Resources for people looking for elderly care and support including news on Safe Care, COVID-19 guidelines
We recommend the following resources for seniors and those who care for seniors.
National COVID-19 Guidance For up to date government guidelines
Review current local COVID-19 advice here by typing in your postcode to discover the current alert level and relevant advice. Seniors Helping Seniors has achieved a S.A.F.E care badge
There have been changes to shielding guidance for vulnerable people and the advice changes depending on the alert levels in your area.
Government guidance on shielding has now been paused. This means big changes to the daily life for many people previously told to stay indoors to protect themselves from the virus.
Safe Care: Seniors Helping Seniors achieved the S.A.F.E Care badge October 2020
Out of hours services Updated information published by NHS on who to call and where to go if you need medical help or you run out of medication over Christmas
HousingCare – Information for older people
Age UK – National organisation / Love later Life
NHS – Continuing Health Care
Silver line – Help line for older people
Alzheimer’s Society – The UK’s leading support service and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them. Christmas can be a challenging time with this disease. Alzheimer’s is resourced to handle the increased calls they receive over the holidays and they have helped thousands of families with similar questions to yours, please call them if you need support
Autumna Care With a focus on self-funding families, Autumna supports all elder care enquiries through a website which has useful search function and they have an advice line that operates 7 days a week. Get in touch and speak with Debbie or any member of her team on 01892 335 330
Social Media resources
Dementia The journey ahead offers practical advice and emotional support from the patient’s diagnosis through final departure.
Dementia Family Support A closed group on Facebook to support one another caring for someone with dementia or simply to learn. Let’s leave a legacy for future carers. Group Administrators will approve your application to join the group
Parkinson’s UK – Support and research charity
The Money Advice Centre – Free and independent Money advice on care and other topics
Seniors Discounts – is the largest age specific discount platform in the UK
Carers Oxfordshire has built a national reputation for reaching and supporting carers in innovative ways.
Pippa Kelly is an award-winning blogger, journalist and author. She writes regularly in the national press and specialist publications about dementia, with which her mother lived for a decade, and elderly care issues. Pippa is an inspirational public speaker.
We have kind permission of both Pippa and Carers Oxfordshire to share Pippa’s talk about the long distance caring she shared with her siblings. This frank and personal account offers support as well as good advice on Continuing care allowance, Power of Attorney and in home care. Pippa talks about guilt, frustration and exhaustion as she moved her parents from their family home and into a ‘more suitable flat’ How they did it and how it made her feel. At the time Seniors Helping Seniors was not available in her parents town but happily we have now opened in Surrey (December 2017)!
Nourish We met Jane Clarke earlier this year and have been following her ever since. Jane offers great advice and recipes for anyone with a frail appetite. She has some lovely ideas for Christmas drinks and festive food. Well worth a look.
More Food ideas- Seniors Helping Seniors has tested recipes for healthy eating and slow cooking. Our tasty recipes use metric measurements to help those who may deal better with ounces rather than grams. These are recipes for slow cookers which we recommend for safety and low cost cooking Recipe 2 – Recipe Bundle
Keep well – self-screening to monitor risks of malnutrition (BAPEN)
Spring Chicken – Making life easier and brighter as you get older
Campaign to end loneliness – Help and information on loneliness
Caron Cares – Advice & information for anyone caring for the elderly. Caron’s advice is easy to read and she provides very useful products such as Dementia Assistance cards
Sing for your life – Local group improving the health and wellbeing for older people through music
Independent Age – Advice and support for older age, Independent Age campaign and you can read about the successes of 2017
My Ageing Parents – Help and tips
Contact The Elderly – Charitable companion services
Turn to us – A service connecting you to benefits and grants
Mature Times – News specially selected because it affects older people
When they get older – Help guides
MNT – Medical News Today
Design 2 Enable – Stay active with style
Co-operative Independent Living – Aids for Daily Living
Join Dementia Research – For research info and access to drug trials
The Able Label high-quality garments specifically been designed to make dressing easier.
Care Charts UK – Remember-I’m-Me™ Care charts based on symbols
Active Minds – Activity Products for Dementia
Sporting Memories Network – Improving the wellbeing of people through reminisence
Playlist for Life – Connecting music, people and memories
Memory Bank – An outstanding dementia care product
Nutrition and dementia – Alzheimer’s Disease International
Paid for help services
3 Rings – Contact service
Life Line – 24 hour personal alarm (Canterbury)
SOLLA – SOLLA helps people and their families find a trusted and accredited local financial adviser who understand financial needs in later life. A well-qualified financial adviser who is specially trained to understand the plans you need to make for your retirement years.
Health Watch – Your spotlight on health and social care services
First Stop – Advice for older people
Good care guide – Care services listing
Home care – Home Care recommendations
Member Associations include
Dementia Friends – Make life better for people with dementia (SHS is a Champion)
UKHCA – United Kingdom Home Care Association
Age Action Alliance – Improving older people’s lives (member)
Social care commitment – people who need care and support with high quality services (member)
Action on Elder Abuse challenges and works to prevent the abuse of older people, through the provision of services resources and training (member)
The Wrinkly Network – The Wrinkly Network is a business membership providing a full range of support services for businesses, organisations and community groups who provide products and services for retired, elderly and vulnerable communities – We became members to fast track the joined up approach to tackling the issues elderly people face – “joining up” is something social care talks about all the time but we found it to be a slow process, so we took action! Public events showcase great local facilities on offer (member)
Training for carers – bespoke training courses