What's New?

1800 new independent living homes with 24 hr care and support on site by 2021.  Building work has begun with ECC investing £27.7m in Harwich, Walton and Saffron Walden.  0345 6037630 (Social Care Direct) www.essex.gov.uk/inddyliving

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“My Social Prescription” is a phone, face-to-face and online service that can help you: meet new people, find self help groups, clubs, befriending agencies, share your skills with others, receipt support or become a volunteer. 0800 7311 655 email: msp@ccvs.org    Visit essexconnects.org.uk

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Barclays bank free beginners internet learning.  A programme called The Digital Eagles based in branches across the UK, helping introduce older people to the internet – Skype, Facebook, internet banking/shopping, latest apps.  Age no boudary, tea and teach sessions.

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ECC launch App – to signpost you to local support services and advice on healthy living, called Lifestyle Essex

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New initiative, Colchester Hospital.  A dedicated community development worker deployed within the Trust 3 days a week for befriending, signposting patients to community service once they leave hospital (pilot) and other services to support the patient funded by the Trust and Colchester Community Voluntary Services.

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Do Not Resuscitate.  Should you be with someone at end of life and there is a Do Not Resuscitate agreement, the trend is moving towards you being able to stay with your loved one at the bedside.  Ask.

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Investigation – Continuing Healthcare funding? Govt National Audit Office in England may be considering to investigate incorrect families’ Continuing Healthcare funding decisions on account of flawed process.  The more … Continued

Stress incontinence.  Pretty and clever pants created by Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft called Diary Dolls in conjunction with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation.  Changing attitudes towards stress incontinence for woman available at Boots.com. www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org  Carol & AnnabelleContinued

Drop-In Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.  Free Service to help address unmet social needs for vulnerable groups – covering advice on debt, benefits, housing available in the hospital via Family Mosaic Weds 10am-12 noon.  The hospital trust is working on offering other advice too (i.e.for family carers) and at ward level, via the voluntary sector … Continued

New adapted clothing.  Track Suit Bottoms with side zips and button down the front cotton nighties.  www.adaptawear.com and www.clootietree.com  0800 051 1931

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