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Helping the elderly and vulnerable maintain their independence.

Date: 06/01/2009           Category: Social Care

The elderly, people with disabilities or special needs and their carers can find out about the services available to help them maintain their independence at an event in Strood next week. On Wednesday, 14 January 2009, residents and carers an learn about the services available to them at the independence fair at Strood Sports Centre. There are two sessions, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, which must be booked. Providers of care and information including Age Concern, The Carers’ Centre and UK Mobility will be among the agencies attending Medway Council’s second community infrastructure fair to showcase the services available to residents. Medway Council has commissioned a new service, called Living Well in Medway, to help adults maintain their independence and access vital care services. The service is being delivered by Church in Society and Chatham Citizens Advice Bureau in Chatham, Rochester and Strood and by Carers First in the Gillingham and Rainham areas. People are able to refer themselves, or be referred by others such as another care provider or by the Social Care Team. Anyone needing care will be assessed and helped to link up with a suitable provider. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Tom Mason explained his support for the fair. He said: “This fair will allow people to talk to various organisations under one roof to ensure they can learn about the different services on offer that are suitable for their individual needs. “Medway Council wants to give people the chance to devise their own plan of care that are specifically designed to meet their individual needs. The council is working alongside a range of organisations to ensure everyone with care needs have an opportunity to retain their independence.”