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AskSARA for help during Self Care Week

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01 November 2017

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Residents, neighbours, carers, friends and family are being urged to use the free AskSARA online service during Self Care Week, (13 – 19 November), to enable people of ages to more lead independent lives.

• Self care week encourages people to look after their own health and live more independently
• Enfield Council’s AskSARA initiative has a range of information and aids to promote independent living
• Helping people to Independent living in their own homes but also reduces demand on health and social services

 Residents, neighbours, carers, friends and family are being urged to use the free AskSARA online service during Self Care Week, (13 – 19 November), to enable people of ages to more lead independent lives.

 Self Care week encourages people to look after their own health and live more independently so that there is less chance they will need care and unnecessary hospital admissions.

 AskSARA is a free service accessed through Enfield Council’s website, which was developed by The Disabled Living Foundation and guides users to a range of useful devices and advice which will help to improve their quality of life and make it easier do tasks such as cooking, bathing, taking medication and chores.

 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, said: “We’re committed to promoting fairness for all, and encouraging people who want to live independently in their own homes is an important part of that commitment.

“AskSARA is a brilliant way of supporting independent living amongst people with disabilities and older people because it helps in identifying their needs and then suggesting ways of meeting those needs.

“AskSARA covers more than 70 topics that are grouped under broad headings such as health, home and children. Within each heading there are categories that focus on specific aids – and users can answer questions to help them identify their concerns across all aspects of life.

“I hope people of all ages will find AskSARA helpful.”

Typical users of the service include family members and carers who are keen to find the type of equipment that can improve the quality of their loved ones’ lives and help them to live independently.

AskSARA’s advice has been written by the Disabled Living Foundation’s team of occupational therapists and all of the content is governed by the NHS’s Information Standard.

Live links also take users to Europe’s largest database of assistive technology products – with details of over 14,000 products from over 900 manufacturers and suppliers.

Users of the service can also complete feedback reports that signpost them to services from handyman and trader schemes to falls prevention and energy efficiency details.

 You can access AskSARA here