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Help at Home, Getting Out and Living Independently

We all need a little bit of help sometimes be it with getting around, cleaning, preparing meals, personal care, DIY and gardening.

If you want to find an organisation in your area that can support you, try searching here on Staffordshire Connects.

There are a range of different organisations who can help you with personal and non personal needs. 

Just click on the menu below to find organisations and groups in your local area.

Where can I find 'places to go, activities and things to do'?

Try searching our 'places to go and things to do' section for details of:

  • Activities, clubs and groups that meet in your local area
  • Lunch club providers
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Befriending schemes
  • A variety of support groups and organisations

The Staffordshire County Council website also has lots of information that may be useful to help you to live independently and do things for yourself for longer.

 

I am feeling lonely or isolated, what can I do?

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, lacking a bit of confidence or can't get out due to mobility reasons, you could try a befriending scheme. Befriending schemes can offer companionship and support to you or the person you care for.

Take a look at a list of befriending schemes here on Staffordshire Connects. Depending on your needs some may offer a regular phone call and others may involve a befriender coming to visit you regularly to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat together.

Everyone Health Service

If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, and live in one of 52 identified areas in Staffordshire then the Everyone Health Service will be able to help. They can offer you a tailored programme of support.

So if you are feeling lonely or know someone who is, get in touch by ringing 0333 005 0095 or by emailing EHstaffs@everyonehealth.co.uk

You can also search our 'places to go and things to do' section for details of:

  • Activities, clubs and groups that meet in your local area
  • Lunch club providers
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • A variety of support groups and organisations

 

I need some help with transport?

Take a look the 'Travel and Transport' section section for details of:

  • A range of community transport schemes running in your local area
  • Mobility suppliers. There is a wide range of mobility equipment that you can hire or buy that can help you get out and about

There is also informration about travelling by bus or train, and how to apply for a blue badge if you're disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility.

The Help with Getting Out section also lists providers who are able to offer support with travel and getting out and about.  

I need some help with personal care?

Personal care is a broad term used to refer to supporting with personal hygiene and toileting, along with dressing and maintaining your personal appearance.

Here on Staffordshire Connects you can find Care agencies that can provide personal care in the home, and are inspected by CQC (the Care Quality Commission).

You could also consider employing a personal assistant, and more information about this this can be found on the Staffordshire County Council website.  

Many care agencies and personal assistants will also offer assistance with cleaning, shopping, preparing meals, gardening, accompanying you to appointments and social activities, support with paying bills and dealing with correspondence.

I need some help with paying for personal care?

If you are unable to self fund all of your own care, you may be able to have financial support from Staffordshire County Council. 

The amount of money that the Council can pay towards the cost of your care depends on your financial situation.

More information about this can be found on the Staffordshire County Council website 

If you do not qualify for any financial help, then paying for care and support can be complicated and expensive.

You should always seek independent financial advice and also see if you are eligible to claim any welfare benefits.

Use this free benefits calculator to check to see if you are entitled.

I need some support accessing 'places, activities and things to do' in my community?

There are some organisations that can help you to get to appointments, take you shopping and to social activities in your community. Take a look here on Staffordshire Connects.

Some will also help with household tasks such as housework, shopping for you or collecting it for you, and paying bills, as well as offering you company / friendship at the same time.   

Many home care agencies will also offer this type of assistance and many will also offer 'personal care services' if they are registered with CQC to provide this type of care. 

 

 

I need some support with housework / doing the shopping / DIY / gardening?

There are some organisations that can help you with household tasks such as shopping, housework, DIY and gardening. Some can help you with paper work / paying bills, as well as offering you company / friendship at the same time.

You may also want to consider online shopping, as many well known supermarkets offer home delivery options. There are many places that offer support with using computers, such as your local library. 

Some organisations will also help you get to appointments, take you shopping and to social activities in your community. 

Many home care agencies will also offer help at home type of assistance and many will also offer 'personal care services' if they are registered with CQC to provide this type of care. 

I want some information and advice about later life?

Staffordshire Cares

Staffordshire County Councils 'Staffordshire Cares' team handle all adult social care enquires and can offer advice and guidance relating to later life matters including discussing options that help make later life at home more manageable.

Call 0300 111 8000 for information or email: staffordshirecares@staffordshire.gov.uk

The Staffordshire County Council website also has information that you may find useful.  

Staffordshire Connects

If you want to find a local group, activity or event in your area to join, try searching here on Staffordshire Connects.   

Age Uk

If you need information and advice, you can contact the Age UK National Advice Line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 365 days a year from 8 am to 7 pm.

Age UK’s advice line is a free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Their team of expert advisers provide information and advice that covers every facet of later life, from helping people find out the benefits they are entitled to claim.

I need some help with communicating with people?

For those who need assistance with communication if you have hearing and/or visual sensory loss a communicator guide may be able to help.

For further infomation about employing a communicator guide, please see the Staffordshire County Council website

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