Befriending and lunch clubs in Gosport, Fareham and Havant areas.
Practical support to reduce loneliness and support older people in Gosport
Information and Advice
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Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
We may be able to help you if you, or a member of your family, have a long term illness or disability and need financial help towards the cost of equipment, home adaptations or other essential items to improve your independence, comfort, safety and quality of life at home.
You must be in financial need and unable to afford the equipment or building work yourself or to obtain the funding that you require from statutory services.
You have to be referred to us by a professional worker from health, social care or a charity that is in contact with you or your family member. When you have a referrer please ask them to go to the ‘how to apply’ page of the website.
The centre combines a Shopmobility service with a Carers & Disability centre. The Fareham Shopmobility service provides mobility scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs to people with limited mobility, enabling them to access Fareham town centre and shop independently. You do not have to be registered Disabled or have a long-term condition in order to take advantage of this service. Equipment for long-term loans for holidays or trips is also available for hire.
They also operate a Collect ‘n’ Scoot service, includes collection from home, and return as required, equipment hire from Fareham Shopmobility and a free tea or coffee. Service operates Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, prices vary depending on where you live.
Osborn Road Car Park
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Community First Home Help Service The Home Help Service is a high quality, friendly & reliable service that has been delivering help to people in their own homes for over 25 years. Home Helps is for elderly or disabled people in the Fareham Borough & surrounding areas who need a little bit of help at home. We can assist with housework, do the laundry and change the bed, go to the shops or run errands, even to pop your lunch into the oven or microwave or make a coffee and have a chat, we are here to make life easier for you.
Our Home Helps do not provide personal care or administer medication.
There is a ‘mowing and hoeing’ service for people who are finding it too difficult to cope with their garden. Gardeners are interviewed and police checked. Clients pay a small annual administration fee and an hourly rate for a regular service.
Befriending and support service enabling older people to remain independent in their own homes. Access to social activities and transport provided when needed.
Service providing support to older people in their own home, via a personal visit or telephone call on a weekly basis. CHAT (Come Here And Talk) Groups are also run for groups of 4 older people in the host’s home for tea and a chat.
CHAT drop-in centre:
Christ Church Parish Hall
Tuesdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
‘Lifeline’ alarm service provided by Gosport Borough Council for older people living in the community, providing peace of mind. The service is a telephone-based alarm system that is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
If you can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities the library can come to you. We can arrange for you to have your library books delivered to your home on a regular basis.
Wessex DriveAbility is a charitable organisation dedicated to assisting people with disabilities or medical conditions to drive independently.
We also carry out Fitness to Drive Assessments for older persons.
Wessex DriveAbility is accredited by Driving Mobility, a network of 17 independent organisations around the UK, offering a professional advice and assessment service to individuals with a disability, medical condition, accident or injury, which may have affected their ability to drive, or to transfer in and out of a vehicle.
Alternatively, if you have not been diagnosed with a medical condition you may wish to ensure that you are still driving safely.
Driving Assessments Includes:
Rica carries out research and publishes information to enable disabled and older people to live independently.
Many of us know what it is to be older, or to have a disability, because it has happened to us or to someone close to us. At the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), we’re here to help.
We are the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on independent living. A national charity, we have built up over 40 years an unparalleled range of information on daily living equipment and other useful advice for people who might need some help in living their live to the full.
With a huge range of equipment available, sometimes it can be confusing. How do you know what is available? Where do you go to buy equipment? How do you know what is right for you? How do you know if a supplier is reputable? DLF provides all the answers to these questions.
You will be amazed at the sheer inventiveness of some of these tools for living. You can put your cat’s dinner on the floor without bending down, you can remind your mum who has a memory problem to take her keys as she goes out of the house or you can trek up hills even though you cannot walk.
But far too many people don’t know that these items even exist, never mind where to get them or how much they might cost. So, they cope as best they can. Or they don’t. They go into care – when, with the right advice and gadgets, they could have a stated home happily and safely.
