New facility boosts Bexley's disabled
PUBLISHED: 12:01 10 December 2012
Bexley's blind and disabled residents got a boost on Saturday (8) when a purpose-built storage facility for specialist equipment opened in Slade Green.
It will house more than 300 different types of equipment including adjustable hospital beds and will also include a warehouse, equipment demonstration unit and shop.
The facility will be run by the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES), which provides equipment to allow disabled people to live at home with a degree of independence.
It will be based at the Inspire Community Trust headquarters, in Whitehall Lane.
Ranjit Bhamra, co-chair of Inspire, which provides services in Bexley for people with disabilities, said: “Our equipment demonstration unit and the shop will provide a user-friendly service for promoting health and well-being among people with physical disabilities and sight problems, as well as for older people.”
The new development is part of Inspire’s objective to improve community services for people with disabilities in the borough.
Bexley Cllr Chris Taylor said: “This service is very important and supports the excellent work staff do to help people leave hospital as soon as they can while supporting them to live in the community.”