Did you know that there are some free services available on the NHS for elderly people?
It can be really difficult juggling a busy work/life balance whilst taking care of an elderly relative.
If your parent(s) want to live an independent life, you can get help with a free occupational health assessment:
- Contact your local council.
- Ask to speak to the social services department.
- Request an occupational health assessment.
- The assessor will undertake an assessment of care needs.
- The report will then be passed to a screening manager.
- A social worker will be appointed to carry out a face to face assessment.
You may be offered the following free of charge following a financial assessment:
- Bath lift (if elderly relative has problems getting into and out of the bath).
- Stair lift (with a waiting time of approximately 12-18 months). You may be able to apply for a disability grant for this and would need to speak to your assessor.
- Handrails throughout the property.
- Perching stool for kitchen area.
- Care equipment.
If your elderly relative has recently had an operation or fall and was fully independent prior to the incident:
- The person will be offered a free reablement service for six weeks.
- The case will be reviewed after six weeks and moved to agency staff for any ongoing assistance.
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