Services to the Community Marketplace Days

Careline Community Services, Care & Repair and LILY will be attending the ‘Community Marketplace’ events at local libraries throughout West Norfolk over the next few weeks.

Come along and see us on;

Tuesday 25th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm at King’s Lynn Library

Thursday 27th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm at Dersingham Library

Friday 28th April, 10.00am – 2.00pm at Downham Market Library

Friday 12th May, 10.00am – 1.00pm at Hunstanton

 

LILY advisors visit community events

The popular LILY (Living Independently in Later Years) Advisors have now been out in the community for six months.

They have been having regular stands in all the libraries locally and have been out and about giving talks and taking information out all over West Norfolk and Swaffham.

They hold regular sessions in GP surgeries and hospitals and will also be having information stands in Alive Leisure Centres.

The 29 advisors are from four local charities; West Norfolk Befriending, West Norfolk Carers, West Norfolk Deaf Association and West Norfolk Mind and have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

They are also available for home visits to help older people, their families, friends and carers to find information, local organisations and social activities, using mobile technology.

Details of where the advisors will be can be found in the ‘LILY in your community’ section of the LILY online directory.

LILY Advisor, Lorraine, from West Norfolk Deaf Association, said “People often say they are not old enough for LILY but when they see the wide range of information and all the social activities on the online directory they soon change their mind! They don’t realise what support is available for them and they love that they can talk to us face to face.”

The LILY online directory includes information on health, money matters, looking after someone, volunteering, dementia guidance and help for older people to continue living safely and independently in their own home.

To request a LILY Advisor to give a talk at a group, or to find out more about LILY, please call 01553 616200. The online directory can be found at www.asklily.org.uk  

 

 

Come along and see us at Alive Lynnsport and Alive Oasis

Careline Community Service, Care and Repair and LILY (Living Independently in Later Years) will be present at Alive Lynnsport and Alive Oasis over the coming months. Come along to find out more about what these services can offer and talk to one of our friendly team about what they can do for you, your friends, neighbours or loved ones. Lily Advisors will be present with IPads and can show you how to find out more about clubs, groups and activities available in your local area.

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Monday 3rd April from 8.30am – 12.30pm – LILY

Thursday 20th April from 8.30am – 12.30pm – Careline Community Services and Care and Repair

Wednesday 3rd May from 9.00am – 12.00pm – Careline Community Services and Care and Repair

Wednesday 24th May from 9.00am – 12.00pm – LILY

 

Alive Oasis –  Alive Bites Cafe;      Gayton Road Health Clinic Norfolk Carers Week

Monday 27th March from 8.30am – 12.30pm – LILY

Tuesday 4th April from 8.30am – 12.00pm – Careline Community Services and Care and Repair

Thursday 20th April from 8.30am – 12.30pm – LILY

Tuesday 2nd May from 8.30am – 12.00pm – LILY

Monday 8th May from 8.30am – 12.30pm – Careline Community Services and Care and Repair

 

If you would like more information on any of these services please visit www.careline-cs.org.uk, www.careandrepair-wn.org, or www.asklily.org.uk or contact us on 01553 616200.

 

 

 

 

 

LILY heads out into the community

The popular LILY (Living Independently in Later Years) initiative has been extended with the addition of Lily Advisors who will attend events and activities in the local community to provide advice and information, and the introduction of dementia-friendly home assessments.

Cllr Adrian Lawrence, borough council cabinet member for Housing and Community, explained: “LILY was designed to make it much easier for older people, their families, friends and carers to access information about services, advice, activities and events that will help them to continue to live safely and independently in their own home for longer.

“When the project began this was through the online directory asklily.org.uk or by calling 01553 616200.”

The LILY Online Directory brings together over 1000 services, activities and events – including information and advice on money matters, social activities, health, transport and more, making it easy for people to find the contacts and information they need.

It also includes sections for a local ‘What’s On’ guide, local news page, NHS Choices information and the site can be searched by category, key words, location or via the sites pre-populated quick links.

