Living at home
Safe and independent living in your own home
The following services may be available via a social care assessment or you can pay for them
Personal assistants are usually employed by you, they are there
to provide you with the support and personal care you need to
complete any tasks that you find difficult to carry out alone.
Cheshire Centre for Independent Living can provide more
information and access to the personal assistant register.
There are various options available to individuals living at
home who have difficulty preparing their own meals. Contact adult social care for further information on
support with meal preparation.
Assistive technology and telecare
There are a number of electronic sensors, detectors, monitors,
apps and alarms that can keep you safe at home by;
- monitoring your environment
- monitoring your health and mobility
- automatically calling for help if needed
- sending reassurance to your family and friends that you are
safe and well
If we assess you and find that you are eligible for the
equipment, there would be a small charge.
Telecare is a piece of technology that can help you to maintain
your independence and to stay living at home. It can help by;
- reminding you of important things
- making sure you get help when you need it via the use of
- providing reassurance for your carers and relatives
- helping to keep you safe
If you are assessed as being eligible for the service, we will
pay for the equipment, installation, removal and maintenance. You
will need to pay a small charge which covers the cost of monitoring
the equipment and any visits that you may need.
For more information and examples of where telecare has
benefited people please refer to the following document:
Care and repair
Care and repair is a service for older people and for people
with disabilities, they can guide you through the process of
carrying out repairs and adaptations in your own home. They can
offer help with many types of work around the home, from fixing a
dripping tap to building an extension.
telephone: 0300 123 5500
If you are not eligible for help from care and repair you may want
to find your own local tradesmen to complete some work for you. The
scheme has been set up to give you access to
reliable traders in your locality.
Adaptations to your home
If you or someone living in your property is disabled, you may
qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant
towards the cost of adapting your home.
Your Occupational Therapist or Social Worker
and Housing Authority will work with you to assess what
improvements and adaptations you may need in order to live more
independently in your own home
There is a wide range of equipment available that can be easily
and inexpensively fitted and will help you to stay living
independently in your own home. In some circumstances an
occupational therapist or social care assessor may need to visit
you in your own home.
Age UK have various suggestions to help you to maintain
mobility and independence at home.
British Red Cross provide short term loans of wheelchairs and
other mobility aids.
Message in a bottle
A free and simple way to ensure that essential information is
readily available to the emergency services should you suffer an
accident or sudden illness at home. All you need to do is;
- Collect a bottle from any of our customer service points, our
care and repair service or your local
- Complete the form (in pen), fold it so that it fits into the
bottle, secure the bottle with the cap
- Store the bottle in the fridge door compartment, so it can be
- Place one sticker on the fridge door and one on the inside of
your front door
The emergency services can use this information to provide you
with fast and effective treatment.
Fire safety in your home
We have worked in partnership with Cheshire East Fire and Rescue
to devise a number of safety tips to help keep you safe from
fire and other dangers in your home. Visit the
public safety section of the Cheshire East Fire and Rescue website
for further information and safety tips.