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Support to live independently

Skills to live independently

If you want to do more for yourself or if you are thinking about moving into your own home there are many ways to learn new skills.

You could take part in courses that will help you learn new skills such as:

  • home management skills
  • cooking and domestic tasks
  • budgeting
  • a healthy lifestyle

Dorset Adult Learning offer courses to gain living skills such as money management or food preparation. Often these course are free or very affordable.

You can learn new skills at day centres or through Shared Lives schemes. You can go there for one off or regular visits.

Home adaptations and equipment

You can get equipment or have adaptations made to your home to make it easier to be independent. The type of support you could get will depend on your needs but it could make it easier to:

  • move around the house
  • carry out everyday tasks and chores
  • care for yourself e.g. washing or cleaning

Equipment or adaptations may include:

  • assistive technology such as to remind you to take your tablets or to show you how to use things like the washing machine
  • hand rails, wider doorways and ramps to make it easier for you to move around your home
  • Telecare - This works through a 'Careline' connected to your telephone.  Careline gives you a button to press in case you need help. This alerts parents or carers or a 24 hour monitoring and response centre. This option can reassure your parents or carers that you are safe at home.

Find out more about equipment and home adaptations and see if you are eligible.

Preparing meals and buying food

Healthy eating


See Change 4 LifeNHS eating and cooking guidance and the Food - a fact of life for:
  • meal ideas and visual step by step recipes/videos
  • shopping tips
  • nutrition and healthy living advice
  • cooking tips

There is also support to help you learn how to prepare meals and help with your food shop.

This may include:

  • help with your food shopping, including learning how to budget, and to shop for food online
  • help to get to shops including teaching you how to use public transport
  • learning to plan and cook you own meals
  • help to plan a meal in a restaurant with your friends. You could do this through your local Friendship Club

Visit the Disability Living Foundation website for further information and advice.

Other help you can get if this is not enough


If you would like help from the council we will need to find out if you meet our eligibility criteria. We'll also need to know if we will pay something towards the cost of your care at home. Contact us to get help.

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