Older Adult

  • Older Adult

When we say Older Adult we are look at anyone over the age of 60. This section includes details of many services for Older Adults which provide information and support.

60+ Southampton City Council

60+ project will help those over 60 remain independent and live life to the fullest. Financial, practical and social support

Tel: 02380 833675
Email: housing.support@southampton.gov.uk

Abbeyfield Society

Abbeyfield helps an increasing number of older people enjoy a high quality of independent living provided through a range of services, including housing, support or care, with local community involvement.

Tel: 02380 555668
Web: www.abbeyfield.com
Address: Abbeyfield Southampton & District Society, 15 Cobbett Road, Southampton, SO18 1HJ

Admiral Nurses – The Macmillan Nurses of Dementia.

Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses specialising in dementia care, working collaboratively with health and social care professionals and voluntary organisations to improve the experiences of those affected by dementia.

Admiral Nurses offer individualised support for family carers and people with dementia, which entails comprehensive assessment of need and provision of a range of therapeutic approaches designed to promote emotional well being and equip family carers with skills and information.

Admiral Nurses offer individualised support for family carers.

Admiral Nursing was established as a result of the experiences of family carers and are named after Joseph Levy who had vascular dementia and was known as “Admiral Joe” due to his keen interest in sailing.

Admiral Nurses work in partnership with family carers and people with dementia. The services they offer can include:

  • Skilled person-centred assessments of the needs of family carers and individuals with dementia
  • Psychological support to help family carers and people with dementia understand and deal with their feelings and emotions
  • Relevant information in the appropriate amount of detail and in a way that can easily be understood
  • Practical advice
  • Helping family carers to develop and improve skills in care giving
  • Clear guidance about how appropriate services and sources of support can be accessed in local areas
  • Liaison with other professionals and organisations to ensure that families obtain co-ordinated support
  • Therapeutic, psycho-educational and social support groups for family carers
  • Referral to treatment and support services

Admiral Nurses work with family carers of all ages and people with any form of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Pick’s disease, Lewy Body dementia and fronto-temporal dementia.

Throughout England there are 100 Admiral Nurses.

Admiral Nursing Direct dementia helpline

Local contacts:

Hampshire Admiral Nurse Service with The Royal British Legion

This service is open to beneficiaries of The Royal British Legion. The service operates an open referral system. The carer must be the main carer for the person living with dementia.

For more information on how to access this service please contact 023 8202 5787 or visit http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/living-independently/admiral-nurses/

You can also contact the Legion Line on 0808 802 8080


Do you have a question about dementia? Perhaps you’re concerned about changes in your own, or someone else’s, behaviour? Or maybe you want to find out more about support in your local area?

Our Admiral Nurses are here to help you. They can give you specialist practical and emotional support, on our dementia helpline through the phone or our email service.

Call our dementia helpline on 0800 888 6678 for advice.

Who is the helpline for?

  • Family or professional carers of someone with dementia
  • People dealing with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Those worried about their memory or the memory of a loved one

What happens when I call?

  • Our Admiral Nurses will listen to you and give appropriate advice and support
  • You can take your time. There’s no time limit – many people call for more than 45 minutes – and you can call back whenever you need us
  • You’ll receive a tailored information pack after your call which will be sent out in the post, if needed

At my lowest ebb, someone suggested I ring an Admiral Nurse. I had never heard of them but I rang. I firmly believe the nurse who talked to me for an hour on the phone saved my life.

– Sheila Wainwright, former carer and campaigner

How do I get in touch?

Contact one of our Admiral Nurses today. Please call 0800 888 6678 from 9:15am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday and also from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Age UK Southampton

  • To provide support and services to all older people, and those who care for them, living in the City of Southampton.
  • To reduce isolation, poverty and health inequalities.
  • To promote positive ageing and independence by encouraging and supporting active and healthy lifestyles.
  • To inform people of their rights and choices.

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.

Providing advice and support
Tackling social isolation and loneliness
Improving physical activity
Improving IT skills

Tel: 02380 368636
Web: www.ageuk.org.uk/southampton/
Address: 1 Saxon Gate, Back of the Walls, SO14 3HA

Age UK’s own online radio show:


Age Concern Hampshire

Age Concern Hampshire’s Information and Advice service, drop-in appointments for people who prefer talking with someone face-to-face and a home visiting service is also available.

Info & Advice Line: 0800 328 7154
Enquiries: 01962 868545
Web: www.ageconcernhampshire.org.uk/
Address: 1 St Cross Road, Winchester, S023 9JA

CareCams (this is a commercial and paid for product and is not a recommendation)

A video monitoring solution for the elderly gives you an extra eye so that you can keep it on your loved ones. From one central website you can view access feeds from multiple rooms / locations. You can feel confident that your parents, other family members or close friends are safe and well.



Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone. Offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.

Call Freephone 0800 716543 or local organiser Suzan Hyland on 02074205811


Dementia: Not sure it that’s what it is?

A video from Royal Society of Psychiatrists here.


Exercise classes for older people in the city. http://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/advice.page?id=QjgS0_5YGtY

Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA)

Website: idea.nottingham.ac.uk

Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA) is a free online learning centre for people with and . Also hosts blogs.

