Self help guide

A WEBSITE offering help and advice to people with a range of day-to-day needs is now available with information localised for people living in Cambridgeshire.

AskSARA is a self help guide that enables people to identify equipment that may help them in their daily lives, including information on manufacturers and local suppliers.

Cambridgeshire’s version is being promoted as a flagship for providing local information by the Disabled Living Foundation.

AskSARA takes users through a set of guided questions leading to general advice and recommendations on what equipment would be suitable to meet their particular needs.

It provides information on local sources of equipment including retail outlets, mail order and demonstration centres. People receive a review of the recommended equipment before they buy. This allows them to compare and make informed choices about which equipment will best meet their needs.

County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Martin Curtis, said: “AskSARA is very user friendly and widely accessible regardless of people’s age or ability. Information is provided in jargon free, plain English that can be easily understood without the need for professional supervision.

“The Disabled Living Foundation, who host the AskSARA website, intend to promote Cambridgeshire as their flagship site for offering a local solution to people’s need for equipment. This is a reflection of the hard work put in by social care staff in Cambridgeshire to ensure the information people get is useful and reflects what is actually available locally.”

AskSARA went live on February 1. Access is via the pages offering advice about equipment on Cambridgeshire’s adult social care website Your Life, Your Choice www.yourlifeyourchoice.org.uk or go straight to AskSARA at: http://www.asksara.org.uk/?auth=cambridgeshire

The AskSARA services builds on the help, advice and support which is already provided by social care and health services in Cambridgeshire.