New countywide equipment and home improvement service launched

Walking frames to hand rails, hoists to level access showers are now available through a new countywide Community Equipment and Home Improvement Agency Service.

The new service, ‘Somerset my home, my life’, aims to help people get the equipment and home improvements they need to help them stay independent and live in a place of their choice.

The service is funded by Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council.

The Community Equipment Service is provided by Millbrook Healthcare and can range from simple equipment for daily living such as walking frames to more complex equipment such as hoists to help with daily life.

The Home Improvement Agency Service is provided by Aster Living to assist people to repair, improve and adapt their home so they can maintain their independence. This can be adaptations such as handrails or level access showers.

Access to this service requires a social care or health assessment. However both Millbrook Healthcare and Aster Living provide a private retail service which can be accessed by anyone.

Both services are open to people of all ages that need equipment or home adaptations to maintain their independence. The service is also available to children and young people who need equipment or adaptations at their place of study or at other family member’s homes.

Cllr William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Somerset County Council, said: “Most people want to remain in their own home and stay independent for as long as possible. This service supports people by giving them the practical things they need to keep active, doing the things they love and living where they want to live.”

Dr Matthew Dolman, Chairman of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Falling at home is one of the most common reasons why people injure themselves and, unfortunately, end up losing their independence.  Working collaboratively, we expect the complimentary roles of both new service providers to benefit the health and wellbeing of clients by helping them to reduce their risk of falls and live safer and independent lives.”

To find out more about ‘Somerset my home, my life’ visit: www.somersetmyhomemylife.co.uk or contact Millbrook Healthcare on 0333 003 2407 or Aster Living on 0333 400 8299. Both services can also be found on Somerset Choices, visit: www.somersetchoices.org.uk