairlift helping to live safer independently

Shopmobility is a mobility equipment hire service that operates across Suffolk in:

Click on the area most relevant to you.
The prices differ from location to location, the service in Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft requires you to be a paid member, whereas the service is free in Haverhill, Ipswich, and Newmarket.

Bury St Edmunds

Ashdown Mobility, IP33 3AA

A family-run service providing mobility equipment and daily living aids. They are able to deliver to most post-codes across East Anglia.

Telephone: 01284 717169
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TMS Mobility, IP32 7BE

If you would prefer not to hire mobility equipment from Shopmobility, TMS Mobility has a showroom of Mobility Scooters and other mobility solutions.

Telephone: 01284 700768
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Ipswich

Felgains, IP1 4JJ

Felgains has a variety of care equipment and independent living products available to view online and in their Ipswich based showroom. They are able to give advice in person and over the phone.

Telephone: 01473 741144
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Stowmarket

NBR Scooter Brokers, IP14 5AH

A showroom of scooters and mobility equipment.

Telephone: 01449 763560
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Sudbury

TGA Mobility Suffolk, CO10 1WH

Showroom that can also offer comprehensive home assessments and friendly advice.

Telephone: 01787 383420
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Thetford

Forest Mobility, IP24 1HU

Online and showroom with an extensive range of products for mobility and daily living aids. You are able to order products online through their website.

Telephone: 01842 766 087
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Free Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service Home Safety Visits

Checking fire alarm for elderly fire safety and safer independent living

A “Safer Home” visit is free and is very important for safer independent living if the person you care for plans to stay at home. A member of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will come to their house and help and advise on a variety of fire safety aspects:

  • Provide and install free smoke alarms
  • Advise on how to make a fire escape plan
  • Give advice on general fire safety, how to spot potential hazards, and answer any questions you or your relative may have on fire safety.

You can check if your relative is eligible for a home visit and organise the visit.

If you have any questions about safer home visits you can ask through:

Telephone: 01473 260588
Email: fire.businesssupport@suffolk.gov.uk

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