National useful contacts
Part of the Disabled Living Foundation, AskSARA is an easy-to-use, award-winning online self-help guide that is particularly useful if you are not sure what practical items might help you.
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA)
Works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults.
Inspires, supports and enables older people.
Tel: 0800 169 2081
Association of Charity Officers
A national umbrella body for benevolent charities.
Publisher of this Directory, Care Choices also runs a free helpline, designed to generate reports of care providers which match your specific needs.
Freephone: 0800 389 2077
High quality advice and information to carers and the professionals who support them.
Tel: 0808 808 7777
Disabled Living Foundation, The (DLF)
A national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living.
Simple electronic aids can be borrowed from them for free for up to two weeks including: gadgets which remind you of things you need to do; safety alarms and sensors; magnifiers and telephones with big buttons. A small deposit is required. There are also helpful factsheets on their website.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel
Help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs.
Friends of the Elderly
A charity that supports older people who have a range of practical needs.
A national charity that champions independence for older people by providing lifelong support, information and advice, practical help and emergency financial aid to older people on very low incomes.
National Activity Providers Association (NAPA)
Promotes the importance of activities for older people.
Tel: 0207 078 9375
Pensions Advisory Service, The
Provides information about pensions and other pensioner benefits.
Tel: 0300 123 1047
Relatives and Residents Association, The
Exists for older people needing, or living in, residential care and their families and friends.
United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA)
Professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.
NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website and provides information on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.