Handy online shop to help independence
Published Wednesday 26th September 12 in Council - news and information releases news
A new website has just been launched selling items to enable people with mobility or visual difficulties to live more independently.
The Southend Equipment Supplies (SES) site is an online shop stocking everything from long- handled sponges, toothpaste squeezers, button hooks and easy-to-use garden tools.
There are also leisure and recreational products such as large print playing cards and card holders to make it easier to deal or shuffle.
The site, on http://www.southendequipmentsupplies.co.uk/, is designed specially to help everyone from the elderly and frail to those with arthritis or poor eyesight to live enhanced and more independent lives.
It has been set up by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Community Equipment Service which provides items and equipment to support elderly people being discharged from full time support or those in palliative care.
However, this online shop is an additional venture devised by Community Equipment Service manager, Phil Webster, to sell small items which can give practical help and can be used without an assessment being needed.
All profits will be ploughed back into Council funds.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, Councillor Lesley Salter said: "This is an extremely useful enterprise with all kinds of handy items on offer to help make daily life a bit easier for residents with extra needs.
"We already know that our Community Equipment Service is a vital resource for those who are coming out of hospital, so this new branch of its work will help with the little things too.
"It is designed to assist a wide range of people, and the profits made will be used by the Council for the benefit of the people of Southend."