Handy equipment exhibition to enable independent living in Kirklees

Together with MedEquip UK we are heading out a special event as part of Occupational Therapy Week, 6-12 November.

The exhibition on Friday 10 November, 9am – 4pm will be outside Huddersfield Bus Station. It’s a free event, providing an opportunity for Kirklees residents to seek advice from Occupational Therapists, find how to access support for their needs and take a look at equipment designed to help them live independently in their own homes for longer.

Assistive equipment available to purchase

MedEquip UK and Kirklees Council staff, will be demonstrating assistive technology, equipment, and adaptations that are available to support people who struggle with day-to-day tasks many people take for granted. They will also have items available to buy on the day, including kitchen aids such as jar openers and tap turners and personal care items like cream applicators and eye dropper dispensers.

The role of an Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists support residents who might struggle with day-to-day tasks like self-care, household chores or getting out and about. They take a holistic approach to help maximise a person’s strengths so they can remain independent and continue to carryout everyday tasks with confidence.

Councillor Jackie Ramsay, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said;

“I am proud to celebrate the amazing work our Occupational Therapists do to support thousands of our residents live independent and fulfilled lives. They shine a light on the human side of social care. Along with the specialist equipment, they make a significant difference to a person’s confidence, reduce anxiety, and help them continue to live their lives, their way. I would encourage people to come along on the day and see what support is available to them.”

Alex Roberts, Retail and Engagement Manager, MedEquip said;

“I am delighted to be supporting Occupational Therapy Week in Kirklees. Community engagement is important & creating awareness of what’s available can mean the difference between someone living independently or struggling with everyday tasks. I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new people at the event & celebrating all the fantastic things Occupational Therapists do to help people.  

Need support?

Residents seeking support should contact the council’s Community Health and Social Care Hub on 0300 304 5555.