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People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to learn more about the servicesthat are available to older people in Staffordshire. The Older People’s Partnership Board will meet from 11am to 4pm on October 13 at the Human Resource Centre, Tillington in Stafford. Representatives from Supporting People, which sits within Staffordshire’s Joint Commissioning Unit, will visit the meeting from 11am to 1pm. The team will be talking about existing housing schemes as well as those that are in the pipeline. They will explain what Extra Care Housing is, where local schemes are based and how residents can access the accommodation. Visitors will also be told about the Handyperson Service which is a home repair scheme aimed at disabled people and residents aged over 55. It provides help with basic repair and maintenance jobs which some vulnerable people might struggle to carry out themselves. The JCU’s Assistive Technology Project Manager Jim Ellam will discuss telecare and how it can be used to help people to maintain their independence, particularly within their own homes. Strategic issues related to older people will be discussed in the afternoon, from 2pm to 4pm, and the feedback that is gathered will be used to develop services for residents. Staffordshire County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet member for Adults and Wellbeing, said:
“The input of older people who attend the partnership board has been vital in helping to shape the future of services across the county. It is an excellent platform for people to tell us what is working and where improvements can be made. The meeting is also a great opportunity for people to hear about the services that are available to them and how they can be accessed.” 


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