Help with living at home

If you need support with day to day living at home following an illness or injury, then our Early Intervention team can help. We’re also here to support children and adults who are finding difficulties with daily living tasks at home due to a physical, mental, learning, behavioural or sensory need.

We know how important it is to remain as independent as possible, feel safe and be able to manage daily tasks. We have friendly and professional therapists and assessors who can support you to improve your abilities and do as much as you can for yourself.

What help can I get?

We can provide short, intensive help for up to 6 weeks which may include:

  • Designing a programme to help you to gain skills and confidence at home - this service is called 'reablement' and is provided free of charge for up to six weeks
  • Providing equipment or adaptations in your home
  • Providing advice on new methods and techniques
  • Providing assistive technology devices e.g. emergency alarms
  • Referring you onto other relevant services or agencies.

It may take some time for assessments to be completed and equipment to be ordered. If this is the case the Reablement team can offer you support until the programme can be implemented

How do I access support?

To get help with living at home, you will need to contact adult social care.

We will contact you to determine if you require a specialist assessment over the telephone, by video call or a face-to-face assessment, all completed by a competent assessor.

The assessment is to find out about your health, lifestyle, abilities and what you would like to achieve. We’ll ask you to demonstrate how you manage with activities such as walking, making a drink, using the stairs, getting in and out of the bath etc.

It may be that you’ll benefit from small items of equipment or minor adaptations to help you return to previous levels of independence so that you won’t need to ask family or friends to help. In some cases, we may recommended larger adaptations to make your home more accessible to you.

What happens next?

Following support from the Early Intervention team, we will review your needs to see if there are any tasks you still need support with. Where required we will pass all the information we have gathered about your abilities to the appropriate team so they can carry out a social care assessment.

During the social care assessment we will also conduct a financial assessment to find out if you have to pay anything towards the cost of your ongoing support needs.

How to contact us

To contact adult social care about support and equipment to live at home, you can:

Other support services to help you live at home

Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating

Wigan’s Reablement Service has been inspected and rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as of 27th March 2019.

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