Cllr Lawrence continued: “Now we have extended the initiative further so that we have advisors who are available to attend events such as luncheon clubs, neighbourhood meetings, social or community group events, to talk about the LILY initiative and how it can help. They will have mobile technology so that they can show people how to find their way around the online directory to access the support, advice and information that they need.”

The events/locations that the LILY advisers will be attending can be found on the ‘News’ page of the LILY Online Directory.

Another addition to the LILY project is the funding dementia-friendly home assessments. These assessment will recommend minor adjustments or the introduction of certain measures to enable people with dementia to stay safely in their own home for longer.

Measures that could be considered include signage or colour differentiation for those who suffer with memory loss and are visually impaired, installation of a Careline personal alarm, improved lighting arrangements, smoke detectors and easy-to-use taps along with recommendations for other adaptations that may reduce any potential risk to the resident.

To request a Dementia Friendly Home Assessment please call 01553 760671.

For information about LILY visit asklily.org.uk

Local home improvement agency offers support with keeping warm this winter

For anyone concerned about keeping themselves and their home warm this winter, Careline Community Service and Care & Repair can help.

Careline Community Service and Care & Repair, part of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, are advising local residents to prepare their heating systems now, for the coming winter. Small measures, such as bleeding radiators or installing door brushes can help improve energy efficiency in the home. Careline Community Service offer free home assessments to see if improvements like this can be made. And if major repairs, or a whole new heating or hot water system, are needed, Care & Repair offer a reliable and friendly service.

A reliable and efficient heating system can cut fuel bills. In the UK one-in-ten pensioners is in fuel poverty, this means they cannot afford to heat their homes. Living in a cold environment can affect people’s health, especially if they are already vulnerable due to your age, illness or disability. It’s thought that around 10% of excess winter deaths are caused by fuel poverty. So it’s important to check heating systems now, before the colder weather begins, and make sure they’re as reliable and cost-efficient as possible.

For lower level works contact Careline Community Service on 01553 760671 to arrange a free comprehensive home assessment.

For substantial repairs or a new heating system contact Care and Repair on 01553 616677.

They offer simple and effective solutions, the cost of which may be covered by a grant (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).

For more information please visit www.careline-cs.org.uk and www.careandrepair-wn.org

 

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Come and see us at Swaffham’s Health Roadshow

Careline Community Service and Ask Lily will be exhibiting at this years Health Roadshow, at The Assembly Rooms, Swaffham on Wednesday 11th May from 10am – 2pm. 

Why not call in for a coffee, and find out about the services available in the Swaffham area. There will be lots of organisations available on the day offering advice, support and further information. These include the following;

IC24; WN CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP; FAMILY ACTION; LIVING WELL; ACTION FOR CHILDREN; DEAF ASSOCIATION; ASK LILY; AGE UK; WEST NORFOLK CARERS; PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICINE; MACMILLAN SERVICE; HEALTHWATCH; NORFOLK MIND; WN PRESCRIBING TEAM; BEFRIENDING SCHEME; SWAFFHAM & LITCHAM HOME HOSPICE; MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE; MERLE BODDY CENTRE; HEALTH TRAINERS; HOMESTART; SMOKEFREE NORFOLK; GREEN PARROT; RED CROSS; QE HOSPITAL; SCH LEAGUE OF FRIENDS; ARTHRITIS CARE; RVS – HOME & WELL; EQUAL LIVES – GET YOURSELF ACTIVE; 4 CHILDREN NORFOLK; SING YOUR HEART OUT; PARKINSONS SOCIETY; CHOOSE & BOOK and many more…

We look forwards to seeing you there.

