It doesn’t need to be like this. Gone are the days where becoming a pensioner equalled an obligatory journey to the nearest care home where your days were filled with nothing but bingo and day time television.
These days, there is a big focus on people remaining in their own homes for as long as possible – not only does it give the individual greater independence for longer, but it also means there isn’t such a drain on personal and state funding when it comes to paying for care home fees.
There are many different ways that you can seek help wherever you are in the country. For example, if you’re looking for support with independent living in Chelmsford, you can contact Essex Cares which provides help with adapting your home and can also provide domiciliary care services if you require those. These can range from pop-in visits to 24-hour care depending on your
From many organisations, you can also request an emergency line in your home in case you have a fall or are worried about intruders in your property. Whatever the problem, there is always someone on the end of the line to help.
It may be that you’re having trouble living independently due to a slight disability or a condition like arthritis. In this instance, seeking out equipment like a scooter or electric wheelchair might be the best thing for you – this can either be purchased or even rented if you don’t feel you need it permanently. Or you might find that your life is completely transformed by the simple addition of a hearing aid, for example!
You might feel you need some support with day-to-day tasks like taking out your bins or doing your food shopping. Many organisations offer support with these kinds of issues, and there is even some Government funding available to help people cope financially if they need this sort of extra help.
It’s very important for you to gain the benefits to which you are entitled, so if you aren’t sure of your rights, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Their staff will be able to look at your own personal circumstances and help you apply for all the funding available to you.
Many people are perfectly capable of living independent lives but just need some company, perhaps after the death of their partner. Lots of towns and cities offer day centres for older people, holding lunches and other social occasions so they can get together with other people of their own age. Some groups will provide lifts to these social activities, so don’t panic if you haven’t got access to a car or the public transport in your area isn’t very good.
Alternatively, you may find there is a volunteer scheme where someone will “befriend”
Please do seek help if you have any concerns about living independently – the answers are out there!
Visit : http://www.essexcares.org
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