Older People

 

Useful Information for Older People

Useful Information for Older People pdf leaflet

Activities

Get up and go Programme
(magazine available at GP surgery)
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/getupandgo/
getupandgo@edinburgh.gov.uk

Attendance Allowance

0345 605 6055
www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance

Benefits Advice:

The Advice Shop, High Street – 0131 200 2360
advice.shop@edinburgh.gov.uk

Bereavement Counselling

Cruse – 0845 600 2227
www.crusescotland.org.uk

Care and Repair (handyperson service)

0131 337 1111
www.careandrepairedinburgh.org.uk
reception@careandrepairedinburgh.org.uk

Carers Information:

CA(I)RE Project, Eric Liddell Centre – 0131 446 3321/3317
www.ericliddell.org
Oxgangs Pentland Carer Project – 0131 445 3332
VOCAL – Voice of Carers across Lothian – 0131 622 6666
www.vocal.org.uk

Chiropody

Advice, videos, and a self-referral form are available on the NHS Lothian website:
www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Community/EdinburghCHP/Services/Pages/Podiatry.aspx
GP referral needed if housebound
NHS Lothian Podiatry Department (Slateford) – 0131 455 9860

Continence garments:

District Nurses – 0131 228 7503

Disabled Living Centre

Astley Ainslie Hospital – 0131 537 9190

Edinburgh Council

Website with general information and advice for older people
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20076/adults_and_older_people

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes

0808 808 2282

Fire Safety

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Home fire safety visit) – 0800 0731 999
www.firescotland.gov.uk/

Free TV Licence (for over 75s)

0300 790 6131

Garden Aid Service

0131 529 7881

Health Information

NHS Inform – 0800 22 44 88
www.nhsinform.scot

Hearing Impairment

Action on Hearing Loss (new name for RNID) – 0808 808 0123
Textphone – 0808 808 9000
www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

Home Care / Respite Care Information

Social Care Direct – 0131 200 2324

Lunch clubs/ Day centres etc

Social Care Direct (general info) – 0131 200 2324
Also see above under ‘Activities’

Out of Hours

NHS 24 – 111
www.nhs24.com

Personal Alarms and Home Safety Devices

Assessment and advice service – 0131 529 7661

Sheltered and Supported Living

Sheltered Housing Support Services – 0131 529 7002
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20101/supported_housing_and_care_homes/814/sheltered_housing

Social Work Department

Social Care Direct – 0131 200 2324

Transport

Blue Badge (for disabled parking) – 0131 469 3891
www.bluebadgescotland.org
Bus pass (One Edinburgh team) – 0131 200 2351
Dial a bus (handicabs) – 0131 447 1718
Dial a ride (handicabs) – 0131 447 9949
www.handicabs.org.uk
Taxicard – 0131 469 3891

Visual Impairment

Royal National Institute for the blind – 0303 123 9999
www.rnib.org.uk

War Disablement Pension

0808 1914 2 18
www.veterans-uk.com

Winter Fuel Payment

0345 9 15 15 15
www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

Last updated 11 March 2016

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