Some resources from Comparethemarket.com
Living independently doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help if you need it. There are a wide variety of resources that exist to give you the helping hand you need to maintain your independence at home.
Here are some of the practical, easy-to-follow tips from our guide:
Setting up an accessible home – suitable measures that you want to take
Independent living options, including specialized housing and communities
How to manage your finances when living independently
Home safety guidance – crime prevention, gas and fire, home maintenance, flood preparation
We also provide seniors with wide-ranging guidance and support, like:
Understand which benefits you’re entitled to, like attendance allowance, given to those over State Pension age or who have an illness or disability.
Consider investing in an access ramp, widened doorways, and a portable hoist. These can all make independent living much easier! Shared ownership schemes are great for people aged 55 and over, and almshouses (houses run by charitable trusts) are good options too.
Resources: Public Health England’s ‘Active at Home’ booklet can be found at:
“How to practice responsible tourism during COVID-19”
The goal of the Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) is to educate at least one new person a day about the danger of asbestos and asbestos related diseases. The United Kingdom possesses one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, largely because the UK government permitted the use of asbestos long after other countries outlawed the mineral’s use. They have created a new guide that comprehensively covers asbestos in the UK. You can check it out here: https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/uk/
Peckham Pantry is a membership scheme that will make your money go further. For a small weekly subscription of £4.50, members of Peckham Pantry will be able to buy food – including fresh fruit and veg and store cupboard favourites – to the value of £15.
Since March 2020 Borough Food Cooperative has been running a food redistribution service from their church kitchen! During lockdown, they offered a free grocery delivery service for those in the local community, helping people receive fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pantry staples. They have also been delivering meals prepared by fantastic volunteer chefs too! Starting in October 2020, they have expanded their efforts and set up the Borough Food Cooperative. With help from organisations like FareShare, the Borough Food Cooperative will be acting as a subsidized supermarket, offering members to stop in and pick up £15 worth of groceries for £4.50. https://www.stgeorge-themartyr.co.uk/page/42/borough-food-cooperative
The British Red Cross has some exciting new online resources to help empower people who may be feeling lonely, and provide them with tools to build confidence, reach out to others and look to the future.
Please share these resources. They are all free and can be found at: www.redcross.org.uk/loneliness-resources. Anyone wishing to be notified when they new resources become available on their website can sign up for updates.
Here is the latest advice from the World Health Organisation, including videos for handling masks.
From the National Pensioners’ Convention June Bulletin. Twitter / Facebook pages: @NPCUK. Fraudsters claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace.📞If NHS Test and Trace calls you, it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000. 💻The only website to visit is: http://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Action Fraud no. attached.⚠️Contact tracers never ask you to do the following:
Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting with 09 or O87)
Ask you to make any form of payment
Ask for any details about your bank account
Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
Ask you for any passwords or PINs or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
Ask you to purchase a product
Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.
Help for veterans (Lily Jones) https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/
Whilst not meeting in person, https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/ are still here for wider learning opportunities to our community at home.
Various resource links for Older people’s assistance, including Covid-19 help.
Mind mental wellbeing during Coronavirus https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Isolation Wellbeing Pack from SGTO (Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations. http://www.southwarkpensioners.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Isolation-Wellbeing-Pack-newsletter_compressed.pdf
Government Coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Shielding and protecting older people https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Dealing with anxiety https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/managing-anxiety-breathing
https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/managing-your-energy-covid19Some publications from Independent Age
Independent Age Blogs – HERE http://www.independentage.org/news-media/independent-age-blog
Independent Age Support – HERE https://www.independentage.org/get-support
Independent Age Get Involved – HERE https://www.independentage.org/get-involved
Independent Age Campaigning – HERE http://www.independentage.org/campaigning
Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling
Care & Repair England have updated their Living Safely
and Well at Home brochure offering practical hints and tips about how to make the home safer https://housingactionblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/living-safely-well-2020.pdf
…as well as a ‘Living Safely Well Self Trainer http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LIVING-SAFELY-WELL-SELF-TRAINER-2020.pdf
for families concerned about the safety of older relatives.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research
Unit in Older People and Frailty has created the leaflet
below: HOW TO STAY WELL during the Coronavirus outbreak:
5 key messages for people living with dementia
Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations have provided us
with a very informative Isolation Wellbeing pack. It has some great
links to museums, galleries and other mood lifting public spaces that are doing things online. Click here.
Accessible information for organisations serving the
community – Covid-19
Information is being issued daily. The most up-to-date information can be
found on the government
website which is in English and here are a number
of campaign resources on the Public Health England website again in English so the links below may be useful for you.
Guidance on protecting extremely vulnerable people (shielding) –
protecting people that are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from
Covid-19. Available in easy read.
Mental health charity MIND has produced
information about Coronavirus and wellbeing. Their website also includes links to important information about Covid-19 and staying well.