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We have information on a range of options to help you. The Information Sheet ‘Early Help’ may give you ideas to help you to remain independent for longer in your own home:
Also, have a look at the Equipment and Technology in the home information for simple equipment, care technology and adaptation assistance. Simple equipment can include bed risers, grab rails and kettle sensors. Care Technology equipment such as pendant alarms, bed sensors, GPS tracking and falls sensors could help you with your daily living at home and when you are out and about.
Technology can help you if you are worried about:
Explore our Equipment House or Care Technology House for ideas of how to make living in your home easier.
To refer yourself to Dorset Council please ring Adult Access Team on 01305 221016
Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.
You can search our Directory to find charities, groups and befrienders who can provide help around the home such as meal deliveries, cleaning, helping with pets or changing a light bulb.
Shopping for food can sometimes be a problem, whether this is because you can't get to the shops easily or if you find shopping physically difficult.
Community transport schemes can help you to get to local supermarkets and shops.
Shopping assistance services are run by many supermarkets where a member of their staff may be able to help you to shop and pack. You can also think about ordering your shopping online and have it delivered from many supermarkets and local stores.
Some Good Neighbour schemes can help you with your shopping.
Alternatively, there are meal delivery and lunch clubs in the local community you could organise. Find more information on our Directory of service.
If you do not have enough money for food, you can ask to be referred to a food bank.
You may like to read further information from The Disabled Living Foundation.
Contact the Adult Access Team on 01305 221016. Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm or:
Many people find gardening to be a fun and relaxing activity, particularly on a sunny day. However, if you feel that you need some extra support to help maintain your garden there are some things you can do.
If you need support with maintaining your garden, contact Age UK Dorchester's Information and Advice Service on 01305 269444 and they will signpost you towards local gardeners and trades persons that may be able to help.
Safe Gardening is an online website that provides useful advice and information on gardening
If you are disabled or physically unable to move your bins and there is no one else who can help, you can apply for an assisted bin collection and we will collect them from a point on your property, such as your back door.
You can request an assisted bin collection on behalf of someone else if you have their permission.
You may wish to organise personal care in the home to help you with everyday tasks or employ a personal assistant.
There are ways you can make your daily routine easier, from getting up in the morning through to going to bed at night.
Find out whether you may be eligible for help from your council, how to get an assessment and who pays for care services by reading the information sheets or contact the Adult Access Team on 01305 221016. Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm or:
An occupational therapist can help you with everyday tasks inside and outside of your home.
Occupational therapists (often known as OTs) can help with any problems you may be having with everyday tasks and can visit you in your home. This can help you continue to live safely and independently in your own home.
When the OT has looked at the problems you are having, they can suggest a range of solutions. These might include:
Independent Living Centres have OTs who can talk to you about your needs.
Alternatively, please get in touch with us.
Your home can be adapted to make life easier and safer. This usually costs much less than moving into a new house or care home and involves far less upheaval.
There are many ways in which your home can be adapted. For example:
Many adaptations are relatively simple and inexpensive but can make a big difference. For example, a handrail up the stairs might be all that is needed to help you get safely to the bathroom.
A Dorset Accessible Homes Grant previously known as a Disabled Facilities Grant can be used to pay for a range of adaptations to ensure that you have access to facilities within your home. Your occupational therapist can help with a grant application.
Choosing to move into a care home is a big decision. Before making a commitment, you should make sure you have looked at the alternatives. With the right help and support, many people can live safely and independently in their own home.
Most people will have to pay something towards the cost of their care.
Some homes provide specialist care for dementia, mental health conditions or physical disabilities:
All care providers in the country must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC inspects services looking at the quality and safety of the care provided. The inspection reports are available from the care home or the CQC website.
The Care Services Directory has details of residential and nursing homes available in your area (the Care Services Directory is available as a PDF or an eBook).
Which? Later Life Care provides free, independent and practical guidance about making care choices across the UK. Which? provides information on the cost of care and eligibility in England using an online calculator which you may find useful.
Getting online can open up a new world to people, connecting people to the outside world and helping them to gain a level of independence. Technology cannot replace in-person interaction, but the internet offers people the opportunity to communicate with others from the comfort of their own home.
Skype, video chat and other communication channels such as email and social media can allow anyone to connect with family, friends and groups or organisations. It can also offer education, entertainment or friendship opportunities.
Volunteers run computer help sessions around Dorset. The Superfast volunteers (or Digital Champions) help with everything from switching on a computer and using the internet safely to managing email and digital pictures. If you would like help, telephone 01305 221048.
It is important to stay safe when using computers and the internet. Get Safe Online has information and advice about how to stay safe online, avoid online scams and how to protect your computer.
Age UK has information for older people about internet safety.
If you'd prefer to get help online, Learn My Way offers free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.
Help with managing your money (budgeting) is available. It's important to regularly look at how much you are spending to make sure you are not paying for things you no longer need or use.
You can complete your own Home Emergency Plan. Call 01305 221000 to request a copy of the plan.
We support Healthy Homes Dorset which offers free energy advice to all Dorset residents on keeping homes warm and saving money on energy bills. The scheme also offers free loft and cavity wall insulation and replacement heating systems to Dorset residents who meet the relevant criteria.
Telephone 0300 003 7023.
It is important to feel safe at home. General safety advice including the safe use of electrical sockets, fire and gas safety can be found on our help living at home pages.
You may find it useful to arrange to have a Safe and Well visit from a member of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. To contact them please telephone 0800 038 2323 or visit the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
SAIL assessment can direct you to a wide range of help, advice and support services across Dorset.
The SAIL scheme is a partnership of respected agencies in Dorset including local councils, police, fire, NHS and voluntary organisations. SAIL is a trusted signposting initiative. The aim is to provide help that enables people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish. It covers concerns such as advice on warmer homes, fire safety, memory loss and benefit entitlement as well as many other topics. All the advice is free but some of the services may be chargeable.
For further information please contact:
The Dorset Accessible Homes Service can help with jobs around the home. You can access this service if you live in Dorset (outside of Bournemouth or Poole) and are disabled or aged over 50.
Most people worry about becoming a victim of a crime or scam while we are home. But my taking some advice and taking a few simple precautions this can often reduce the risk.
The information below will help you to know how to keep safe, about home security, fire safety and scam and nuisance calls.
There are several ways you can find a trader you can trust:
Scams are schemes to con you out of your money or possessions. They can come to you by email, telephone calls, post or door-to-door sellers.
There are ways to prevent trips and falls in the home including: