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DLF response statement to the Audit Commission’s report into future provision of care for older people

18th February 2010
Responding to the Audit Commission’s report into future provision of care for older people, Christine Shaw, Chief Executive of the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) says:
“We welcome the findings of the Audit Commission’s report and understand the huge financial challenges facing local authorities when looking at how they can care for an ageing population.
“We believe the needs of many older people can be met by giving them information and advice on the vast range of equipment and technology available to help them live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
“Many people simply don’t know that there are gadgets and tools to help them carry out daily tasks, maintain independence and stay in their own homes, reducing the cost of care. Councils need to play a key role in making sure this information is readily available when people need it.
“DLF is already working with a number of forward-thinking councils to provide access to independent advice and guidance on equipment to make daily life easier through our award-winning online advice tool, AskSARA (www.asksara.org.uk).
“We know from talking to people that these services make a real difference to their lives. Supporting people to help themselves can only be good for the individual, the taxpayer and the local authority.”
Christine Shaw, Chief Executive, DLF 
For further information
Contact: Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer, DLF, Tel: 020 7432 8017, Email: s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk
Notes to editors:

  • Christine Shaw is available to provide comment on the innovative ways people can maintain independence in their own homes
  • DLF is the UK’s leading source of impartial, expert information and advice on equipment to help older and disabled people continue to live full and independent lives and stay in their homes as long as possible
  • For help and information about equipment and gadgets to make daily life easier, visit DLF’s impartial advice website www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk
  • DLF also runs AskSARA its award-winning online advice tool that guides people to appropriate and personalised information on products that can help them live more independently. Visit www.asksara.org.uk. The site is syndicated to local authorities


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