Coping with a disability in your home can be a challenging task, but there are many different options for help and support. You could request for adaptations to be made to your home to make life easier, or get specialist equipment to support every day tasks.
You might need more help than that, such as someone coming to your home to help with the jobs you struggle with, such as cooking or cleaning. Salford Council, home care agencies and personal assistants can all support you.
Remploy is a specialist service that helps disabled adults find employment, and provides extra support when you have a job to help both employers and employees. You can also speak to a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at your local Jobcentre. They can help you develop new skills, look for jobs, and connect you with disability-friendly employers.
You don’t need to be confined to the house either, as Salford has lots of specialist support to help disabled adults get out and about around the area. You could request a blue badge, access transport via the Motability scheme or get free passes and reduced rates on buses and trains.
There are many charities and social groups who are dedicated to hosting events and activities specifically for those with disabilities, to help you meet new people and get involved in the community.
If you are deaf or struggle with your hearing, there are many different organisations in Salford who can provide support. Your GP may already have referred you to the audiology clinic to help identify and monitor the extent of any hearing loss.
Hearing aids can be a big help, and you might be able to get one from the NHS. Other specialist equipment is available for those hard of hearing too. Deaf support is provided at Swinton Gateway, with further help and advice.
Specialist help and advice is always available for anyone who is worried about their sight, or already living with vision impairments and blindness. Optometrists (opticians) can advise you on the best options for your current eyesight.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People has a dedicated helpline for anyone learning to cope and adapt with sight loss, and Henshaws Society can also offer specific help, advice and guidance on living with poor eyesight.
For anyone living with a disability in Salford, there are many different kinds of financial support and benefits, along with organisations that can help advise you on how to manage your money and choose the right services for you.
You may be entitled to a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a reduction in council tax, a grant for home adaptations, or free transport and other benefits, depending on your individual circumstances.
Parents with disabilities all have the right to support, so they can carry out their role as a parent effectively. If you have just started a family, you may need to have a new health and social care assessment to help determine the support you now need.
Help can come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your circumstances. Financial support is also available to cover childcare costs for all 3 and 4 year olds, and this may extend to some 2 year olds as well.
Salford Community Leisure - accessible sportsChoose from different venues across Salford all offering sports and activities for those with additional needs.
RemployProvides support for people with a disability looking for employment or in work.
Ring and RideDoor-to-door transport for people who struggle to use public transport, with journeys from as little as £1.