Older people's services

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Support for older people in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council’s Age Well campaign aims to give advice and information that can help you to stay well, healthy and independent as you grow older. See the Age Well in West Sussex page on the West Sussex County Council website for lots of practical information from how to make sure your home is safer, connecting with your community, improving and maintaining your mental health, becoming more active and ensuring you have good financial plans for the future.

By signing up to the Age Well newsletter on the website, you will regularly receive information on how to age well in West Sussex, or advice on how you can support others in doing so.

Guild Care - working with people in the community

Experienced Prevention Link Workers work with older people in the community to offer practical support, confidence building, information and encouragement to help improve general wellbeing.

They can make home visits and also deliver services in community settings with one-to-one short term packages to help improve the quality of your life. This might include:

  • Home adaption and equipment
  • Help to access appropriate benefits
  • Social clubs and activities
  • Making friends
  • Taking more exercise
  • Keep warm and secure
  • Transport

Referrals can be made by family, friends and health professionals or you can refer yourself. Call 01903 528600 or send the Guild Care team a message.

The Guild Care Centre

The Guild Care Centre is friendly and lively where older independent people can enjoy themselves and have fun with other like-minded individuals. 

The Healthy Living Programme offers a wide range of different activities, therapies, exercises for all abilities, discussion groups, music and song, entertainment and games, computing, arts and crafts, theme days as well as tai chi, pilates and zumba for those a little more active. Click here for the 2018-19 weekly programme.

Wellbeing therapies include massage, hairdressing, manicures, waxing, foot care and even assisted bathing.

The Centre has many more services to offer such as transport, professional home care team and activities for older people with a learning disability. To see the full range of services, visit the Guild Care website or call 01903 528600.

Dementia Friendly Worthing

Worthing Dementia Action Alliance has developed this resource to encourage a safer and more rewarding environment for people with dementia, their carers and families, in which to live, work and visit. Visit the Dementia Friendly Worthing website for further information on local activities, services in our area and information for carers. There are many different Dementia Friendly pop-up Hubs across Adur and Worthing too - keep an eye on our events pages for up-to-date information.

Independent Lives - Time Out in Adur

Independent Lives is a user-led charity and social enterprise working to change the lives of disabled people, people with support needs and their carers.

Time Out in Adur provides respite for carers through offering activities for older people, people with support needs and people with Dementia in Shoreham and Lancing. They arrange suitable transport so that your loved one is picked up and returned home safely and take them out for the day with a group. Their trained staff and volunteers will work with you and your loved one to put together a programme of activities that suit your needs and interests. Day trips are offered 40 weeks of the year, and are on Mondays and Tuesdays each week, including trips to the cinema, days on the pier, pub lunches and visits to local garden centres.

A Respite Hub, based in Lancing, is run on a Friday, offering a varied programme of activities including music, arts and crafts, wellness/mindfulness activities and a variety of games.

If you are new to the Carers Respite Service in Adur, then you will need an assessment. For a referral form and to find out more, visit the Independent Lives website or call 01903 219482. 

Adur community alarm and telecare service

The Community Alarm scheme and Telecare Service enables older, disabled and vulnerable people to get emergency help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at the touch of a button.

The alarm button is worn as a pendant or on the wrist, making it easy to summon help, giving you peace of mind and security to continue living independently in your own home. An automatic smoke detector, extreme heat sensor, and carbon monoxide and flood detectors, work alongside the main alarm, all of which raise an alarm with the control centre. You will receive regular maintenance visits and a fault repair service

If you have a telephone line and a power point, people to act as key holders who can be contacted in an emergency, or a key safe, then you are ready to go. Even if you do not have a landline telephone they may still be able to install an alarm unit for you.

If you would like to apply for an alarm, call 01273 263390 or email the Community Alarm team or complete the form on Adur & Worthing Councils website. A member of the team will then visit to assess your situation, complete the contract with you and install the alarm equipment.

Welbeing lifeline personal alarm

Our Adur & Worthing Wellbeing team gets easily confused with the Welbeing Lifeline Personal Alarm service (which we are not affiliated with in any way).

Lifeline provides valuable round-the-clock support to a wide range of people, including:

  • People living alone and at risk of falling or in need or reassurance
  • People living with dementia, epilepsy, heart disease or domestic violence
  • Those who have recently returned from hospital
  • People who are worried about safety and intruders

There is a cost for this service - call to find out more: 01323 644422 or email the Welbeing Lifeline Personal Alarm service.

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