Helping older folk feel safer in their homes

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THE CHAIRMAN of Angus Care and Repair reviewed the past 12 months when he spoke to the annual general meeting at Forfar Farmington’s clubhouse on Thursday.

Ken Fenwick reminded the company that Angus Care and Repair enables people to remain independent in their own homes.

Mr Fenwick continued: “Increasingly this is not limited to physical repairs and adaptations but also includes the feeling of safety and security. It is always going to be difficult to quantify the benefit of someone feeling safe when answering the door to a stranger or someone being able to rest easy knowing that their security has been checked - but in reality this can keep people independent as much as an adaptation can.

“This last year has included a lot of joint working with partners to raise the profile of preventative services instead of acute services.

“As we are all aware there is an increasing older population and people are living longer. We have to make preparations for the future both individually and collectively as a society to ensure that our work force and buildings are able to deal with planned health and social care rather than having to focus the resources on emergencies.”

He went on: “We are to receive funding in 2012/2013 to employ an additional part-time officer to meet the demand of minor adaptations. The number of major adaptations installed for older and disabled people in owner occupation and private tenancies is still substantially less than those carried out for council and housing association properties, although there is a substantially higher percentage of clients in owner occupation.”

Mr Fenwick concluded: “Perhaps it is necessary to carry out more publicity about Council Adaptation grants, social work and health services and voluntary sector support in order to help people remain independent in their own home? A thought for the future perhaps?”