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Live Well Telford

Virtual House Tour

Telford Independent Living Centre Virtual House is ready for you to view. This interactive tour showing examples of Occupational Therapy, Assistive Technology and Sensory aids, equipment and solutions that may be helpful to you or a family member to do daily activities around the home.

Within the tour you will find information about these items including where they can be purchased*.

  • You should carefully consider whether items would be suitable for you and you are confident that they will meet your needs; especially if you are considering equipment that will affect your safety, balance, mobility or ability to summon help.
  • If you purchase an item, we cannot reimburse you for this.
  • Please follow the instructions provided with the product including weight restrictions on the item.
  • You may be eligible for VAT relief on some items, visit the GOV.UK website to find out more information about VAT relief 

If you would like to view and try some of this equipment in person before purchasing you can do so by clicking this link https://livewell.telford.gov.uk/Services/3117 where you can talk to a member of our team about the items. 

*Please note: the tour contains examples of items that are available, other items are available that are not displayed in the virtual house tour. The Council does not recommend or endorse any items or the retailers suggested in the tour. Prices are included as a guide and were correct at the time the tour was created and may be subject to change.

Guidance on viewing the tour:

  • the navigation is smoother if you view the tour in Google Chrome
  • try to view the house while you are connected to the internet (WiFi), rather than mobile data (4G)
  • the quality of the tour can depend on the strength of your internet connection.

Click here to watch the Virtual Tour and read further information:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20792/independent_living_centre_ilc_and_virtual_house/5264/virtual_house_tour

 

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Views and experiences of using local taxi services

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin have recently received feedback regarding people’s views and experiences of using local taxi services, and are now keen to explore what is working well and what requires improvements.

They have produced a very short survey which can be completed in minutes and invite you to take part. If you have a disability and/or sight or hearing impairment or are a wheelchair user and use taxis in the Telford & Wrekin area, it would help Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin learn more about the problems people experience.

To take part in the on-line survey, click on the link below:  https://www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/disability-and-sight-impairment-taxi-survey

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone or would prefer to email you can contact Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin using the details below: 

 

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Views and experiences of using local taxi services

Start Date:
28th May 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
1115

End Time:
2359

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin have recently received feedback regarding people’s views and experiences of using local taxi services, and are now keen to explore what is working well and what requires improvements.

They have produced a very short survey which can be completed in minutes and invite you to take part. If you have a disability and/or sight or hearing impairment or are a wheelchair user and use taxis in the Telford & Wrekin area, it would help Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin learn more about the problems people experience.

To take part in the on-line survey, click on the link below:  https://www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/disability-and-sight-impairment-taxi-survey

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone or would prefer to email you can contact Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin using the details below: 

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Alzheimer’s petition to #CuretheCareSystem

This week is Alzheimer’s Action Week (Monday 17th-Sunday 23rd May 2021) Will you and your family and friends take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia?

Nearly a million UK families are struggling to care for their loved ones with the dignity and support they deserve. Decades of underfunding have led to a social care system that’s difficult to access, costly, inadequate and unfair.

While dementia isn’t curable yet, the care system is.  

The Alzheimer’s Society are calling on the UK Government to cure the care system now by committing to:

  • Publication of a clear, budgeted, plan with milestones, with reform underway this year 
  • Ensuring their reforms consider not just funding, but also improving the quality of care that people receive.   

Watch and share our short film, showing the impact the broken social care system has on carers. Without support, dementia claims more than one life. Click here to watch the film:  https://youtu.be/g6rk88V-TvM

Will you contribute by signing our petition to UK Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live? You can sign at this link:  https://action.alzheimers.org.uk/page/80202/petition/1?_ga=2.254137800.1396316279.1621509036-1047571070.1621287700

To read more about the work of the Alzheimer’s Society click this link:  https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

SDN says “Please tell others about this petition to gain help to make the lives of those suffering from dementia, their families and carers better with funding, changes, respite and the quality of care that people receive”. Thank you.

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Because we all care

Start Date:
1st April 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

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Because we all care

Start Date:
1st March 2021

End Date:
31st May 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

cqc logo 250-253

Because we all care

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

cqc logo 250-253

Because we all care

Start Date:
1st January 2021

End Date:
28th February 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP

Over 50′s can get a flu jab

Health leaders across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin continue to encourage everyone with a long-term health condition to get their free flu vaccination as soon as possible and help protect themselves from the harms of flu.

Evidence shows people who catch flu and COVID-19 at the same time are more likely to need hospitalisation or die.

With COVID-19 infections on the rise, doctors, pharmacists and public health leaders are keen to make sure that eligible patients get their free NHS flu jab as soon as possible, to protect themselves and others from the double risk of flu and COVID-19 and reduce pressures on health services this winter. As from 1st December 2020 anyone 50 and over is entitled to a free flu jab.

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications in people with an underlying health condition such as bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, immunosuppression or a chronic neurological disease – like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.

The free vaccine is available from GP surgeries and pharmacies, and social distancing and safety measures are in place to make sure the vaccine is given in a safe environment.

People with long-term health conditions should ask their GP or pharmacist about the free flu vaccine, it is not to late to ask.

Coronavirus – no refund on Disabled Persons Railcards

Millions of railcard holders have been told they won’t get a refund – or an extension – on their passes, despite not being able to use them during lockdown.

The scheme, which offers a third off rail fare with certain restrictions, is available to a wide group of people in Britain.

Some 5.1million people have a railcard, which are available for 16 to 25 year-olds, 26 to 30 year-olds, senior citizens, people with disabilities and families with young children.

Using a railcard can help travellers save dramatically on their train fare, with most of the cards costing £30 per person – the disabled persons railcard is available at a cheaper rate of £20 per year.

With the majority of the 5.1million customers paying for a £30 railcard, if the firm had decided to refund cardholders, it could cost upwards of £150million.

Many people have asked about a part-refund or an extension to their card for not being able to use it over a four month period during lockdown/sheilding.

A Railcard spokesperson said: ‘We understand that this decision may not be the news our customers had been hoping for.

‘Refunding or extending Railcards for over 5.1million customers would come at a significant cost to the taxpayer at a time when the focus must be on maintaining rail services to support the country’s recovery from the pandemic.’

The Government also emphasised the importance of maintaining services while passenger numbers are down.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: ‘We took immediate action at the outbreak of the pandemic to support the rail industry, keeping the services people depend on running, protecting jobs, and delivering refunds on all advance fares, as well as removing charges for cancellations

‘With fares revenue having fallen to less than 5 per cent of pre-Covid levels, we must ensure we are fair to taxpayers and focus investment on maintaining services, to enable social distancing and support our economic recovery.’