Vulnerable Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents who need help with mobility aids, grants or getting work done around the house now have a new-look online service to assist them.

The new Somerset Independence Plus website helps to keep people safe and independent as possible in their own homes.

“Staff offer practical light touch solutions from small aids and equipment, minor works such as rails and ramping, to much larger scale works such as wet floor showers, stairlifts and extensions,” a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

“The team can assist with applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Some services are free, whilst others have a fee.”

“We have an independent advice centre that is fully equipped for individuals to come and try a range of equipment before they privately purchase to ensure you are getting what is right for you.”

“We inform individuals, their family and carers about how they can make their lives easier and live as independently as possible. There are staff on hand to help and advise upon the options available.”

Somerset Independence Plus is a partnership between Sedgemoor District Council, Mendip, Somerset County Council and Somerset West and Taunton Councils offering a range of options to vulnerable people across Somerset to meet their housing related needs.

“You can make an appointment or alternatively call in on one of the drop-in days. More information on how to book an appointment and details on the drop-in days can be found on the website.”

Flexibility of resources – including Disabled Facilities Grants – to increase independence and better outcomes for people. The service is a joined up approach across health, housing and social care.