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Links for people who would like some practical help

There is a considerable amount of information available and many sources of help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us, either by calling the telephone Helpline or, better still, dropping in.

Some useful sources of information include:

  • In the home
  • Nursing support
  • Disabilities & equipment
  • Carers

If you need help in your own home, first contact the Social Services department of your local authority. They will be able to carry out an assessment of your needs. They will then be able to plan and organise appropriate care and support.

You may be asked to contribute to the cost of care, depending on your means.

If you need help with financial issues, please get in touch with the Benefits Adviser at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre.

UKHCA

UKHCA - United Kingdom Homecare Association

Professional association of homecare providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. Provides information on how to find appropriate homecare.

020 8661 8188

 

There are a number of community-based nursing services. We recommend that you speak to your GP or Clinical Nurse Specialist in the first instance to organise the most appropriate care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Provides care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in their hospices and offers support to their families.

0800 716146

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Work with other healthcare professionals to provide nursing care in your home. Service available by referral for patients in South Buckinghamshire, Dacorum and St Albans.

UKHCA

UKHCA - United Kingdom Homecare Association

Professional association of homecare providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. Provides information on how to find appropriate homecare.

020 8661 8188

If you are having difficulty managing certain tasks at home (for example getting in/out of the bath, dressing yourself, walking safely or standing up from your chair/bed) then you may benefit from some equipment to help.

Some independent living aids may be obtained free of charge so check with your GP or health care professional before buying products.

You can also contact your local borough Social Services and ask to speak with a Community Occupational Therapist for advice about obtaining equipment or to be assessed for adaptations for the home.

The list below gives details of organisations that offer advice, loan or sell equipment to help you cope at home.

> More information about care and support that can be arranged for you...

 

British Red Cross

British Red Cross

Short term loan of equipment, eg, wheelchairs. Contact your local office.

0844 871 1111

Disabled Living Foundation

Disabled Living Foundation

Advice on aids and equipment for disabled and older people. Advice on where to buy them. Demonstration centre for equipment.

Manage at Home

Manage at Home

Specialist UK retailer of mobility aids, mobility products and equipment.

0800 910 1864

Mobility Equipment Hire Direct

Mobility Equipment Hire Direct

Mobility equipment hire for a holiday, a short stay away from home or an event.

0800 644 6062

 

Mount Vernon Hospital Comforts Fund shop

Stocks a range of small aids including long-handled grabbers, stocking aids, long-handled shoe horns and sponges.

Located on the hospital site in Northwood.

Mon-Fri 10.00am-3.30pm.

01923 826111 ext 2175

Scope - the DIAL network

Scope

Supports the DIAL network, an independent network of local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people.

0130 231 0123

Ways and Means

Ways and Means

High quality disability equipment and rehab supplies, including mobility products and disability aids.

0845 508 9553

 

> download leaflet HHC294 about equipment

Carers Direct - confidential information and advice for carers

Carers Direct

Confidential information and advice for carers.

0300 123 1053

Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire

Support and information for carers in Hertfordshire, helping them look after their own physical and emotional wellbeing.

01992 586969

Carers Trust

Carers Trust

Works with partner organisations to provide information, advice and practical support to carers.

0844 800 4361

Carers UK

Carers UK

Provides information, advice and support for carers.

Advice line: 0808 808 7777

Independent Age

Independent Age

Support, befriending, advice and information for older people and carers on their entitlement to care and palliative care.

0800 319 6789

Information for carers

Carers

This leaflet has been produced by the LJMC and includes tips for carers as well as useful contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: July 28, 2016