Resources for Older Adults
New Palliative Care Service
From April 2021 a new palliative care service is being offered with direct access to palliative care specialist nurses. This can be accessed via 111 option 3. See link for information. Click here.
Free service - Help at Home
This is a reminder of a service that the NHS is funding to provide free short term practical help to people who live in Cambridgeshire to help avoid an admission or after a hospital stay. The service is called Help at Home and we can:
Check people are ok
Fetch a prescription
Arrange other services eg: meals on wheels, community care alarms, key safes etc
Any other practical help – please ask.
It only takes a phone call to refer on 01223 714433.
Please let us know if you would like some leaflets or a laminated poster for your ward, or contact me on the number below if you would like further information.
Direct Services Manager
Care Network, Cambridgeshire
Tel. 01954 211919
Resources for older people and people with memory problems
There are many sources of information and help for older people, their relatives and carers. Some people want to know more about their medical conditions, others want help with practical problems and everyone wants to live as full a life as possible. People are all different but this is a list of resources we have found useful. If you live outside Cambridgeshire, all the organisations will tell you how to contact your local service.
Cambridgeshire County Council.
Information about services provided by health and adult social care with links to guided advice about daily living from Cambridgeshire County Council.
Website Telephone: adult social care enquiries 0345 045 5202
Information from the government about benefits etc. Website
As they put it, growing older doesn’t come with a manual, but Age UK has a range of information guides and factsheets to help you deal with some of the challenges faced in later life. The information they produce is impartial and easy to digest – it’s also free of charge.
Website Telephone: Age UK free information and advice line on 0800 169 6565
Age UK Cambridgeshire 0300 666 9860
Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire
Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire supports carers of all ages across the county and also offers flexible, professional care services to adults with a range of disabilities and health conditions. This includes advice about respite care.
Website Telephone: 0845 241 0954; in Addenbrooke’s, call Sarah on: 07540 667 543
Care Network’s Help at Home
Care Network’s Help at Home service offers free short-term help for people returning home after a hospital stay, who are unwell at home, or who need help to remain independent at home. Volunteers visit over 2-3 weeks and offer help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, checking people are ok or other practical help.
Website Telephone: anyone can refer, just call 01223 714433
A website that helps to find a care home, day care, live-in care, respite care etc. This is for the private sector and therefore it is not free at the point of use.