Welcome to our totally biased section on resources and organisations we recommend. We have either been recommended to them, or have made contact ourselves. We don’t take money from them to be in this section, but we may take a small commission from them if you purchase a product or service. We tell you which ones these are. Mostly we just want to share some of the great help and support that is out there.
Driving Miss Daisy
We love Driving Miss Daisy! A companion driving service which does what it says on the tin – provides a driving service with companionship.
It’s ideal for anyone who needs a bit more than a traditional minicab or taxi service; Driving Miss Daisy drivers are trained to accompany their clients to Doctor’s appointments if required, assist with shopping, taking a pet to the vets, or to accompany someone to the airport, driving to weddings, receptions or funerals, or simply for a day out and about. Special requirements are catered for including with a walker or wheelchair.
Driving Miss Daisy is a private service, and all trips are pre-booked. All companion drivers are Police checked and hold first aid certificates.
Please contact Driving Miss Daisy on 0333 014 6211 or visit their website – www.drivingmissdaisy.co.uk
Society of Later life Advisers (SOLLA)
You may find it useful to make contact with A SOLLA accredited financial adviser if you are sorting out the finances with and/or for your elderly parents.
A SOLLA accredited later life adviser specialises in the financial needs of older people. Every adviser already has the necessary Professional qualifications but all full members of the Society also have the Later Life Adviser Accreditation and can advise on:
- Retirement Planning – pensions and annuities
- Funding for Care Home fees
- Funding for care in your own home
- Equity release and other property options
- Savings and investment planning
- Tax matters and estate and wealth planning
The complexities of the many decisions you or your family may need to face when looking at issues such as care funding matters or whether equity release is the right thing for you, need careful and considered advice.
You can search by postcode on the SOLLA website for a local adviser. The initial consultation is free, but any subsequent advice or help is paid for.
Silver Travel Advisor
This is another of our favourite websites. Silver Travel Advisor provides travel reviews, information and advice for the over 50s. It has guidance on things like solo travelling, mobility friendly holidays, and holidays with care for example. They provide information and tips on travel insurance and always have great offers and deals on holidays! They cover holidays in the UK and around the world and all types of holidays. You can contact and adviser direct via their website for a personalised service. www.silvertraveladvisor.com
We are delighted to have teamed up with Grace Consulting who have 30 years of expertise in helping families make decisions about all aspects of elderly care. The service they provide includes care advice to identify and understand care needs; care search to find the best available care providers including care at home or residential/nursing care; Grace can also undertake a care assessment as well as help you to navigate your way through dealings with the NHS and Local Authority. www.graceconsulting.co.uk.
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Unforgettable.org is a treasure trove of products, services, advice and information for anyone concerned about or living with Dementia. Set up by James Ashton who cared for his mum for many years, Unforgettable offers a whole range of products that can help with day to day living – from personal alarms and GPS trackers, to tableware to help someone with dementia to eat. They also produce an excellent series of Guides on a range of related topics.
We love Spring Chicken as much for its name of course. Spring Chicken is an online shop that has thousands of products to make life a bit easier in old age. From walkers to gardening aids, jar openers to bath seats and tilting kettles they have something for every occasion and more besides! Spring Chicken also have occupational therapists who can come to the home to assess the need and recommend solutions. www.springchicken.co.uk . (We receive a small commission on any product you buy).