Falls Prevention

Advice available here:


FirstStop Advice

FirstStop Advice is an independent, impartial and free service offering advice and information to older people, their families and carers about housing and care options for later life.

The service is provided by Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) in partnership with a number of other national and local organisations, and brings together a wealth of expertise to help older people explore the options and choices open to them. We can provide specialist help on any aspect of care, support or housing for elderly people, including financial issues as well as statutory rights and entitlements.

Address: 3rd Floor
89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP

Phone: 0800 377 7070 / 0203 519 6002
E-Mail: info@firststopadvice.org.uk
Web: http://www.eac.org.uk/

Friends of the Elderly

Be a Friend Campaign


Send us a message

Got a question? Not sure who to ask? Then simply email us at:info@beafriendtoday.org.uk or find Friends of the Elderly on Twitter.

Call us

T. 020 7730 8263

Write to us

Be a Friend
Friends of the Elderly
40-42 Ebury Street
London SW1W 0LZ

Handy Person Service – Society of St. James

The Handy Person Service (HP+) provides a maintenance and repair service for older vulnerable and other vulnerable people living in the city in their own privately owned/rented accommodation.

Tel: 0800 085 4802 | Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm | Friday 9am-4.30pm:
Web: http://www.ssj.org.uk/support-home/the-handy-person-service-hp/

Home Instead Senior Care

Carer support services, paid care. Also useful online tutorials to guide you in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias: http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/Online_Training_Tutorials.do

Tel: 01489 559007
Web: www.homeinstead.co.uk
Address: 10-14 Middle Road, Park Gate, SO31 7GH

In Touch

They offer a range of services especially for older people. When they talk about older people they mean someone around the age of 65 or over, although some of their schemes provide help for people from the age of 55. They offer several services for older people:

  • Floating support services – support available wherever you live, often enabling you to live independently in your own home
  • Support along with a place to live which can also include extra care services
  • Domiciliary care services (care in your own home)

Their extra care schemes provide services and housing for people generally over the age of 65. These offer set hours of daily care, such as washing, dressing or help with medication. Domiciliary care offers the same kind of care but in your own home. They aim to offer a service based on your particular needs, where you’re in control and take part in decisions.

Tel: 02380 837800 | Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Address: 63 St Mary’s Street, St Mary’s, Southampton, SO14 1NU

Independent Age

Resources: Wise Guides on many topics – TalkTime Phone clubs – Befriending service

Advice Line: 0800 319 6789
Web: www.independentage.org/

Free factsheets on common topics facing older people here:

Independent Age produce a range of up-to-date information factsheets on the most common issues faced by older people. Available to download for free, the factsheets are designed to offer advice on care and support to older people, their families and carers.


Memory Cafe

Run by Admiral Nurses. Sessions held at Medwall Court, Tatwin Close, Thornhill on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 2.00-4.00pm. Also held at Manston Court, Lordshill, SO16 8HF on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 2.00-4.00pm.

Run by Admiral Nurses Team, Southampton Community Healthcare

2nd/4th Tuesday Manston Court, Lordshill SO16 8HF

1st/3rd Tuesday Medwall Court, Tatwin Close, Thornhill SO19 6JQ


Telephone 02380 834379

Mobility Strategies

(Alzheimer’s Society) Remaining physically active can have a significant impact on well-being. When you are caring for someone with dementia, if you are able to help them retain mobility, it can also enable greater co-operation and opportunity for shared activities.

There may be many reasons why someone with dementia loses mobility but with specific goals in mind and a positive and practical approach to solving problems, there are ways in which you can help themstay active.

The following range of strategies, included in Promoting mobility for people with dementia: A problem-solving approach, may help to promote or maintain particular types of activity. For each activity, alternative suggestions are given in order to increase the chances of success. The strategies are listed below and may be downloaded individually or as a complete set.

Mobility Strategies

National Careline

The National Careline is a not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families.

The objective of the National Careline is to provide a portal that signposts users to various organisations including, Government departments and support networks to help create a clearer understanding of the care maze.

Topics include:

  • What help and type of help is available
  • Where to access help
  • Where to access financial support

The National Careline also provides a wealth of extra lifestyle information that users may find beneficial in their support and care of the older person.

Our service is free to all users

Our mission at The National Careline is to give you the help and support you need together with the information to plan ahead with confidence for the future.

Helpline: 0800 0699 784

Email: office@thenationalcareline.org

Older Drivers

There is a new national website to help you to recognise whether and how your driving is changing, what you can do to cope with these changes, find a local driving assessment or refresher training, understand the law about health conditions and driving and renewing your driving licence and plan for the need to change when and where you drive, and if it becomes necessary, to retire from driving.  Click below to take you to the site.


If you have any questions about this site, or can’t find the advice or information that you need, please email info@olderdrivers.org.uk.

Need help? Call us ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Southampton Health Services Retirement Fellowship

Retired group to meet friends over coffee.

Jean Fourcroy: 02380 553446
Coffee Morning: 9.30am on 3rd Thursday of the month at St. James Rd. Methodist Church, St. James Road, Shirley


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