In support of Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21st May, Careline Community Service, part of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, are offering free home assessments to local residents. The aim of the service is to help people who may be living with memory loss, dementia, or are elderly 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 could help with confusion or memory loss, reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls and generally make it easier for people to live safely and independently in their own homes. The assessors will also be able to advise whether grant funding is available for any works required.
Measures that could be considered include signage or colour differentiation for those who suffer with memory loss and are visually impaired, installation of a Careline personal alarm, improved lighting arrangements, smoke detectors and easy-to-use taps along with recommendations for other adaptations that may reduce any potential risk to the resident.
Senior Visiting Officer Johnny Stromberg, who is a Dementia Care Coach said: “Here at Careline Community Service we are passionate about helping older and vulnerable people and we are working constantly to improve the lives of people with dementia. With one in three people over the age of 65 developing dementia, and an increasingly ageing population in Norfolk, the problem is only going to get worse.”
Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week is a national initiative aimed at encouraging people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and seeking support and further information.
If you are interested in having a free home assessment please contact Careline Community Service on 01553 760671. For more information about dementia please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
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