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Helping prevent or delay people’s need for care and support - comment regarding the British Red Cross report, Prevention in Acton

A new British Red Cross report, called Prevention in Acton: How are prevention and integration being implemented? has identified that Local Authorities must do more in their areas to provide services that prevent, reduce or delay the need for care and support.

The report looked at the type of information available to users and how it is delivered; this is primarily via ‘universal’ websites. Information and advice is recognised within the Care and Support Statutory Guidance as a ‘vital component of preventing or delaying people’s need for care and support.’

The report also stresses: ‘it is important to remember the discrepancy between younger and older generations’ use of the internet’. The ONS Quarterly Internet Access Update in 2014 found that while only one per cent of 16 to 24 year olds had never used the internet, 63 per cent of the over 75s had never been online.

DLF's websites, Living Made Easy and AskSARA, are predominately used by disabled and older people. They also accessed by relatives, friends or carers - 45% of visitors to AskSARA for example are looking for product solutions on behalf of someone else. Health and social care professionals, local authorities and NHS Trusts subscribe to DLF-Data where they can compare products, view specialist categories and produce reports.

For those who don't have access to the internet, DLF's helpline offers impartial advice about mobility products or other types of daily living equipment, along with information on where items can be bought or hired or details of local organisations.

We are currently working on new initiatives to further increase the number of individuals who can gain access to our expert and impartial advice.

Our mission is to help people stay independent in their homes for longer, through the use of daily living equipment and assistive technology - helping ‘prevent or delay people’s need for care and support’.

The British Red Cross report can be accessed here.

Notes to Editors

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity that has been providing expert and impartial advice on independent living for nearly 50 years.

The helpline is open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday. 0300 999 0004.

DLF is part of Shaw Trust.

Website: livingmadeeasy.org.uk

For more information please contact Amanda Shiel, Knowledge Manager
Email: amanda.shiel@dlf.org.uk
Tel: 020 7432 8008

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