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St John HealthCare offers free home assessments

St John HealthCare offers free home assessments

Sunday 21 April 2019

St John HealthCare offers free home assessments

St John HealthCare has started offering free assessment visits helping Guernsey residents move around their homes freely and safely.

Three members of the team have recently become qualified as Trusted First Assessors and will be available to visit residential homes as well as private properties to suggest adjustments.

They will be on-hand to identify issues or hazards and find solutions to everyday problems like bathing, walking upstairs or getting in and out of bed.

In many cases, Assessors will recommend simple adjustments to reduce risks and remove barriers, but they can also give free advice on practical changes as well as mobility equipment.

"Thanks to the Trusted First Assessors I can now enjoy having a bath again," said one recent customer.

The Trusted First Assessors scheme is a national concept recognised by the States of Guernsey, the NHS and UK Quality Care Commission. The two day course which took place in the UK was run by the Disabled Living Foundation and attended by representatives from local authorities, health trusts and private care providers.

"As we get older we can sometimes struggle to do the things we once took for granted, but little changes can make a big difference," said Relationship Manager for St John HealthCare, Jacquelyn Llewellyn-Jones. "It is lovely to be able to go into someone's home and make a difference almost immediately. It is without doubt the best part of my job."

The assessments will take health and mobility issues into account, as well as aspirations and any potential risks. Options can then be discussed with carers, family members or other care partners. In some cases it might be appropriate to develop a multi-agency approach.

Another customer said: "You have been a brilliant help. We didn't know what to do or where to go until we came into the St John HealthCare shop and found out about the service you offer. Mum now moves around her home more confidently and it has definitely improved her life. You have all been so wonderful and kind and we can't thank you enough. We have recommended St John to our friends."

The St John First Assessor scheme aims to intervene at an early stage, before residents are in need of involvement from the Community Services or an Occupational Therapist referral.

Pictured top: File image.

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