Older, disabled or vulnerable residents of West Norfolk are being encouraged to book an appointment for a free home assessment from Careline Community Services. The assessments, which are carried out by a team of qualified staff, will help residents, who may be living with a disability or dementia, or who are simply older 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 would reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls and generally make it easier for people to live safely and independently in their own homes.
Measures that could be considered include installation of a Careline personal alarm, improved lighting arrangements, heating checks, draught proofing, smoke detectors and easy-to-use taps along with recommendations for other adaptations that may reduce any potential risk to the resident. The assessors will also be able to advise whether any grant funding is available for any works required.
Cllr Adrian Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community, said: “As people get older, it gets harder for them to do all the things they used to and many don’t like to ask for help. Simple measures can make a real difference and help people keep their independence. These home assessments are a really easy way for people to identify and implement those small changes in their homes that will help keep them safe and warm. “I would urge anyone who has a friend or family member who could benefit from such an assessment to get in touch to arrange an appointment.”
To book an appointment call the Careline Community Team on 01553 760671