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New Shopping Service For Elderly Launched


News: New Shopping Service For Elderly Launched

Wednesday, 10th March 2004
(PR 1165)

A new service to support older people who have difficulty with their shopping has been launched in the Preston and South Ribble areas by Age Concern Preston & South Ribble in partnership with Lancashire County Council Social Services.

The new "Supported Shopping service" aims to help older people maintain their independence within their own homes by offering support to those who, for a variety of reasons, are temporarily unable to shop for themselves.

Chris Robinson, Age Concern's Community Services Manager explains:

"Maybe you've just come out of hospital after a short stay and you are not feeling up to getting out to the shops. Our new service can help ensure that you will receive any necessary shopping items when you return home".

"After a fall or after a short period of illness, some older people can lose their confidence and independence." added Beverley Fox, Age Concern's new Supported Shopping Co-ordinator for South Ribble.

"Our small team of dedicated Volunteers can assist you by helping rebuild your confidence in getting out to the shops, and help you maintain your independence."

The service has been developed using 'Performance Grant' funding. This funding is being used to support innovative projects which help support intermediate care services in the community.

Lancashire County Councillor Chris Cheetham, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, added:

"This new service is an excellent initiative and demonstrates the positive ways in which social services and voluntary organisations can work together to support older people in their own home. We have a commitment to provide intermediate support to help people maintain their independence in their own home and in the community. This is what people want."

Deputy Chief Executive of Age Concern Preston & South Ribble, Judith Culshaw, is delighted with this new service. "...our internet shopping facility means that our Supported Shopping customers can telephone us with their shopping requirements. We can then order these directly from the supermarket and arrange delivery."

This new service is completely free of charge. However there may be a delivery charge made by retailers for the Internet shopping facility. The service is available to people over the age of 60 residing in South Ribble District and living in their own homes who:-

  • Without support are at risk of losing their independence;
  • Due to temporary incapacity are unable to shop for themselves;
  • Are returning home from hospital and without support may be re-admitted to hospital;
  • Live alone without any existing support networks.

If you require any further information on this service or are interested in volunteering, please contact: Beverley Fox at Age Concern on 01772 552881.

For further information please contact: Andrew Lynn on 01772 534372


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