 

Organised by: The Campingland Surgery Patient Participation Group

Careline Community Service Supports Dementia Awareness Week 2016

In support of Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21st May, Careline Community Service, part of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, are offering free home assessments to local residents. The aim of the service is to help people who may be living with memory loss, dementia, or are elderly and less mobile, to identify concerns in their property which may be affecting their day-to-day life. The assessor, trained by the Disabled Living Foundation, will inspect the home to see whether measures could be introduced that could help with confusion or memory loss, reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls and generally make it easier for people to live safely and independently in their own homes.  The assessors will also be able to advise whether grant funding is available for any works required.

Measures that could be considered include signage or colour differentiation for those who suffer with memory loss and are visually impaired, installation of a Careline personal alarm, improved lighting arrangements, smoke detectors and easy-to-use taps along with recommendations for other adaptations that may reduce any potential risk to the resident.

Senior Visiting Officer Johnny Stromberg, who is a Dementia Care Coach said: “Here at Careline Community Service we are passionate about helping older and vulnerable people and we are working constantly to improve the lives of people with dementia. With one in three people over the age of 65 developing dementia, and an increasingly ageing population in Norfolk, the problem is only going to get worse.”

Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week is a national initiative aimed at encouraging people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and seeking support and further information.

If you are interested in having a free home assessment please contact Careline Community Service on 01553 760671. For more information about dementia please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

 

Careline Community Service – Supporting you to live safely and independently in your own home.

 

Surviving Winter Appeal 2015-2016

Help older and vulnerable people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter

???????????????????????????????????????????????????Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for many vulnerable and elderly people due to poverty and inadequate housing which inevitably leads to health issues. ‘Heat Vs Eat’ is a particular reality for many elderly people. The Surviving Winter Appeal in Norfolk is led by the Norfolk Community Foundation with its delivery partner, Age UK Norfolk to support the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months.

Launched with the idea that those who don’t need their fuel allowance might donate all or part of it to the appeal, the campaign has grown significantly and the wider general public have been inspired to contribute. The money raised is used to support those who need help with their energy bills and heating improvements.

“A high proportion of individuals seek help to combine a grant from the fund with their Winter Fuel payment to meet the cost of heating oil, gas and electricity. We also receive requests for support for new heaters and warm clothing so the money raised through the appeal is essential in helping to keep some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable people safe over the cold months.” – Age UK Norfolk.

As a result of the appeal, Age UK Norfolk also provide signposting to other organisations for long term help with budgeting, debt advice or checking all benefits are being received.

The 2015-16 appeal will include support to essential services delivered by local community groups working with the vulnerable and isolated people of all ages through small grants to the likes of Meals on Wheels, lunch clubs and community transport projects.

For ideas on how people can stay safe and warm this winter and how you can help people in your community visit the Age UK website here

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To apply for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.

Gadgets and Gizmos Information Session

Careline Community Service attended an event last week aimed at helping older people to remain in their own homes for longer.

The Gadgets and Gizmos session, held at the Community Baptist Church, in South Lynn, gave residents the chance to try out a range of devices designed to help elderly people live safely and independently.

Representatives of Norfolk County Council’s assistive technology department N-Able and The Norfolk Fire Service also attended the event advising people on how to remain safe and well in their home. The items on display included Careline’s personal alarm, key safes, movement sensors, temperature monitors and even talking reminders that deliver messages to prompt people to do regular things, such as take medication.

Local county councillor Alexandra Kemp, who hosted the session, said: “One of Norfolk County Council’s key aims is for Norfolk, which has the fastest ageing population in England, to help residents stay living independently in their own homes as long as they can.”

Gadgets and Gizmos for the elderly at home, event King's Lynn Community Babtist Church South Lynn LtoR, Mary Andrews, Janet Alexander, John Park, Alexandra Kemp, Lee-Anne De Luca (Care and Repair KL&WNBC), Rebecca Turner (n-able)

Gadgets and Gizmos for the elderly at home, event King’s Lynn Community Babtist Church South Lynn
LtoR, Mary Andrews, Janet Alexander, John Park, Alexandra Kemp, Lee-Anne De Luca (Care and Repair KL&WNBC), Rebecca Turner (n-able)