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London Borough of Haringey launches new service for older and disabled people and their carers

7th May 2009

London Borough of Haringey has launched a new service for older and disabled people and their carers in the area, by licensing DLF’s award-winning online advice tool, AskSARA.

AskSARA is an innovative way for older and disabled people and their families to obtain advice about products that can help them in their daily lives. AskSARA invites you to choose from a number of topics, answer questions about yourself and your environment and then, based on your answers, gives you a detailed report full of useful advice and product suggestions drawn from DLF’s impartial database of equipment. AskSARA won a National eWell-Being Award 2008 in the Independent Living Category and was commended in the ICT Hub Awards 2008. AskSARA has recently been relaunched with a great new design and updated content.

The version of AskSARA for use in Haringey has been customised by DLF to make it relevant to local residents. For example, it highlights products that are on display at the Equipment Display Centre.

Juanita Chedzoy, Occupational Therapy Practice Manager, London Borough of Haringey, says ”AskSARA is an exciting new service for people living in Haringey. This interactive online self assessment tool represents real progress towards people with disabilities having greater access to relevant information and more autonomy over the way they want to live their lives."

Chris Shaw, DLF's Chief Executive, says “By licensing AskSARA, Haringey has shown their dedication to helping older and disabled people in their area. They join an ever increasing number of Local Authorities all over the country who are now seeing the benefits of using AskSARA”.

To try Haringey’s version of AskSARA please visit www.haringey.gov.uk/asksara

Further information and images

Please contact Hugh Dobie, Marketing Officer, Disabled Living Foundation on tel 020 7289 6111 ext 211 or email hugh.dobie@dlf.org.uk

Notes for editors

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.

 

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