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Useful links: People over 60

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Befriending

Silverline (link opens in a new window)

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The phone number is 0800 4 70 80 90.

Care in the home and residential care

Find Me Good Care website (link opens in a new window)

Website produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence to provide information on good care and support for people living in England.

Housing Care (link opens in a new window)

Website produced the Elderly Accommodation Counsel and First Stop charities, providing free advice on care for older people across the UK, including specialist directories and information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages.

NHS Choices (link opens in a new window)

Comprehensive information on funding residential care costs.

Paying for Care (link opens in a new window)

PayingForCare is a website which is designed to help individuals make more informed decisions about the arrangements and funding for their long-term care. The site is equally useful for people who have Powers of Attorney and family members and friends.

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Elder abuse

Action on Elder Abuse (link opens in a new window)

Provides information and advice on the abuse of vulnerable older adults.

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Equity release

StepChange Debt Charity Equity Release (link opens in a new window) An equity release service for older people in debt provided by StepChange Debt Charity (link opens in a new window) .

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General advice and support

Age UK (link opens in a new window)

Information and services for older people.

First Stop Advice (link opens in a new window)

Single gateway to free, independent information and advice about all aspects of care, housing and finance for older people.

Independent Age (link opens in a new window)

Independent Age has recently merged with two other older people's charities, Counsel and Care (see above) and Universal Beneficent Society to provide national information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on social care, including care at home, in hospital and residential care; welfare benefits; befriending services; and other social support.

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Grandparents

The Grandparents' Association (link opens in a new window)

National charity which supports all grandparents and their families.

Gransnet (link opens in a new window)

Online forum for grandparents and older people.

Grandparents Now (link opens in a new window)

Website that provides a place for grandparents to swap ideas and experiences.

Grandparents Plus (link opens in a new window)

Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives, especially where they have to take on caring roles in difficult family situations.

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Home improvements and housing

Care and Repair Cymru (link opens in a new window)

Care and Repair England (link opens in a new window)

Care and Repair Scotland (link opens in a new window)

Charities that aim to improve older people’s housing.

Foundations (link opens in a new window)

The national body for home improvement agencies in England, which assist vulnerable homeowners and private sector tenants who are elderly, disabled or on a low income to repair, improve, maintain or adapt their homes. You can find your local one using their home improvement agency search tool (link opens in a new window).

Home Improvement Agencies (Northern Ireland)

Information on home improvement agencies in Northern Ireland that offer additional assistance to process applications for adaptations in privately owned or privately rented property

Housing Care (link opens in a new window)

Website produced the Elderly Accommodation Counsel and First Stop charities, providing free advice on care for older people across the UK, including specialist directories and information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages. Also has information on home improvement services.

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Pensions

Money Advice Service (link opens in a new window)

Has information on pensions and retirement.

Pensions Advisory Service (link opens in a new window)

An independent, non-profit organisation that can provide you with information and advice on all types of pensions.

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Last updated: 28 November 2013

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