Service helps seniors stay independent

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A NEW innovative housing support service has been launched for older people in East Sussex.

‘STEPS to Stay Independent’ will help people aged 65 or over to stay living independently.

Support workers will make home visits and help people to deal with housing issues, including debts, join in with activities in the local community, or even find more suitable accommodation if needed.

STEPS is a county-wide project, funded by the Council, through the Supporting People partnership, with the service provided by two local organisations - Eastbourne Homes in the west and In Touch (part of Family Mosaic), in the east.

Cllr Bill Bentley, the Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said, “This is an example of partnership working at its best.

“Older people face some very difficult financial and housing decisions later in life and now they will be able to get advice and support on these complex issues.”

Chief executive of Eastbourne Homes Jo Ellis said, “I am delighted that Eastbourne Homes have this opportunity to deliver this exciting new service for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.

“Alongside In Touch, who are delivering the service across Rother and Hastings, this will ensure the service reaches all areas of the County and therefore those people who are most vulnerable and in need of the service.”

STEPS can support older people to claim benefits they are entitled to, liaise with mortgage companies and landlords, help them find suitable accommodation, obtain specialist debt advice, ensure the home is safe, and give other housing support as well as take part in healthy living activities.