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Deafblind Scotland launches new Carers Advice Project in Fife
Deafblind Scotland is a specialist charity working with adults living with dual sensory impairment. It supports other single sensory impaired adults, with a visual impairment or deafness, who can benefit from its services. The organisation's ambitions are high for people with sensory loss, particularly those with dual sensory impairment, and they are therefore at the cutting edge of finding ways to support people to lead their most meaningful lives.
The new Carers Advice Project seeks to identify Carers with a sensory impairment or people they support who have a sensory impairment.
Deafblind Scotland will arrange home visits to identify needs and support for the Carer, their personal networks and to promote carers needs assessment.
This bespoke project, focusing on carers to ensure their wellbeing, will be provided through a unique home visiting service. Many people with a sensory impairment are older, they may be a carer or being cared for. This can lead to barriers in activating rights such as a lack of access to technology. The Project Worker will take online technology to the visit so that information and any forms can be accessed in the client’s home. This is also an example of the added value the Carers Advice project will bring where carers in Fife affected by sensory impairment will have access to the other forms of support that Deafblind Scotland offer, such as through internal referral to our technology project, communication & independent living skills, training, and health & mental health improvement programmes.
The project has several main aims which are:
Carers affected by sensory impairment and the people they care for will have an increased understanding of their rights and entitlements and how to access these.
Carers affected by sensory impairment and subsequently the people they care for will experience improvements in quality of life and mental health and well-being.
People with a sensory loss will have increased capacity for independent living, being able to live fuller, community-based lives for longer.
For more information on this project, please e-mail Maureen Macpherson, Project Worker for Carers Advice Project Fife (or phone: 07950 936 114).