Useful resources and advice for independent living.
Action on Hearing Loss
19-23 Featherstone Street,
London, EC1Y 8SL
Information Line: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000
SMS: 0780 000 0360
Tinnitus helpline: 0808 808 6666
Tinnitus Textphone: 0808 808 0007
SMS: 0780 0000 360
(formerly Age Concern and Help the Aged)
For lifeline schemes (emergency alarm systems), details of Age UK groups, factsheets and briefing documents on matters concerning older people.
Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square,
London, WC1H 9NA
Helpline: 0800 169 6565
Tel: 0800 169 8787
Email: via online form
Alzheimer's Society (The)
Information and support for people with dementia, their families and carers.
Devon House, 58 St Katherine's Way,
London E1W 1LB
Tel: 020 7423 3500
Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
Floor 4, Linen Court,
10 East Road, London,
Helpline: 0808 800 4050
Tel: 020 7380 6500
For practical solutions to difficulties in daily living, ask about disabled or independent living centres in your region - these will be happy to give you free and ethical information about equipment and products designed as aids to daily living. It is recommended that you make an appointment to speak with an advisor, who will be able to show you a range of products and explain their use.
Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street,
Manchester M8 8QA
Tel: 0161 832 9757
Benefit Enquiry Line
For general advice for people with disabilities and their carers about Social Security benefits.
Tel: 0800 88 2200
Textphone: 0800 24 33 55
British Heart Foundation
A wide selection of leaflets can be downloaded from the website. Topics include all aspects of heart disease and treatment, dietary and other lifestyle guidelines. You can find out about preparing for heart surgery, recovery and dealing with post operative difficulties; leaving hospital after a heart attack / surgery; life saving techniques and the importance of emergency aid, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Greater London House, 180 Hampstead Road,
London NW1 7AW
Heart Helpline: 0300 330 3311
Tel: 020 7554 0000
Textphone: 18001 020 7554 0000
Care and Repair England
Care and Repair England's mission is to innovate, develop, promote and support housing policies and initiatives which enable older and disabled people to live independently in their own homes for as long as they wish.
The Renewal Trust Business Centre,
3 Hawksworth Street, Nottingham, NG3 2EG
Tel/fax: 0115 950 6500
Carers UK offers advice and support to carers. You are a carer if you look after a relative, friend or neighbour because they are frail, ill or have a disability.
20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX
Tel: 020 7378 4999
Advice Line: 0808 808 7777
Contact the Elderly
This organisation arranges events, visits and companionship for elderly people who might otherwise feel isolated.
15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 8QG
Tel: 020 7240 0630
Information Line: 0800 716 543
Macleod House, 10 Parkway,
London, NW1 7AA
DiabetesUK Careline: 0845 120 2960
Tel: 020 7424 1000
Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK provides an information service, which includes a guide to holidays for the disabled.
12 City Forum, 250 City Road,
London, EC1V 8AF
Tel: 020 7250 3222
Independent Living Advice Line: 0845 026 4748
Disabled Living Foundation
For information and advice about daily living equipment and assistive technology.
380-384 Harrow Road,
London, W9 2HU
Tel: 020 7289 6111
Helpline: 0845 130 9177
National Council of Palliative Care
The Fitzpatrick Building, 188-194 York Way,
London, N7 9AS
Tel: 020 7697 1520
215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London,
Tel: 020 7931 8080
Helpline: 0808 800 0303
Textphone: 18001 0808 800 0303
Information for visually and hearing impaired people.
101 Pentonville Road, London N1 9LG
Tel: 0845 127 0066
Textphone: 0845 127 0066
Stroke Association House,
240 City Road, London, EC1V 2PR
Tel: 020 7566 0300
Helpline: 0303 3033 100