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Information and Advice
If you would like information and advice on services available in angus you can visit the following websites
However, if you would prefer to speak to a member of staff you can contact First Contact via ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 or email email@example.com.
Angus Health and Social Care Partnership have a range of equipment solutions available for loan (free of charge) from Independent Living Angus. Small adaptations can also be arranged once owner/ landlord permissions have been obtained, usually free of charge. There is a weekly cost associated with the community alarm and tele-care service.
It is very important that the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership know that the equipment they loan is suitable for both you, other household members and your home.
Angus Health and Social Care Partnership have an agreed list of loan items however there are other providers who exist that also supply similar items. As we have not checked their products we are unable to advise on their suitability. The guidance below offers basic advice if you are purchasing products yourself privately.Private Purchases PDF
Information and services
Angus Community Alarm Service
Angus Council provide a Community Alarm Service. They can fit an alarm unit in your home that operates through your phone line. If the alarm is activated, a member of their call centre will contact you and assistance can be provided from community alarm teams who are based in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie and Forfar.
The Community Alarm Service provide a 24-hour service, every day of the year, at a weekly charge of £4.90. A community alarm can be provided if you have an illness, are frail or have a disability which limits your ability to live at home alone, have been in hospital and need some extra support when you come home, or have someone caring for you who needs extra support.
A range of accessories can also be provided with your community alarm system, such as a falls detector. A falls detector will raise an automatic call to the monitoring centre, who in turn will arrange assistance through a responder. There is an additional charge of £1.00 per week for accessories.
There are also a few items which you can trial for a period of 4 weeks if you are not sure whether they will be suitable for you - ie an Echo dot, remote control plugs, night lights.
To request a community alarm or to find out our more about the accessories or equipment items available to trial, you can discuss this with your community care worker or contact the the ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.
If you have fallen, or are worried about falling, you can contact the Falls Service in Angus for information and advice on 01356 666 085.
NHS Audiology Department in Tayside have a referral procedure:
If you have never been seen at the audiology department, you must contact your GP initially for assessment and onward referral.
If you are an existing NHS hearing aid user, you can contact the Audiology department at Kingscross Health and Community Care Centre, Dundee using the following details.
Phone: (01382) 596965 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm)
You can also visit NHS Tayside's website for further information about the services offered, please visit www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/index.htm and search A-Z of services.
For Hearing aid maintenance or repairs, please contact NHS Tayside Audiology on 01382 596965 and an appointment can be arranged. Appointments are available in Kings Cross Health & Community Care Centre, Dundee or in Stracathro Hospital.
NHS hearing aid users can obtain free batteries posted to them by contacting the Audiology department. To get in touch, please use the information below.
Phone: 01382 596965
Batteries may also be obtained:
- By Post – If patients send in their (Yellow) Hearing Aid book to Audiology at Kings Cross new batteries will be sent out to them.
- From North East Sensory Services, Number 10, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee DD1 1LL. Tel: 01382 721455 or Tel: 07713711772
Batteries available Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (Yellow battery book must be shown)
Book a memory box from your local library
If you would like to stimulate conversation for people with dementia, memory boxes can be booked out from your local library if you are a member.
For more information, please visit www.angusalive.scot/libraries
Breathing Space Scotland
You may find that talking to someone would help you.
There are several organisations which you can contact for help such as 'Breathing Space', which is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression, loneliness or anxiety.
