With the new tiered restrictions coming into force across different parts of England, and increasing measures across the nations, Barbara understands that many older people are feeling unsure of where they stand and uncertain of how the next few months will play out.
Age UK has a range of advice and support which may help you. During the pandemic the Age UK network has provided hundreds of thousands of friendship calls, answered tens of thousands of information and advice enquiries and delivered countless food packages and medical prescriptions during the pandemic.
Age UK in Salford
Age UK has a hub in Salford and you can find more information online at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/salford/ or phone on 0161 788 7300
Age UK Covid-19 general Advice Hub
Age UK’s Covid-19 advice hub has the latest up to date information on coronavirus. Many older people might be feeling worried, scared, sad or even a bit angry at the thought of having to stay at home and not see loved ones. Age UK offer advice to older people and their families and loved ones on staying safe and well, what you can do to help, and information on what Age UK is doing to support older people through the pandemic.
Read the latest advice here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/
Age UK advice and befriending services
Age UK’s also has an advice line which is a free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. The team will give you information that is reliable and up to date and help people to access the advice you need.
Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602
For more information: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/age-uk-advice-line/
Age UK also offers free telephone friendship services so people can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all from the comfort of their own home. If you or someone you know is missing the joy of regular conversation, Age UK and our partner charity The Silver Line can help.
Advice for volunteers
In these challenging times, lots of people have been asking how they can support older people who are staying at home. In order to best support those older people who may be in need of some simple assistance immediately, you can take part in neighbourly volunteering.
Age UK have a simple training video and their own spin on a postcard you can complete to offer help and to provide some key information to your older neighbours.
Find out more here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/neighbourly-volunteering/