Personal care and support with daily tasks
To stay in their home and independent people may need a little support. This could be for a range of tasks such as:
• personal care and hygiene
• medication and prescriptions
• meals and shopping
• housework and garden
• travel and patient transport
• Local lunch clubs and social groups
Others may need a bit of extra support, especially if they have recently come out of hospital or if they have additional requirements and need equipment, technology or adjusts to their home.
Help with personal care
You can use equipment for getting dressed, including:
- dressing sticks
- sock and stocking aids
- button hooks
Personal care and hygiene
If you need assistance with personal care, the Living Made Easy website has information about using equipment and adaptations for personal care.
Types of personal care include:
- bathing and showering
- managing medication
- small personal care aids
If you care for someone, the NHS website has advice on how to help someone you care for keep clean.
Help with medication and prescriptions
Your named pharmacist keeps records about your medication so they can help answer any questions you have.
Your GP (family doctor) will also be able to help with questions about medication.
To find your local pharmacy visit the NHS Choices - Find Pharmacy services page.
There are specific aids to help you take the right medication at the right time, such as weekly pill organiser trays and reminder alarms. There are available from many mobility aid retailers, pharmacies and online retailers. Visit Medication Aids | Comfort & Wellbeing | The Mobility Aids Centre Ltd
Help with prescription delivery or collection
Services and volunteers are listed in our Community Services Directory
Help with housework
If you are struggling to keep up with jobs that need doing around the home, you may be able to get help from some voluntary organisations for smaller jobs.
Search organisations in our Community Services Directory that can help you around the home.
Help with the garden
The Gardeners Guild website has a postcode search to find local registered gardeners.
Search organisations in our Community Services Directory for help with the garden
Help with the cost of gardening
The Gardening for the Disabled Trust provides grants to people in the UK to enable them to continue gardening despite age, illness or disability. Grants can help with adaptations, the cost of tools and raised beds as well as offer advice and information on different aids and techniques.
Instructions and information about how to apply for grants can be found on Applying for Gardening for the Disabled grants.
Help with meals and shopping
Eating well advice
Information and guidance about eating a healthy balanced diet.
Eat well - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Help with food shopping
Services and volunteers that can help you with shopping in Worcestershire are listed in our Community Services Directory.
Prepared meals providers
Search the Community Services Directory to find ready-prepared meals providers.
Local lunch clubs and social groups
There are many lunch clubs and social groups in Worcestershire where you can:
- have a meal
- socialise with friends
- enjoy activities such as talks, games and quizzes
Social activities | Royal Voluntary Service
You can also find out what is going on at your local library as they are going to be acting as warm hubs this winter.
Find other local activities and support in your area
Travel and patient transport
You can find out about:
- getting out and about if you have mobility problems
- patient transport to appointments
- transport services to get you to a lunch club or the shops
Community Transport | Royal Voluntary Service
Community Transport Schemes are set up across Worcestershire support people who do not have access to conventional transport or are unable to use it, please visit Travel and community transport.
If you or a family member are just recovering from a recent illness or require some short-term help to stay well at home, Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire offer focused help under the Independence at Home service.
Social Prescribing offers support to people to help improve their health, wellbeing and independence by making connections with community support. This service is by GP referral only, if you are interested, please speak to your GP who can make a referral.
If you need help to improve your skills and confidence online our library digital champions are here to help!
Whether it's setting up an email address, connecting with family and friends online using Zoom, shopping online or getting to grips with social media - we can help you stay connected with others online.
Support by telephone
Call 01905 822722 between 9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday) and request a call back from a Digital Champion volunteer.
Support in person
Digital Champions can help you complete specific tasks such as applying for a blue badge or setting up an email account or they can help you improve your general confidence with using a computer and navigating the internet.
If you'd like to book a 1:1 session with a digital champion at a library near you call the customer contact centre on 01905 822722 between 9am - 6pm (Monday - Friday)
Enrol on an online course
Adult Learning Worcestershire offer FREE courses that are designed to help people improve their digital skills; increasing their confidence when using technology and help them to feel safer online. Browse the current range of digital support courses available and book online
Find local activities, services and groups
Visit our Community Services Directory
If you want to be a volunteer or register your services for the directory, please visit Here2Help