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20 - Practical help and advice on offer for older people


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

Living well, feeling safe is a partnership made up of Dudley Council, Age UK, West Midlands Police, Victim Support, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies. 

Staff from the service will be out and about visiting properties in and around Wrens Nest for three days from 27 to 29 September 2017. 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 information day will also be held at St Francis Church Hall, Laurel Road, Dudley, DY1 4AF, starting at 10am until 3pm on Friday 29 September.

 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.

 Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care, 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 the Wrens Nest area 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. 

For further information contact: Julie Warrilow, Communications, 01384 815237, Julie.warrilow@dudley.gov.uk


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