Helping hand for Lichfield and Burntwood residents

County Councillor Matthew Ellis with Debbie Hill, Alzheimer’s Café Co-ordinator, and Daphne Sharp, Project Co-ordinator of the MASE group

County Councillor Matthew Ellis with Debbie Hill, Alzheimer’s Café Co-ordinator, and Daphne Sharp, Project Co-ordinator of the MASE group

Older people in Lichfield and Burntwood are to benefit from a simple device which will give them a helping hand in their daily lives.

The Helping Hand – which will also benefit vulnerable people in the area – is a grabbing aid which allows users to pick up items without bending, stretching or over-exerting themselves. It plays a key role in the prevention of falls in the home.

And 300 Helping Hands will be making their way into the county’s homes during the next few month thanks to a donation to Staffordshire’s Joint Commissioning Unit – a partnership between Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust and NHS North Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet member for Adults and Wellbeing, said:

“Something as simple as the Helping Hand can make a big difference in people’s lives, helping them to maintain their independence. It is great news that these have been donated free of charge for the benefit of Staffordshire residents.

“I recently launched a new vision for adult social care, Staffordshire Cares and a key part of this is working with our partners in health to focus on prevention. Throughout the county we are seeing an ever-increasing range of gadgets, devices and technology which help people to retain their independence within their communities and local teams are exploring yet more new and innovative ways to achieve this.

“With an ageing population, we need to be thinking of the ‘here and now’ and how we can work with a range of partners to enable people to stay in their homes and have access to a range of services that will enable them to maintain their wellbeing and reduce the need to access more intensive social care and health services as has so often been the case in the past.”

The devices have arrived in Staffordshire courtesy of the Helping Hand company which manufactures them and they will now be distributed throughout the county at the Alzheimer’s, Approach and MASE groups which support older and vulnerable people with dementia related illnesses.

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1 Comment

  1. Debbie Hill

    16th December, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    The Burntwood Alzheimer Cafe takes place at The Scout Hut Ironstone Road on the third thursday every month. In this months Cafe we have a party, this takes place on the 17th December 12 midday till 2. If you are intrested in attending please contact Debbie Hill at the Carers Association Southern Staffs on 01785 606675