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Support to live independently

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Improve your physical and mental health to help you to stay active and independent for longer.

We know that people value their independence and would prefer to live independently at home for as long as possible. Sometimes, this may mean getting extra help  for short periods of time or making adjustments at home to help  with day to day tasks.

This section offers you practical suggestions on how you can remain as independent as possible, advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, information on the types of equipment that are available to help you around your home and the support that’s available within your local community and beyond.

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Whatever your situation, there are many simple things you can do to improve your physical and mental health to help you to stay active and independent for longer.

For example, maintaining a more active lifestyle can lead to reduced risks of a range of illnesses and conditions, increased strength and energy levels and reduced risk of falls. Read more in our Health and Wellbeing section.

Find things to do in your community

Improving your overall fitness and strength will not only help you to remain living independently in your own home for longer, but also enable you to get out and about and join in local groups and activities, pursue a new hobby or learn a new skill.

There are many benefits of socialising with family and friends and participating in clubs and activities in your community. It is thought to improve brain health as well as your general feeling of wellbeing.

Whatever your interests, visit  Getting out and about discover what’s going on in your local area.

Live well at home

If you feel you could benefit from some additional help and support to stay living at home, take a look at our section on equipment and housing.  You will find information and advice on the different equipment and technology  available to help you live independently at home for longer.

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Last updated: 09 December 2021