Help your loved ones stay independent

Do you know an elderly or disabled relative, friend or neighbour who is looking for support to help keep them independent and safe in their own home? Here’s a list of ideas and options that can give everyone peace of mind, helping people maintain their independence and quality of life. 

Voluntary organisations

The Health and Wellbeing Network provides lots of information regarding voluntary organisations and their activities to support local people on a range of issues.

Assistive technology

Here are some ideas of easy to use technology providing peace of mind that can be purchased to help people in their everyday lives remain independent in their own homes. Products include digital calendars reminding people of key times and dates for people with memory loss to technology that can detect if someone is okay in their own home.

Community Navigators

Community Navigators are local volunteers helping you to find enjoyable activities and useful services. No question is too big or too small. Whatever the question, the volunteers will do their utmost to find an answer. Examples include: car schemes and help with transport, social groups, practical help around the house (local gardeners and cleaners) and mobility aids and home modifications.

Jointly App

Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers. Jointly makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message. For more information, please visit the Carers UK website

The Handyperson service

Commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and delivered by Age UK, the Handyperson service aims to make your home safe by providing practical support with minor household jobs, including fitting grab rails and key safes. A member of the team visits you at home and recommends improvements to aid mobility and they can provide information to enable you to make informed choices about safety in the home. Charges may apply. 

Living aids

For information on living aids to help you remain independent in your own home, please visit the Safe and Well Cambridgeshire website

Lifeline support

A pilot scheme for eligible individuals who are being discharged from hospital and can receive six weeks of funded lifeline provision to provide a range of support when required. For enquiries, please email [email protected]

Computer training

Libraries offer computer training and buddies to help people get online and also social events for older people. 

Befriending service

If you are worried that you or someone you know is lonely, there are schemes and services run by local organisations that can help across Cambridgeshire,

HOOP (Housing Options for Older People)

Do you have an older relative who is finding their home too large to manage? You can get specialist help and advice with HOOP, which offers specialist housing information and advice to people aged over 65. Please visit the HOOP website.

Risk of falls

If you are concerned about someone who is at risk of falls, please see our information page

The Bobby Scheme

This provides a service for older people in Cambridgeshire and intends to reduce burglary by improving home security. The charitable scheme provides a free service to victims of burglary who have a disability or are aged 65+ and who live in Cambridgeshire, repairing minor damage done to property as the result of burglary. Read more information.

Fire risks

Free safe and well visits and home fire safety checks are available to those who are most vulnerable in our community. This may include those who smoke, have a disability or mental health problems and are priorities according to individual risk. Please visit our fire safety and hoarding page for more information.

Stay well and warm this winter

Read advice and information on how to stay well during the winter. 

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