Independent Living Centre
Walsall’s Independent Living Centre is a facility for disabled people, carers, older people and professionals which offers support and advice on independent living issues. The centre specialises in up to date equipment for the home, information on a variety of disability-related topics, Shopmobility and wheelchair loan services.
For more information, look at the Independent Living Centre leaflet (PDF 343KB).
Come and see us!
As well as being available at the centre to offer advice and assistance, we will be out and about in the community telling everyone about what's on offer. Please do come and see us!
A Dementia Cafe is held at the Centre every 1st Friday of the month 2.00pm-4.00pm. For further details, please contact us.
Information and advice
The ILC provides a wide range of information and advice on various health conditions, holidays for disabled people, welfare benefits, housing, Motobility and much more. There are Independent Living facilitators on hand to help you with your query if you need more assistance, and specialists who can guide you through some of the more complex issues that you may be facing.
A member of the Occupational Therapy Service will be available to provide advice and information regarding all aspects of daily living, from simple gadgets through to the latest technology, from kettle tippers to advice regarding major adaptations to your home.
A wide range of equipment is available for demonstration and assessment including items available from social services and health and alternatives available for private purchase.
Telecare and Telehealth
You can also get advice on and view demonstrations of telecare and telehealth equipment.
Telecare equipment can help people to remain living in their own homes for longer with greater independence, confidence and safety. This includes things like pendant alarms, key safes and falls detectors. This equipment is available for older people, disabled people, carers and in some cases children and young people.
Telehealth is the remote monitoring of a patient’s medical condition. With modern technology, patients can be monitored in their own homes without having to visit their GP surgery or local hospital. Examples of things which can be monitored are blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation levels.
We offer a daily drop-in service at the ILC (half days). These are for anyone who is a Walsall resident and is Deaf, Deafblind and/or has sensory support issues. The service provides advice, support, information and signposting details to help people improve and/or maintain their quality of life.
½ day session times for drop-in only are:
- Monday 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Tuesday 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Wednesday 1.00pm – 4.00pm
- Thursday 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Friday 1.00pm – 4.00pm
All our staff are experienced workers who are part of Walsall Social Care and all can communicate using BSL. The Sensory Support Team also conduct sensory loss assessments and environmental aid assessments at the ILC following a referral, an assessment time will be booked in.
A wide range of equipment for people with a sensory loss is available for demonstration and assessment including items available from social services and health. Alternatives are available for private purchase.
You can contact us on:
Telephone: 0845 111 2922
Fax: 01922 476784
Text/SMS mobile: 07834114482
Facetime: ILCTeam@walsall.gov.uk (only iPhone, iPad & iPod)
- Facetime is a method of communication that enables individuals to talk face to face with members of staff, using a built-in FaceTime camera on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac.
Tango: ILCTeam@walsall.gov.uk (only Smart Phone)
iMessage: ILCTeam@walsall.gov.uk (only iPhone, iPad & iPod)
Short Term Wheelchair Loan Service
This is a free service for people who need a wheelchair at home for a period of up to six weeks due to a short term mobility problem, such as a broken leg, a hip injury or foot problems. The service can be extended for a further six weeks on request.
If you need a wheelchair for a longer period please consult your GP and ask about long term wheelchair loan.
The Shopmobility service provides mobility equipment for hire to help you visit the wide range of Walsall town centre amenities such as shops, the market and leisure facilities.
For more information, go to the Shopmobility web page.
ILC opening times
The Gadget Gateway is a dedicated online resource that gives information on the assistive technology and telecare products available, including how you can be assessed. The link above will take you to Walsall’s dedicated web site.
Independent Living Centre
Telephone 01922 650790
Textphone 0845 111 2910
This page was last updated on 14 November 2014