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 £4.75.
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.
To request a community alarm, you can discuss this with your care manager or home care assessor if you have one. Alternatively, you can contact the following companies.
Phone: 03452 777 778
Organisation: First Contact
Phone: 01307 475 242
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.
Kirriemuir Connections is a dementia friendly community hub offering information, advice and support to people living with dementia, their carers and families. This service works in partnership with Alzheimer's Scotland and Angus Carers Centre.
If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch using the details below.
Website: Kirriemuir Connections
Phone: 01575 573805
Mobile: 077361 56144
Mind For You can provide holiday options for people living with dementia and their carers. To find out more, please get in touch using the details below.
Website: Mind For You
Phone: 01509 351008
If you have substantial and permanent vision loss in both eyes you may wish to register as blind or partially sighted.
Registration simply means having your name added to a confidential list of people who have a permanent sight loss. Keeping this register allows Angus Council to meet the needs of people with visual impairments. Registration is entirely voluntary, but it is required for certain financial benefits and consensus.
Your Eye Consultant will say if you are medically eligible and then certify you using form BP1, which will then be sent to Angus Council for recording.
For further information, please contact First Contact using the details below.
Phone: 01307 475242
First Contact offers support to all residents of Angus with a visual impairment. They also provide information about the benefits of registering as blind or partially sighted. To get in touch, please use the details below.
Phone: 01307 475242
The RNIB also offer a talk and support service, which you can access by phoning on 0845 330 3723.
There are a range of equipment items that can help you if you have low vision or a visual impairment.
For information and advice, you can contact the Low Vision Aid Clinic in Dundee on 01382 632349 or Arbroath Infirmary on 01241 822550. If you require an appointment, you may need to be referred to them by your GP or Optometrist.
You can also liaise with your local optometrist for advice on a range of topics relating to low vision including aids or accessories that help with glare.
If you are looking for information on local optometrists in Angus, and their contact details, please follow the link here and search for optometrists in your local area.
Alternatively, you can contact First Contact by using the information below.
Phone: 01307 475242
If you require information provided by Angus Council in an alternative format, such as large print, audio and braille, then please contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778. If you need Angus Council to provide an interpretation and translation service, then this can be arranged by phoning the same number.
A range of large print books are available at all of the libraries in Angus. There are library branches in every town in Angus, which are open 6 days a week. There is also a mobile library service which serves rural residents.
To find out more about your nearest library and the mobile library service, please contact the Accessline on 03452 777 778 or visit Angus Council's website by clicking here.
In Angus, you can receive a Talking Disc or MP3 that outlines the local news. As long as you meet the basic criteria, the equipment to ask this services is also provided on a free loan basis.
To find out more, please get in touch with First Contact by using the following details.
Email: 01307 475242
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