Most people would like to stay living safely at home and retain their independence for as long as possible. If you want to remain independent and stay in your own home there are a variety of ways to manage this. For example if you have problems getting around your home there are items of equipment or minor adaptations that can make life easier. You may also need help with personal care, meals or household tasks.
Examples of some equipment/assistive technology you might need are:
- Help raising an alarm in an emergency, such as a pendant alarm, a belt or watch
- Sensors in pressure mats, could be placed beside a bed, chair or door and send an alert to a monitoring centre if you get out of bed and don't return
- Sensors to switch off gas
- An additional stair rail to help you get up and down the stairs safely
- A grab handle to hold onto when getting in and out of your home
- Chair raisers to take the strain out of sitting down or getting up from your chair
- A shower stool to sit on while bathing
Some of these options require either a family member/ friend or a response service to be able to respond when contacted by the control centre.
Below are some frequently asked questions and links to separate categories which will take you to information on a range of services to help you maintain your independence at home, including home care agencies, personal alarms, sensors and equipment suppliers. Also there are links to services that can help provide companionship and friendly conversation, the chance to develop a new relationship, and opportunities to participate in social activities.