Information & Resources
Life is for Living!
'Jens Journeys' provides friendly small group breaks and holidays for the elderly and those with learning disabilities. They can provide support and, if needed, care, so fraility or health concerns need not be a barrier to getting away. At Home Instead we work hard to encourage our clients to look after the social side of their life as well as the physical. Please contact us if you would like more information
Great Guidance Article on aids for Dementia Clients
Please use the link below to find some excellent guidance on aids to support a person living with dementia to live better and safely in their own home/ At Home Instead we find our clients and their families very appreciative of this type of guidance as it is so totally new to them
The Latest Great Resources from some of the local organisations Home Instead refer our clients to!
Careline is always looking for ways and means to make their clients lives safer and easier. Here are two great ideas from them
* Alert Bracelet for people with memory problems. The bracelet is in a bright colour and has a short message to call careline if assisting the wearer. The idea is, if you see someone looking distressed who is wearing the bracelet, you call this number and careline will assist by organising a relative or carer to come and help this person. The ID of the person wearing the bracelet is registered with careline so they can quickly step in to assist. They also reassure the kind person helping that any expense, such as buying a cup of tea while they wait, will be reimbursed. To find out more phone 01255 669 6699
* Ownfone. This is a very very simple mobile phone that is very suitable for people who cannot now handle complex gadgets or phones but want to call their friends or relatives. The phone is worn on a lanyard and is pre-programmed with 2-12 contacts. All the wearer has to do to make a call is press the picture of the person they want to contact. There is no need to remember numbers or complex steps to make a call. Careline have a demonstration model in their showroom in Clacton. You can also find out more online www.ownfone.com or phone 0800 669 6699
British Red Cross
New from the Red Cross are
*Household Emergency Checklist. This is a very useful pack with guidance on what to have ready so when and if an emergency strikes, you can cope. Say you have to quickly vacate your home but you still need to run your life, what papers, policy numbers and phone numbers would you need. Say our area is again hit by serious flooding and your power and food supplies are cut off. You would be very grateful you had some basic things in place so your distress is not made all the worse.
*Power Cut! The Red Cross are working wit UK Power Networks to let people know about the Register UK Power Networks maintains of people who are vulnerable and need extra support during a power cut. If you register with them you receive the following
-a priority number you can call 24hrs a day
-regular phone updates during the power cuts
-EXTRA SUPPORT FROM THE BRITISH RED CROSS. Depending on your situation they will check you are ok.
It is free to register for this service. You can register online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the leaflette entitled 'Powercut. Contact Us' available from UK Power Network 0800 02 8 0247
Essex County Fire and Rescue
This is not a new initiative but a vital one for the public to know about. The Fire Service provide and install fire alarms completely free of charge. They recommend that once fitted, you test your alarm weekly. To arrange a home fire safety visit please ring 0300 303 0088 or email via their web link www.essex - fire.gov.uk
I have been very pleased wtih the service received from Home Instead. All the carers have been wonderful and very caring. As a result I would definitely recommend Home Instead to friends!Mrs S, Elmstead Market