The Safe Home scheme addresses the fears of older people by providing them with greater security in their homes, not only by identifying individual needs, but also fitting the equipment and giving advice on staying safe. Some beneficiaries are victims of crime who have been referred to the project by neighbourhood police officers and, for those people, the Safe Home visits provide much-needed reassurance at a traumatic time.
Many elderly people are anxious about bogus callers and so items such as the magnifying glass in the Safe Home pack, which allows them to check a caller’s identification, helps to reduce this anxiety. Over the past few years Limavady has seen an increase in the theft of home heating oil, which is a major problem for elderly people who may already be struggling to pay their heating bills. The fitting of the oil-tank locks, which Lottery money helped to buy, gives great reassurance to the recipients. The home visits also provide the recipient with someone to talk to about their concerns and other difficulties. In this way, the support worker can assess their other needs and suggest further Be Safe Be Well services such as free benefits advice.
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