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Practical help and advice on offer for older people

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A service aimed at keeping older and vulnerable people independent, safe and well in their homes, will be calling into the Hawbush area 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.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow

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 the Hawbush area for three days from 19 to 21 September 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 at 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.

A drop in community information day will also be held at The Oakfield Community Centre, 245 Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, DY5 3LT starting at 12 noon until 4pm on Friday 21 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, said:

The living well, feeling safe service is aimed at older or vulnerable people and couples who are feeling isolated or in need of extra support at home. It’s also of benefit to people who are simply concerned about safety or security in the home.
I would encourage residents who live in and around the Hawbush area to take up the offer of a free home assessment. This service is available to people across Dudley borough, so if you don’t live in Hawbush but think that you or someone you know anyone would benefit from the service, then you contact us 01384 817743 to find out how the service can support you. 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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