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Tavistock events for residents with mobility problems

20th February 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

A Tavistock charity is putting on quiz events for the area’s elderly and isolated residents with mobility problems. Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) is holding fun quiz afternoons to offer weekly social events for the area’s elderly who rely on stair lifts and mobility aids in the home to dispel isolation. 

For many elderly residents in the Tavistock area loneliness can be a big part of their daily life, so TASS is encouraging older citizens to come along to their Friday afternoon quizzes, where they can socialise and get involved with the local community. With February seeing the start of regular fundraising events put on by the service, many in the community are expected to benefit from the exciting programme.

TASS Services

Alongside the Friday quiz afternoons, TASS helps residents with restricted mobility who rely on home stair lifts and mobility aids with a number of transport services. Volunteers help elderly residents get to hospital and other appointments, as well as providing valuable information and advice which they may not be able to access by other means.

The Support Services’ Shopmobility Scheme helps vulnerable residents with limited mobility use wheelchairs and electric scooters to visit shops in the local area. The scheme has proved to be a lifeline for residents who need specially adapted walk in showers at home as, with the extra help available outside the home, they can now truly achieve a more independent lifestyle.

While the service already helps with mobility when out and about, they have also looked to address the problems that can still occur inside the home, such as loneliness. The new Friday quiz afternoons can help to offer a well-rounded lifestyle and provide weekly activities for local elderly residents. The quiz afternoons are to start on 21st February between 2.15pm and 4.30pm, with just a £2.50 charge to cover refreshments and prizes provided at the event.

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