Age UK Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset offers a free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers.
How to access the service
You can access our information and advice service in a number of ways.
By phone: 01202 530530
By email: email@example.com
At our office: 700 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2EG.
Our information and advice officers are available Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4:00 pm. Due to COVID 19 restrictions the office is not currently open to walk in enquiries.
Topics we cover:
Our advisers are trained to help you on the following topics.
- Social care - such as finding a care home or getting some help at home, and how it's funded.
- Your income - including free benefits checks, help with applying for benefits and pension advice.
- Your home - information on staying warm at home, home adapatations and how to prevent falls.
- Legal issues - such as wills, Power of Attorney, and how to deal with an estate.
Often as people grow older, they may need to make housing changes due to changing circumstances.
There are a number of options available:
- Adapting your home
- Getting extra help at home
- Improving your security at home
- Moving to a smaller home
- Moving to sheltered accommodation
- Moving to a care home
Contact our office for independant advice on who to explore the options available.
Money and Benefits
If you are retired, we can help you check whether you are missing out on money which is rightfully yours.
You could be one of the thousands of older people missing out on money due to you. You'll never know unless you check.
We work very closely with the local Pensions Service regarding benefits and have a number of resources which can help you find out more about money and benefits.
We try to use a holistic approach when dealing with each client. This can include signposting and referring to other organisations in order to gain certain services.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
Can provide home safety checks, including the free fitting of smoke alarms.
Local Energy Assistance Programme (LEAP)
Can advise on eligibility to free cavity wall and loft insulation and other energy saving advice.
Can advise on social care, occupational therapy, assessment of needs and arrange contact with social workers.
The Pension Service
Can provide Pensions and Benefits advice and assist with making a claim to any financial income that you may be entitled to.
Too often we hear of older people who have been caught out by rogue traders. To help combat this Age UK Bournemouth maintains an A-Z of trades people who have been previously vetted by Trading Standards and whose minimum requirement is to produce public liability insurance on an annual basis.