Help in the community

You may find, after you get home, that you need more help with everyday life than you thought you would. We hear from talking to other people that it can be hard to accept that you need a little help and that you may not know where to look or that you're not sure what you might be entitled to.Please be reassured that there is an enormous amount of help available to you in the community, much of it free of charge.In this section, we've provided links to some of the organisations that can offer help with things like personal care, equipment for your home and getting out and about.

 

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Web Link: Alcohol and recovery: where to get help

Alcohol is a major health issue in Scotland. Research has shown that around a quarter of admissions to Intensive Care are alcohol-related.If you're worried about how much you, or a person you care about drinks, there is plenty of help available. This link will take you to the website of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol. They offer information, advice, a helpline and local support groups for individuals and their family members.

Web Link: Alcohol and recovery: where to get help

Alcohol is a major health issue in Scotland.Research has shown that around a quarter of admissions to Intensive Care are alcohol related.If you're worried about how much you or someone you care about is drinking,there is plenty of help available. This link will take you to the Alcoholics Anonymous website.They hold groups all over Scotland and have a number of useful resources on their website, including other peoples' stories and easy to read literature that you can download...

Web Link: Asking for equipment after you get home

You may find, after you get home, that you need some simple equipment to make everyday life a bit easier. That might include equipment to make it easier to wash, dress, use the bathroom and move around. This link takes you to Edinburgh City Council's web page. Some of the equipment they offer is free of charge and can be installed for you. You can use this web page to see what types of equipment are available and you can ask for it using their online form (although you will have...

Web Link: Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care (washing,dressing or eating, for example).Some patients need this type of help in the first few weeks and months after they get home.This link will take you to the NHS Choices web page, which will tell you more about what this allowance is, who is eligible and how to claim it.

Web Link: Blue badge (mobility problems and parking)

The Blue Badge scheme offers parking concessions for people with mobility problems. This link will take you to the Blue Badge Scotland website, where you can find out more about what's involved. You can also apply online for a Blue Badge.

Web Link: Borrowing a wheelchair

Although you may not have been issued with a wheelchair when you leave hospital, some people continue to have problems with walking after they get home.It might be helpful to borrow a wheelchair "just to get out of the house", if you're not sure how far you can walk, you tire easily or have lost your confidence a little. This link will take you to the webpage of the British Red Cross, who may be able to lend you mobility equipment.If you type in your postcode, they can...

Web Link: Carer support for ethnic minorities

This link will take you to the website of an Edinburgh based organisation which can help family members or carers from ethnic minorities to access the support and services they need.

Document: Carers Allowance Factsheet (Carers UK).pdf

This factsheet has information on what Carer's Allowance is, who can get it and how to claim it. (You can claim online using the link we've provided).

Document: Carers Rights Guide (Scotland 2013-14)

This is an 11 page document from Carers UK.It gives really useful advice on the types of financial and practical help you might be entitled to.It also gives advice on work-related issues, such as taking time off work and flexible working.

Web Link: Citizens Advice (Scotland)

This link will take you to the Citizens Advice Bureau (Scotland). They can provide information and advice on a wide range of money, legal and health issues including: Money & debt Benefits Employment Housing Family problems Health Services Legal rights & responsibilities Within NHS Lothian, to see an advisor on your ward or at the patient imformation centre, call or text 07780-461-966, or...