That’s why DLF is so important, our advice and information reaches everyone and provides individuals with options rather than just opinions. Whether you’re finding certain tasks a bit more difficult as you get older or you have a disability yourself, or a bit more difficult as you get older or you have a disability yourself, or you know or care for someone in this situation, DLF can help.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Older Drivers Forum is a not-for-profit organisation made up of experts in road safety from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – from representatives from the emergency services to charities, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road. The Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. They can provide practical and informative help and support to enable older people to continue driving.
They do not perform any legal function and do not have the authority to remove driving licenses.
Hampshire County Council’s Road Safety Team offers the Driver Skills Scheme 60+. This is an independent, confidential driving appraisal that helps older drivers to prolong their fitness to drive. The appraisal, which costs £35, is not a test but offers help and advice. You get a comprehensive written report together with helpful tips about driving techniques. The appraisal is done using your own car and takes approximately 90 minutes.
Living Made Easy has been developed by the Disabled Living Foundation. They provide comprehensive and independent information about daily living equipment available to the public from national suppliers. This product information is supported by expert advice and created by our team of occupational therapists.
Their information is impartial, independent and trustworthy.
Telecare Alarm service provides elderly people, who live alone with somebody to call for help if they suffer a fall, feel unwell or need some reassurance.
Gosport Voluntary Action (GVA) are able to provide information about local firms who can deliver meals.
Martin Snape House
96 Pavilion Way
The service provided by Hampshire County Council is available to any person over 55, subject to some criteria. Referrals can be made online via the Hampshire County Council website or ring to discuss eligibility.
Traditionally cooked meals… Freshly prepared that morning with local seasonal ingredients by professional chefs in local kitchens.
Anything catered for…No matter if you are Celiac, Vegan, Vegetarian, Diabetic or have any other dietary requirements or just not to keen on a certain food our chefs can arrange a customised meal plan to cater for you.
Ordering from us couldn’t be simpler. Look through the brochure or on the website to pick which meals you’d like. Then phone us up, go online, or hand your order form to your delivery driver. Not sure what to choose? Try our Easy Order Packs for a week’s worth of different, delicious meals – perfect if you’re new to Oakhouse.
Let us take the strain off cooking for yourself or a loved one with delicious meals on wheels made in the UK — delivered straight to your door. Choose from daily home delivery meals or a regular delivery of meals for your freezer through Wiltshire Farm Foods.
Deliveries are made 365 days a year, between 11:15am and 2pm each day.
Website service enabling users to record personal information about health, medication, emergency contact details, care needs and personal wishes. Forms are useful in a variety circumstances, for example, hospital visits, or in an emergency situation away from home. Forms can also be printed off and filled in or sent to you by post.
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers can assist older people looking to get help to become more independent. Helping them with practical tasks, providing activities and company and even bringing books over with our home libraries service. We also offer lunch clubs, social centres and community cafes all run by our volunteers. We are able to provide transportation to and from hospital as well as hospital visits if family or friends are unable to visit.
The Message in a Bottle Scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people living on their own to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common location where they can be found in an emergency. The scheme is free and is provided by the Lions Clubs in South Hampshire.
The Careline alarm is designed to help older, frail or disabled people to remain in their own homes, with the knowledge that they always have somebody to help them in an emergency.
Astraline Personal provides products and services to help family and friends retain independence, continue living in your home, and provide some peace of mind to loved ones that help is close by, if ever needed.
We are the sole provider of telecare for people assessed by the Council as having an ‘eligible need’ for social care. With the Council we are now making our highly regarded telecare service available to people in and around Hampshire who wish to purchase it for themselves or a relative.
The Age UK Personal Alarm Service gives users the freedom to live independently in their own home, safe in the knowledge that if there is an accident or they have a fall, they can get help quickly. At the touch of a button friends or family can be alerted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering peace of mind and reassurance. Charges apply.
National charity providing information and practical support for elderly people and their pets.
Checking in at home is a telephone-based service which places personalised calls to your elderly parents and loved-ones to check that they are ok.