Health and Support at Home
Day-to-day help for home-related tasks
If you or a relative needs help with day-to-day tasks, such as shopping, light cleaning, form filling and meal preparation, there are many caring organisations that you can contact.
- Totnes Caring or call 01803 865684
- Dartmouth Caring or call 01803 835 384
- South Hams CVS
- In Touch at Home Tavistock
- In Touch at Home Okehampton
- Devon Carers or call 0345 643 4435
- Community Links SW (West Devon)
- Tavistock Area Support Services or call 01822 616958
- Extra Help or call 01822 368368 (covers South Hams and West Devon)
- Kingsbridge Age Concern or call 01548 856650
- Ivybridge Caring or call 01752 891928
- Friendly Faces
- Helping Hands homecare - providing live in care, visiting care services and respite care.
If you are caring for someone, you may be entitled to support from the Government. Please visit Gov.UK to find out more and apply.
Carers may also be entitled to a discount on their Council Tax. Please see Discounts and Exemptions for more information and to apply.
If you need help with medical services such as dentists, pharmacists and care homes, please visit Healthwatch Devon for more information.
Other help for Home Services
- Apply for an assisted waste collection from South Hams or West Devon. This is a free service available to infirm or disabled people, or anyone who has a medical condition that makes putting their waste out difficult.
- If you have difficulty with everyday tasks like getting in and out of bed, washing, dressing or moving around there is a huge range of equipment and electronic gadgets available from Devon County Council to help. You can call for an assessment on 0345 155 1007.
- Apply for a Blue Badge - The Blue Badge Scheme helps disabled people to get to places they need to go and park near to the place they want to be.
- If you need help to stay living at home, you can contact Adult Services at Devon County Council for advice and support.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help with extra living costs if you have both:
- a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability
- difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around because of your condition
- If you are in Kingsbridge and need a lift to an appointment at the Norton Brook Medical Centre you can call 01548 855 128 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to arrange transportation. A small donation towards the driver's petrol is requested when using the service.
- For nearly everything else, your local Citizens Advice can offer support and advice.
- If you need help with the costs of transport to hospital or NHS premises for specialist treatment, you may be able to claim a refund of travel costs from the NHS healthcare travel costs scheme (HTCS)
Befriending and Social Prescribing
- Time2Talk is a telephone and online service, provided by a friendly team of staff and volunteers. They listen and offer peer support, information, advice and signposting, for people with a long-term health condition, disability, or Deaf people who use BSL. You can call them on 0300 3033691 or text 07856 426940.
- Social Prescribing is a way that your GP can refer you to groups and community activities that may benefit your health and wellbeing. Evidence shows that social prescribing can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. Speak to your GP practice to find out more.
- Positive People provides help for unemployed people aged 25 and older. They can help with anxiety and isolation, access to benefits or housing and financial advice.
- PLAIT - Preventing Loneliness and Isolation Together - this group operates from Fairplace Church, Okehampton, and provides small group conversations, seated exercise and lunch. Every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. Call Alan or Joyce for more information on 01837 54397.
- Community Links SW is a community interest company (CIC) providing support services, befriending and signposting in the West Devon area.
- Kingsbridge Memory Café, run by the Alzheimer's Society, runs on the third Thursday of the month from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Age Concern Building, Ilbert Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DZ. They provide support for local people affected by dementia in a relaxed and social environment. For more information, please contact Connie Sharp on 0300 123 2029 (voicemail).
- Alzheimer's Society offers a helpline and online or face to face support.
- Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm is a group of five local parishes that supports the growth of dementia friendly communities.
- Dementia UK has information leaflets, help on how to get a diagnosis and a helpline with Admiral Nurses.
- Ivybridge Caring Volunteers offer befriending and support at their Memory Cafe
- South Brent Caring offers befriending and support at their Community Cafe.
- The Filo Project provides day care for individuals in small groups in a host's own home.
- Yealmpton Community Association has coffee mornings for those who are housebound or feel isolated and would like some companionship.
Furniture Grants and Support
- The Eaton Fund exists to help women fleeing domestic violence. They can help with the cost of carpets and flooring, white goods and beds.
- The Salvation Army can provide support with grants and furniture.
- Refurnish Devon provides low cost household goods to people on low incomes throughout Devon.
- Okehampton United Charities and Okehampton Educational Foundation are charities based in Okehampton. They can make grants to any group or individual residing with in Okehampton Town and Okehampton Hamlets (Brightley, Southcott, Meldon and Stockley).
- The Cornelius Fund exists to help people in and around Kingsbridge with housing needs. They can help by providing an interest free loan for the deposit and the first month's rent to people trying to get started in local private rented accommodation. They can also assist with household furniture.
- Northcott Devon Foundation is a charitable Foundation which helps individuals facing extreme difficulties where such financial help may offer some long term benefit.