Practical help and advice on offer for elderly

A service aimed at keeping older and vulnerable people independent, safe and well in their homes, will be out and about in Halesowen next week.

The Living well, feeling safe service provides practical safety, security and wellbeing advice and help for older and vulnerable people; aiming to make sure they keep safe, secure and well at home.

The initiative is a partnership made up of Dudley Council, Age UK, West Midlands Police, Victim Support, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies.

Staff will be out and about visiting properties in and around Halesowen for three days from 18 to 20 April 2018. Free home assessments will be on offer where advice, tips and practical help will be provided on home safety and security, as well as on keeping comfortable, independent and well in your home.

Home safety and security equipment, as well as smoke alarms can be fitted and personal alarms will be offered. Support and help with home maintenance, improvements and adaptations, home repairs, energy advice, fire and crime prevention, as well as help for unpaid carers, dementia support, falls prevention is on offer, amongst other things.

A drop in community information day will also be held at Short Cross Methodist Church, 4 Attwood Street, Halesowen B63 3UE starting at 9.30am until 1.30pm on Friday 20 April.

People are encouraged to drop in and find out more about keeping safe, secure, independent and well in their homes. Representatives will be in attendance from a range of organisations such as West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Dudley Telecare Service and Dudley Home Improvement Service. Martin Samuels, strategic director, people, Dudley Council said:

“The living well, feeling safe service is ideal for any older or vulnerable person or couple  who are feeling isolated or in need of extra support at home, or for people who are simply concerned about  safety or security in the home.

“I would encourage residents who live in and around Halesowen to take up the offer of a free home assessment, but it’s important to stress that this service is available to people across Dudley borough, so if you know anyone who could benefit then please contact the service directly.”

The service believes strongly in reaching people directly and operates several community ‘out and about’ events each year, covering different parts of Dudley borough. 

The living well, feeling safe service offers free home assessments and advice to all older and vulnerable people, across Dudley borough. Home visits are available on request (no referral is needed) and the service can be contacted on 01384 817743.


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