One stop shop for independence

A one-stop shop for equipment, home improvements and advice that will help people live independently at home for longer will open next week near Wellington.

The Somerset Independence Plus service will be officially launched on Thursday, 8 November, during national Occupational Therapy Week (5-11 November). There’s an open invitation to the public to look around its Independent Assessment Centre at Chelston Business Park from 2pm onwards to see what’s on offer.

The service aims to help people get the equipment and home improvements they need to support them to stay independent and living in a place of their choice. Walking frames to hand rails, hoists to level access showers are now available through the new service.

It’s a partnership between Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Mendip District Council and West Somerset District Council, offering a care and repair team working with adult social care services, occupational therapists and the NHS. Somerset Independence Plus, is the first step in our journey to bring together our Housing Options service, Home Improvement agency and our Independence Assessment Centre. Our aim is to provide a seamless service from prevention to adaptation or relocation for people living in the community in their homes. The information and advice that people receive will be independent and free of charge.

Hosted by Sedgemoor District Council, staff from the different organisations will be based at Chelston which will help with instant communication about various cases, speeding up the process of getting help where and when it is needed.

It’s open to anyone who feels that they, or someone they know, may benefit. People can drop-in every Monday from 9.30am until 4pm, or make an appointment by telephoning Somerset Direct on Tel: 0300 123 2224.  They can buy equipment on the day or take away a ‘prescription’ to buy whatever is needed from elsewhere. Staff will be able to give independent advice on what equipment might be needed and where it can be purchased from.

Location: Somerset Independence Plus, Unit 17, Knights Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, TA21 9JH.