Sensory needs

 If you suffer from very poor eyesight or hearing, we may be able to help you. The help we can offer depends entirely on your needs and circumstances.

Registering your hearing and sight loss can make it easier to get support.  It can also help with benefits and getting concessions such as travel, parking and TV licence.

 The support you may be entitled to includes:

  • information on benefits
  • information on voluntary groups and employment services in respect of sight and hearing loss
  • personal, practical and social care and support in your home if you are living independently (home care)
  • aids, equipment and house adaptations to help with daily living
  • appointments for weekly clinics held at the Bridgewell Centre so that you can speak to an occupational therapist and try out equipment
  • short term respite care which can sometimes be arranged in your own home
  • help with mobility and communication skills
  • liaison with other organisations, such as education, health and voluntary groups
  • housing advice about which housing options are available to you

Application process

Not everyone will be entitled to support. Please contact the Sensory Needs team to arrange an assessment of your needs. We will then advise you as to what support we can provide you with.

Sensory Impairment Strategy

The council implements a commissioning strategy for people with a sensory impairment. This strategy has been in place since 2008 and will continue to run until 2014.

The strategy investigated the needs of individuals and the community in general to allow us to implement the best possible care for people with sensory impairments in the borough.

Find out more about the full sensory impairment strategy

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