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Home for Life making choices for later life in your home and neighbourhood

Home for Life making choices for later life in your home and neighbourhood

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As part of the Ageing Well Action Learning Set, myself in housing and colleagues in Adults, Health and Social Care designed a magazine style publication aimed at older people who are looking to make choices about their lives now and into the future. This may be for those on the brink of older age, who are thinking about their housing options, or older people who are feeling they cannot cope with their present living arrangements. It also provides information about diverse topics – home safety, help with moving home, money, leisure opportunities and other agencies. We decided to focus our efforts on this area in order to simplify and promote the services that were already available. With an ageing population, and pressure on budgets, we felt that action of this sort would promote more independence, choice and control. We recognise that not all older people would approach the Council for help, and we would want to encourage people to take responsibility and action for themselves. We wanted to make the document attractive to older people, showing positive images, so that they would be tempted to pick it up and browse. The magazine is supported by The Home for Life map which is designed to help older people make choices about where they would like to live. It contains information about where to find housing schemes, local GP surgeries, bus stops and local shops. Different layers can be added or removed, such as GP surgery, by ticking the different boxes. A link to the map can be found at http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/housing/housingadvice/advice/housing-choices.html
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FM
Former Member 8 Years Ago
I like the sound of a magazine or document specifically preparing people for old age. My father’s health has recently got worse. He is keen to maintain his independence for as long as possible but we have to plan for the worse. We have been setting up his house to make things easier and safer. While a lot of this is common sense it would be good to have some form of guide about what we should help him prepare for. We have installed a stair lift, emergency alarm, adjustable bed, reclining chair and handrails etc. There were a lot of companies who were geared up for the elderly like the http://www.reclinerfactory.com but there were also a lot of companies that did not listen to their needs. Maybe a list of suitable companies for the elderly would be a good idea?
SF
Stephanie Furness 8 Years Ago
Hi James, I'm glad you like the concept, it has been a big hit in Calderdale with it being a useful resource for professioanls as well as people in the community. Usually, Local Authorities have a list of approved contractors that the public can access. This would normally include companies that install stairlifts and telecare (like alarms) but probably doesn't go as far as suppliers for chairs and beds which might be something to consider!
SF
Stephanie Furness 8 Years Ago
Correct link http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/advice/housing/housing-choices.html