Organisation: Breathing Space
Website: Breathing Space Scotland
Phone: 0800 838587
CAPABILITY provides services directly to around 1000 disabled people at over 25 locations around Scotland, supporting people at every stage of their lives and at home, work and school. Through the schools, early years and childcare services they support not only disabled children at crucial times in their life but their families and carers. They have many services which focus on giving disabled people the opportunity to live independent lives whether that is in their own homes, participating in their local or wider community, or finding employment. For those who would like we can also provide residential and respite services. Alexander Anderson Day Service (AADS) offers a range of activities including those which support people to develop everyday living skills such as cooking and baking; budgeting; or shopping; to more physical activities such as keep-fit. Developing IT skills without the need to attend college: AADS has links with a number of colleges in the area who offer classes within the centre; you can book a time in the Sensory room or with the Aromatherapist or Beauty Therapist. AADS is also the only facility in the area to offer people the opportunity to participate in Soundbeam or access hydrotherapy. Use of the hydrotherapy pool can be supported either by AADS staff or by users own staff/ carers. If support is wanted to access activities outside the centre, AADS have links with a range of agencies and support people which give the opportunity to attend activities such as Pather Art Works, IndepenDANCE, M&Ds bowling, local sport venues and Music Works. Support is also available to allow people to meet friends for dinner or a chat; visit places of local/ national interest; or attend the theatre or concerts. To find out more please visit www.capability-scotland.org.uk or call 0131 337 9876 for more information.
Concerned about memory loss - these groups may help
The answers that you have given suggest that your memory loss is a concern to yourself or people that are close to you.
Often talking this over with someone who understands this difficulty can either allay your fears or give you advice on what to do. This person could be your GP.
We are also trying to raise awareness in relation to Purple Alert. Purple Alert is a free mobile phone app designed by people living with dementia and their carers with Alzheimer’s Scotland, Police Scotland, Social Work, Dementia Friends, Dementia Friends Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships and telecare services.
The app allows carers to share the person living with dementia’s profile (with consent) if they lose their way and allows for eyes and ears on the ground immediately helping to find them.
Purple Alert is the first app of its kind in the UK and it is available for free download to iOS and Android smartphones. You can find out more about Purple Alert by visiting purplealert.org.uk/
ContactSCOTLAND - BSL
ContactSCOTLAND allows you to use BSL rather than written English.
It provides immediate access to numerous organisations when you need it, contacting local voluntary groups, local disability organisations, making arrangements to attend meetings, etc.
Making contact using contactSCOTLAND means you have clear communication in your terms, rather than having to rely on someone else to telephone for you.
It is open 8am-12 midnight, 7 days a week for non-emergency calls only.
For more information, please use the details below.
Phone: 0141 419 0420
Equipment for those with low vision/visual impairment
There is a range of equipment that can help you if you have low vision or a visual impairment.
Angus Council and Angus Health and Social Care Partnership have an agreement with North East Sensory Services (NESS) to provide a range of support for people with visual impairments, including low vision aids. The service is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and can be contacted by using the details below.
Phone: 0345 271 2345 or 01224 625622
Text: 07593 102004
Alternatively, First Contact Occupational Therapy offers free and impartial advice about a wide range of assistive equipment and supports that are available in Angus. To find out more, please get in touch with First Contact Occupational Therapy using the following details.
Phone AccessLine: 03452 777 778
Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment
A new online fire safety quiz has been launched by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support people to stay safe at home – and potentially save lives.
The ‘Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment’ survey asks a series of simple questions and then automatically generates a home fire safety report.
To complete a self assessment please visit the following website: www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/online-hfsv-checker.aspx
Groups that can help with maintaining a healthy weight
You have answered that your clothes size has increased in the last 3 to 6 months.
If this has happened without you trying to, and is something that you would like help with, you may find that exercising or participating in group activities may help. If you don't feel confident, we have found going with someone you know might help.
There are a variety of exercise opportunities run by Angus Alive. These are available in the leisure centres, sports centres and local swimming pools across Angus. For more information on programmes and charges, please contact your local leisure facility or AccessLine on 03452 777 778.
If you want to lose weight, then there are a number of local weight management groups held throughout Angus.
NHS Tayside also deliver a dietetics service. To find out more, please visit www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/index.htm. For information about a range of topics, please visit www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/taysidenutrition.aspx.
To find out information about different community supports in Angus and Scotland, please visit www.aliss.org/ and type your postcode into the search bar.
if you have an enquiry about a long term condition, please contact the Primary Care Development Team by using the details below.
Phone: 01307 474889