Lochaber Care & Re­pair

The Oban Times - - Feature -

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 info@lcr.org.uk.

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