Local information on Specialist Shoe Suppliers
Your answers have indicated that you would benefit from further information on choosing footwear for problems like swollen feet, arthritis, diabetes, odd sized feet or cold feet. You can find out information from NHS Inform at www.nhsinform.scot and search the Health A-Z guide. Alternatively there is also lots of information on foot care available on the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists web site https://www.scpod.org/foot-health/. Mobility shops in Angus may stock a range of footwear to suit people with problems like oedema, corns and bunions and very wide feet for example. If you have a problem with your feet that you cannot address with self-help you can contact your doctor for medical advice.
Volunteer driver services in Angus
Volunteer driver services are available to help you access support services and appointments in and around Angus. Voluntary Action Angus may be able to provide you with a volunteer driver and have premises in Arbroath and Forfar.
Organisation: Voluntary Action Angus
Phone: 01241 875525 or 01307 466113
There are also a number of local taxi firms which may be able to assist you.
Wheelchair Taxi Services
For information about private taxi providers in Angus, please phone the Licencing Department within Angus Council on 01307 476254.
Walking aid maintenance
If you rely on a walking aid provided by NHS Physiotherapy and it is in poor condition, please contact them by phone. The phone numbers are: Arbroath - 01241 822591, Brechin - 01356 666085, Carnoustie - 01241 802372, Forfar - 01307 475087, Montrose 01674 832185.
Mental health and well-being service
People may lose interest in going out for a whole variety of reasons including illness, bereavement or an unexpected life event. If you are worried about this you can speak to your GP for advice and support. To find out further information about anxiety or stress as well as self-help tips please visit www.nhsinform and search the A-Z guide. You can also visit the self help website www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk for further advice. You can also speak to your GP for advice and support or to find out whether there are any local support groups in Angus.You can also find out information on mental health issues by contacting The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) on 0141 530 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website on www.samh.org.uk.
I have fallen in my home and am worried about further falls.
You have indicated that you have fallen within your home and you are worried about this and having more falls. There can be a variety of reasons for why you might have fallen and it is important to consider these to try and reduce further falls from occurring. You can find out further information about falls on the NHS inform website, www.nhsinform and search the Health A-Z guide. In Angus, there is a falls service and you can contact this service for advice on 01356 666085. Angus Care and Repair also provide a Home Safety Service to assist people who are over 65 and/ or disabled an/ or at risk of fire and/ or at risk of falls. The survey consists of a home security check and an environmental survey of your home and will cover areas of door and window security, fire safety and risk factors associated with falls. Angus Care and Repair may be able to undertake any immediate safety repairs which are identified from the survey or advise you on how to carry out the necessary repairs. To find out more about this service or to request a home safety survey, please contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 or email email@example.com.
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 £4.75.
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.
Organisation: Falls Service
Phone: 01356 666 085
Information on renting commodes in your area
A commode can be used as an alternative if you are unable to get to your toilet safely. There are different types of commodes available so it is important to consider these to ensure you get one that is suitable for you. Various commodes can be loaned to you following an assessment of your needs. If you would like further information about continence management, you can phone the Continence Advisory and Treatment Service (CATS) on 01307 468383. There are a number of clinics held throughout Angus. Alternatively, if you are housebound or would refer to discuss this with someone else, please contact your GP.
Problems with incontinence
You have indicated that you are having problems with incontinence. You can find out information about incontinence from NHS Inform at www.nhsinform.co.uk and search the Health A-Z guide. If you would like further information about continence management, you can phone the Continence Advisory and Treatment Service (CATS) on 01307 468383. If you are having difficulty getting to the toilet in time, the Occupational Therapy Service may be able to provide you with equipment like a commode. There are different types of commodes available so it is important to consider these to ensure you get one that is suitable for you. Various commodes can be loaned to you following an assessment of your needs. If you would like further information about equipment solutions that might be suitable for you, please contact First Contact on 01307 475242 or email FirstContact@angus.gcsx.gov.uk.
Transport for visually impaired people
A bus pass, called a National Entitlement Card, is available if you are blind, deaf, partially sighted, without speech, have poor mobility, learning disabilities or have been refused a driving licence on medical grounds. For further information please call the AccessLine on 03452 777 778 or visit the website www.angus.gov.uk and search for concessionary travel.