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First Contact Signposting Scheme

One simple checklist helping people aged 60 and over to stay safe and independent in their own homes.

It saves people contacting lots of different organisations (e.g. Fire Service, Pension Service, Crime Reduction) to find out what they offer – the services come to you!

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Age UK - Hospital Discharge Arrangements

Going into hospital can be a difficult time both for you and your family but it can make the experience less stressful if you know what should happen to ensure the right support is in place when you are ready to leave.

Our guide will help you understand how planned and emergency admissions are handled, the quality of care you can expect and how your discharge will be handled.

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Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire - Staying Put

The aim of the service is to help older people stay safely and independently in their own homes. Our staff will inspect older properties, identifying any defects and provide assistance to rectify faults.

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Bassetlaw Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership

Your local community safety partnership

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Rushcliffe Community Watch

Rushcliffe Community Watch (RCW) is a crime-fighting initiative, funded by the Rushcliffe Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. From our office in West Bridgford Police Station, we send out targeted messages to our members to inform them of local crime problems, and to request help and information that may assist us. Membership, which is free, is open to the whole Rushcliffe community, and currently includes Neighbourhood Watch, councils, businesses, schools, licensed premises and housing associations, as well as members of the public.

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Rushcliffe Borough Council - Home Alarm Service

Many people who live alone worry about what might happen if they need help in an emergency.  Having a Home Alarm means that help is just a press of a button away.  This works by linking the home alarm to a response monitoring service that answers and assesses all calls and arranges the most appropriate response.

Who may benefit?

Anyone, of any age, who feels vulnerable or at risk will benefit from having a Home Alarm installed.  Whether you live alone, with family or with a partner, an alarm call can provide peace of mind, security, reassurances and independence.

How does it work?

In order to have a Home Alarm installed you should have a working telephone socket with an electrical outlet close by.  The alarm consists of a small piece of equipment that attaches to your telephone line and electrical socket and a portable radio trigger.  The trigger can be worn as a pendant on a special neck cord, or on a wrist strap, according to preference.

People with severe physical disabilities are not excluded from having the Home Alarm Service.  A special adaptation to the trigger that needs only the lightest touch to activate it can be fitted.  It is possible to connect the Home Alarm directly to a Possum computer or other environmental control system for people whose movement is exceedingly limited.

A talking alarm is available to assist people with sight impairment and special arrangements can be made to accommodate customers with severe hearing impairment.  Similarly, we are happy to install Home Alarms for people whose first language is not English.

If the caller is within hearing distance of the alarm she or he will be able to talk to the operator and explain what is required.  However, even if the caller is not able to hear or speak to the operator, action will still be taken to ensure that the caller is safe and well.  The action taken under these circumstances will be agreed with each customer at the time the alarm is installed.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in having a Home Alarm installed the Housing Support Advisor can provide you with a free demonstration without any obligation.  Please contact the Home Alarm Service on 0115 981 3227 to arrange a convenient time, the appointment usually lasts for an hour.

Is there a charge?

There is a charge for the Home Alarm Service which is currently £43.71 per Quarter.

Is there other equipment available?

The Home Alarm Service can also provide at extra costs other equipment that may assist someone to live in their own home safely for longer.  These include: smoke detectors, fall detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Pensioners Association - Hucknall

The Pensioners Association meet once a fortnight on a Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at Watnall Road Community Centre, Hucknall.

They regularly organise for guest speakers to attend, such as Local Councillors, Blue Badge Tour Guides, Theatre Groups and many more, along with arranging day trips out and a whole host of other events.

Talks are usually an hour long with question and answer sessions at the end. There is a small charge of £1.00 for each meeting.

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Age UK - Personal Alarms

With Age UK's Personal Alarms (formerly known as Aid Call), you know that friends and family are only a button press away.

A personal alarm gives you the freedom to live your life the way you want and gives peace of mind for both you and your family.

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Ashfield Homes Support Centre - Lifelines

Lifelines can be used to:

  • Arranging for an Ambulance.
  • Contacting a Doctor, another organisation such as Social Services, or family and friends.
  • Reporting a repair to your property.
  • To tell us you will be away from your home (e.g. going on holiday)
  • A general enquiry

If you need any information or advice on using your Lifeline Unit, please contact the First 4 Support Call Centre on the number below.

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Ashfield Homes 'First 4 Support' service

Nottinghamshire County Council's Safe at Home Telecare Service combines technology and support to provide help in an emergency. It aims to help you and your carers feel more confident about living independently in your own home.

Telecare is a more advanced form of the traditional community alarm or Lifeline service.

The service is aimed at:

  • older people aged 65 and over
  • disabled people aged 18 or over

Contact the telecare provider in your area.

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Home Call Alarm Service

Lifeline emergency call system.  The service is available to all Bassetlaw residents 60yrs and over (younger residents with a disability may be eligible).  An initial assessment is completed to establish level of service required.  A small charge may be payable.

For more information please contact A1 Housing Supported Housing Warden service.

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