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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dealing with your concerns about a visitor you were uncomfortable with
You have answered that you have let someone into your home and then regretted letting them in but have not told anyone about this. Individuals can be at risk from strangers or from people they know. These may be relatives, friends, neighbours or paid carers. Please do not ignore your concerns. If you are approached by a salesperson/fundraiser on the doorstep find out as much information about the uninvited caller, such as: * the name of the company or charity they are representing , * ask to see the caller's identification badge, *ask for any flyer or information on the products/services that are promoting/trying to sell , * description of the caller. If there is an ongoing incident, or it has happened today, contact Police Scotland on 101. In an emergency, if fear, threats or duress are involved, call 999. You can also phone Crimestoppers anonymously 24 hours, seven days a week, on 0800 555 111. You can also contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 to report the incident so that our trading standards are aware of local incidents for intelligence purposes.
Independent Sources for Help and Advice
Your answers have indicated that you might benefit from further advice on solutions that may be available to you. You can call First Contact on 01307 475242 or email FirstContact@angus.gcsx.gov.uk and they can provide free and impartial advice about a wide range of assistive equipment and may be able to offer advice on where your could trial equipment items.
Local Information - Delivery of pre-prepared meals
At some point in our lives, many of us due to illness, disability or old age will need some form of help and support with everyday things like getting washed, dressing or cooking a meal. This help and support is often called social care. Asking for help is sometimes the hardest thing to do, however, Angus Council provide a range of social care services to suit people's needs. If you would like to talk to someone about the services that may be available please liaise with Social Work staff that you are already involved with or First Contact on 01307 475242 or email email@example.com. There are also private providers who can deliver pre-prepared meals and First Contact can provide you with further information about this.
RECOMMENDED - We would advise that you arrange a Fire Safety Check
You may benefit from arranging a Fire Safety check. If you would like to request a Free Fire Safety Check please contact the Fire Service on tel 0800 0731 999 or visit http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/hfsv-form.aspx. If you say that you are calling to request a fire safety check they will arrange this for you. The length of time that you wait for this service will depend on the demand that the Fire Service have at the time. There is no charge made for this service at the current time and they will fit smoke alarms free of charge where required. If you are worried about how you would hear a smoke alarm at night without your hearing aids, you can discuss this with the Fire Service. There are a range of solutions available that may assist you and some of these solutions can also be linked to a community alarm which can be provided by Angus Council.
Groups that support people with Mental Health issues
In Angus there are a number of groups that may be able to offer you support. To find out information about different community supports in Angus and Scotland, please visit www.aliss.org or phone the Accessline on 03452 777 778. Alternatively you can contact Penumbra on 0131 475 2380 or visit their website.
Local groups that support people with Alzheimers Disease or Dementia
From your answers you have indicated that you would like more information about Dementia or Alzheimers Disease. You can find out information from NHS Inform at www.nhsinform.co.uk and search the Health A-Z guide. Alternatively, you can contact Alzheimers Scotland on 0808 808 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website on www.alzscot.org. You can find out about local groups and supports that are supported in Angus. Alzheimer Scotland's local office in Angus is based in Abroath and is managed by Lindsay Shaw. The team run singing cafes, dancing cafe, peer support monthly cafes based within Montrose, Carnoustie and Monifieth. Pool/snooker groups along with football and golf reminiscence groups and carers groups. You can contact Lindsay Shaw on 01241 431770 for further information. You can also contact First Contact on 01307 475242 or email FirstContact@angus.gcsx.gov.uk for information about services and supports that are available from Angus Council or private providers that can support people with dementia and/ or their families and carers. To find out information about different community supports in Angus and Scotland, please visit www.aliss.org or if you have an enquiry about a long term condition, please phone the Primary Care Development Team on 01307 474889 or email email@example.com.
Local: Support and Advice re: Alcohol
The Tayside Substance Misuse Services (TSMS) provide recovery orientated treatment for individuals experiencing serious problems with drugs and alcohol in Tayside. In Angus, the Substance Misuse Service is based at Gowanlea, 12-14 Seaton Road, Arbroath, DD11 5DT T: 01241 435820. The Offices are open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You can find out more information about services and supports available to people in Angus by visiting NHS Tayside's website www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk and search A-Z of services.
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.