Lochaber Care & Repair
We are delighted to announce that funding has been provided by the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £ 50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. Our grant will be used to improve the homes, independence and confidence of people living with dementia, ensuring that they receive equipment and adaptations to assist them to continue to live independently within their own homes for as long as possible. For people living with dementia, the need for equipment or adaptations can arise from a change in how they perceive their surroundings as a symptom of dementia – a flat path may appear slanted or a patterned carpet could cause dizziness and disorientation. Adaptations can range from fitting handrails, improving lighting, changing fl oor coverings, removal or repositioning of mirrors, mounting signage on doors to give clearer direction and highlighting light switches and electrical sockets. Small changes to the home environment like these have been shown to reduce falls, accidents and confusion. This can lead to an increase in confidence and independence, and even better physical health. Following a home suitability assessment, a tailor- made action plan will be agreed with each individual client based on dementia design guidance to be carried out in the coming weeks or months as required. Last year we assisted 69 people to live more independently and safely in their own homes and we hope to increase this number this year. The service is free and is offered to anyone affected by dementia, pre or post diagnosis, their families and carers. For more information or to arrange a home suitability assessment please call 01397 706444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.