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Government minister’s visit to Independent Living Centre

The Minister of State for disabled people, MP Mark Harper, visited the Independent Living Centre in Semington, a charity which gives free and impartial advice to elderly and disabled people and offers practical solutions for easier living.

The ILC also offers impartial benefits advice which can free up an individual’s funding, allowing them to invest in equipment which will help them make their home more accessible.

Conservative Parlimentary candidate Michelle Donelan was also part of the visit. She said, “I know from personal family experience that it is hugely important and beneficial if older people can remain in their homes, rather than going into a care home or hospital.

“Living at home, surrounded by loved ones is where most elderly people I speak with want to be. It was where my grandma was able to be – helped by the products and equipment that the ILC help with.

The Minister for Disabled People described the independent charity as, “A first class example of a charity who support people in their homes, offers a bespoke service to their clients and save a huge amount of money, allowing people to remain in their homes rather than being in hospital unnecessarily.”

The products on offer at the ILC include bathing aids, accessible baths and showers, kitchen equipment and small gadgets to help arthritic hands, wall cupboards and sinks which are fully adjustable to accommodate wheelchair users. Uniquely they offer a huge range of mobility aids and an outdoor track for which these can be tested.