Livewell Southwest has launched a new venture at Mount Gould Local Care Centre (LCC) which will make it easy for people to access independence and mobility aids.
The Livewell Independence Centre opens its doors on Monday, October 1, taking over the shop premises in the foyer previously run by the charity Guideposts Trusts.
Livewell’s healthcare professionals, including those in occupational therapy and podiatry, are advising the retail team on increased ranges and variety of suitable stock, ensuring customers can easily choose and buy the supplies and equipment they need. The approach and decision to take on this venture fits well with Livewell’s ambition as a community health and social care provider to support people to stay safe, well and at home.
Mobility aids such as scooters, wheelchairs, walking frames, and sticks will be on offer, alongside many other items that support independent living, including shoes and hosiery from Cosyfeet, the experts in producing shoes for people with swollen or painful feet. Continence products, commodes and a wide variety of household equipment designed to help people with a range of impairments and disabilities.
Members of the public as well as people attending clinics and services at the LCC are welcome to call in for advice, and online ordering will shortly be available.
The venture is a social enterprise and as such any surplus raised from sales through the centre will be reinvested in community healthcare services.
Nigel Newman and Julie Turner will continue to run the centre, ensuring continuity of customer care. They both have many years’ experience in the sector and a unique understanding of the full range of mobility products, enabling them to identify the products that are best suited to an individual’s needs.
Nigel said: “The Local Care Centre at Mount Gould is the ideal location for a mobility centre, as it means people can conveniently pick up whatever they need after their appointments. We’ve built up a regular clientele over the years and I’m delighted that we are going to able to provide a continuing service as well as offering more choice with a wider range of products.”
As well as sales and advice in the centre, Nigel carries out home assessments to make sure customers get the right products, and offers maintenance and servicing on items.
The centre will continue to be open 9am – 4pm weekdays and free information on healthy living and wellbeing will be available to pick up or just pop in for advice.
Guideposts Trust is a charity which supports people facing the challenges of ageing, caring, learning disabilities and mental health, across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.