Help and support for carers: useful links

Age UK Wiltshire

Services include: befriending, signposting and financial advice.

Age UK Wiltshire website (www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire)

Alzheimer's Society

Services include: dementia support, meet and eat and singing for the brain.

Alzheimer's Society website: North Wiltshire Office (www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/custom_scripts/branch.php?branch=true&branchCode=14580)

Alzheimer's Support

Trowbridge Office

Services include: information and advice, day clubs, support at home

Alzheimer's Support (East and West Wiltshire) website (www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/)

British Red Cross

Great Western Hospital (GWH) Office
Home from Hospital Service
Tel: 01793 646376

Care Line

Services (provided by Swindon Borough Council) include: equipment and aids, residential and nursing home care, benefit agency information.

Swindon Borough Council website: Care Line (www.swindon.gov.uk/sc/Pages/sc-adults-careline.aspx)

Carer's Assessment

As a carer, you are entitled to a Carer's Assessment.

For information about this, and for a wide range of other information please see Swindon Borough Council's My Care My Support website (http://mycaremysupport.co.uk/).

Carer Support Wiltshire

(This service is for people who pay Council Tax to Wiltshire County Council.)

Services include: carer support, emergency card scheme, free carer breaks.

Carer Support Wiltshire website (http://carersinwiltshire.co.uk/)

Carers UK

For comprehensive general advice please see the Carers UK website (www.carersuk.org/).

Directgov

There is further information for carers on the Directgov website (www.gov.uk/).

This includes information about support services, money matters, carers' rights, caring for someone while working; and looking after yourself while you are caring.

End of life care

Please see Palliative care.

Homeline and Homeline+

Swindon Borough Council's home emergency response service.

Swindon Borough Council website: Homeline and Homeline+ (www.swindon.gov.uk/sc/Pages/Homeline.aspx)

Learning disabilities

For information about patients with learning difficulties, including the My Health in Hospital passport, please see Learning disabilities.

MHA - Live at Home

A charity providing care, accommodation and support services for older people.

Services include: services to support you in your home, coffee mornings, befriending, lunch clubs.

MHA website (www.mha.org.uk)

MIND (the mental health charity)

MIND website (www.mind.org.uk)

National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society website (www.autism.org.uk).

PALS

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) provides confidential advice and support to patients, relatives and carers, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about the care we provide, guiding you through the different services available from the NHS.

Please see Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Royal Voluntary Services

Formerly the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS)

Services include: transport to hospital, GP surgeries, dentist surgeries, shopping and other functions.

Royal Voluntary Services website (www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/)

Swindon Carers Centre

(This service is for people who pay Council Tax to Swindon Borough Council.)

Services include: carer support, emergency card scheme, carer breaks.

Swindon Carers Centre website (www.swindoncarers.org.uk)

This is me

This is a tool (developed by the Alzheimer's Society) for people with dementia who are receiving professional care in any setting - at home, in hospital, in respite care or a care home.

Alzheimer's Society website: This is me (www.alzheimers.org.uk/thisisme)

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