Brand new mobility assessment centre unveiled at Wood Green's Winkfield Resource Centre
Haringey Council has opened a brand new state of the art mobility assessment clinic facility at the Winkfield Resource Centre in Wood Green - helping people to visualise what is possible in their own home.
Investment from the Department of Health Social Grant means that the council can now offer new, quicker, more accessible comprehensive assessments at the Winkfield.
The service will offer people best fit adaptations to their homes. Meanwhile bringing people to the Winkfield for assessments on-site will allow them and their carers to explore a range of adult services on offer at the centre and be even more responsive and efficient in offering vital adaptations. This is really important for the council to enable people to remain in their own homes for longer, but with the care and support they need.
Haringey residents can arrange assessments themselves through contacting the Integrated Access Team if they feel they are struggling to manage independent living. This could mean help to get up and down stairs, their kitchen and bathroom fittings, and other facets of their home life. Alternatively people can be referred by their GPs or by friends and family or key workers.
Up to now many of these assessments have taken place in people’s homes but residents were uncertain to the scope of the works, equipment to be installed or the range of equipment available. Brand new equipment at the Winkfield, will allow a more thorough and efficient assessment of people’s needs, within one week of making the initial contact. Being able to see the equipment will enable people to visualise what is possible in their own home without having to move.
Haringey’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services Cllr Vanier visited the centre and tested the new equipment, along with Haringey’s new Chief Executive Nick Walkley and Haringey’s Mayor, Cllr David Browne.
“These impressive new facilities allow residents to see the sorts of adaptations available for their homes actually working and give them a real sense of what might be achievable. The equipment showed the advances that have been made to enable more people to live at home independently.“It was also fantastic to see how many activities were going on at the Winkfield. Many of the classes such as photography, social media, dance, arts, crafts and jewellery making could help people who might otherwise be isolated to connect with others in the community.“Being able to show case these to people who are coming in for home assessments is another reason to celebrate the new assessment centre.”