Community 360 Newslink Issue 5 Round-Up

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Here is a summary of the latest Community 360 Newslink:


Since the Shopmobility scheme opened officially at Winsley’s House in September 2016, both existing and new members have found the scheme extremely beneficial in terms of having their own independence, increased self-confidence and being able to explore new and different parts of Colchester town centre.

Below is an overview of the Leo scooter available for hire through Shopmobility. We have two Leos available for hire and they have proven to be a favourite with our members.

Shopmobility took delivery of the two Leo’s on the day of the Shopmobility launch, 16th December 2016. The Leo’s are made by a company called Invacare. Both Leo’s have a weight limit of 21 stone and have 4 wheels. The Leo’s can only be hired out on a day to day basis.

In order to use the Shopmobility equipment you must first become a member. There are two options for this, a yearly membership or a daily membership.

Membership and hire fees:

£15 for a yearly membership
£5 for a day membership
£3 for up to 3 hours hire
£5 for between 3 and 6 hours hire

The Shopmobility scheme is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. Two parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on Shopmobility contact 01206 505250

Clinicians increase public awareness of early signs of dementia to ensure diagnosis and support

Clinicians at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are raising awareness of the early signs of dementia and the importance of getting early diagnosis by their GP.

They say detecting dementia early is important as some causes of dementia are treatable and fully or partially reversible, depending on the nature of the problem. It can also mean that people and their families have access to the support they need as well as the opportunity to plan for the future. Identifying dementia early and improving care for those with the condition remains a national priority. According to NHS England there are almost 5,000 people living with dementia in north east Essex. Dr Mark Roberts, Elected Member at North East Essex CCG and GP at the Tiptree Medical Centre, said: “It is important that people get an early diagnosis which opens up access to the right health and social care services. It is possible to live well with dementia and there is strong evidence that an early diagnosis helps someone with dementia to continue to live independently in their own home for longer. However if people are not diagnosed, they will not receive the support they need.” Early signs of dementia can be mild and barely noticeable, or maybe mistaken for something else. However it can include problems with memory, finding it hard to recall words, dates, names or recent events, finding it hard to follow a conversation, difficulty in making decisions as well as forgetting time or what day of the week it is as well as increased confusion, reduced concentration, personality or behaviour changes and the loss of ability to do everyday tasks.

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WaveLength Charity

Giving Tvs, radios and tablets to lonely or isolated people who live in poverty. Many live with disability or chronic illness that make it hard to leave their homes. Many are over 75, and many are coming out of difficult situations like homelessness or domestic violence. TVs and radios are some people’s ‘lifelines’, keeping them connected to the outside world and comforting them through long days and nights. The equipment is brand new, and WaveLength also provide sets which are accessible for disabled people. The manufacturers they work with take care of installation and delivery, as well as a long-term warranty. Staring at a blank wall does nobody any good. WaveLength help to open up a window on the world.

For more information please click here.

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