Living and feeling better can start with a simple step-connecting. Health Connections Mendip is provided by your Mendip GP practices to improve your health and wellbeing.
For befriending support and help with your shopping please get in touch on the email address or telephone number below and you will be matched with a volunteer who can help.
CHS provides a free and independent service that can help you find the right care home, live-in or domiciliary care package.
Experienced specialists will help to find suitable care for each individual family. The service they provide is completely free and impartial. Please contact their Somerset team as below.
The service is for people who will be self-funding, rather than those who are eligible for funding through their local council.
Micro-providers are providers of very small, community based care and support services. Micro-providers provide help at home in the Somerset and Mendip area. To find a mirco-provider in your area click on the website link below, which will take you to the to Somerset Community Connect Micro-Provider Directory. You can use their website to search for micro-proivders by location and type of service required.
You can also find information under the Advice and Information section on Somerset Community Connect’s website, which explains what micro-providers are and how they meet certain quality and safety standards.
You can access a paper PDF version of this list to print out by clicking here
If you or someone in your property is disabled you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This would help towards the cost of providing major adaptations and facilities that would help the person to live in their home. The applicant of the grant must be either the owner of the property or a tenant.
The landlord of the property may also apply and a tenant must have the permission of the landlord. There are conditions attached please ask on application. To apply contact Adult Social Care on the number below and ask for an Occupational Therapist Assessment or visit website for more information.
If you or a loved-one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, Dorothy House are here to offer support. We care for people with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses and we provide 80% of our services directly in the community. We provide outstanding palliative and end of life care, giving patients, their families and carers access to specialists in a range of services.
All our services are free of charge. As well as GP and health professionals – patients, families and carers can also self-refer to Dorothy House. Following an initial conversation, with the person’s consent, we will contact the patient’s GP to get the up to date information we need. This enables us to provide the right care and support needed at any particular time.
To enquire about a minor adaptation such as grab rails, lever taps, threshold lowering etc. contact Somerset Direct.
Disabled Facilities grants:
To find out more about disabled facilities such as level access showers and stairlifts and apply for a grant (subject to eligibility) contact Adult Social Care via Somerset Direct and request to speak to an Occupational Therapist.
Independent Living Officers:
For referrals and enquiries regarding our hoarding service, Home Safety checks, Decent Homes, or for one of our trusted assessors to refer grab rails around your property contact Somerset Independent Plus.
*Covid update. At the moment Home Safety Visits will only be carried out in the following circumstances:
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service offer a Free Home Fire Safety Visit – a visit involves a fire and rescue service employee visiting your home to give advice and guidance to help with fire safety needs eg fit a smoke detector if there isn’t one, provide advice about hazards around the home, talk through an escape plan and provide additional safety items such as vibrating alerts (subject to criteria). Also advice for people with hoarding issues.
If you or someone you know feels unsafe within their home, you may benefit from a free initial Home Safety
Assessment from one of our Trusted Assessors.
Your assessor will be able to identify and recommend a range of equipment, low level repairs and adaptations, welfare benefits that may help you, advice on removing trip hazards and signpost you to
other services. During the assessment your trusted assessor can even measure and arrange the fitting for a minor adaptation such as rails, mop-sticks, indicator strips and lighting for visual impairment.
To self-refer for a Home Safety Assessment contact us and a member of our business support team will get back to you within 10 working days.
*Covid update: Most services remain the same, furniture is now online only.*
HomeFirst Plus provides a range of practical services and home adaptations for anyone needing support. The service covers the whole of the Somerset, as well as Bath and North East Somerset.
If you need advice, small aids or equipment, guidance on home improvements or you would like a referral for minor works such as rails and ramping or larger works under a Disabled Facilities Grant you may benefit in visiting our Independent Advice Centre (IAC) in Shepton Mallet.
Here you will be able to try a range of equipment, to increase your home safety and independence. At an Independent Advice Centre, you will be able to speak to an Occupational Therapist or Adult Social Care Worker for professional advice and for a practical assessment.
Unfortunately, we are not currently offering a ‘drop-in’ system due to the ongoing implications of COVID-19, this may change in the future with the ongoing review of the guidelines by the Government.
To book a visit to view the equipment at an Independent Advice Centre, or to request a practical assessment please call Somerset Direct.
Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.
You can call their Helpline, listed below, Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 6.30pm (closed on bank holidays). You can also email your query to the address below.
Hot meals delivered by volunteer drivers. Delivering hot fresh lunches in the following areas: Cheddar, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street, Wells and surrounding villages.
Cost: £6.00 for 2 courses – Menu available online. Orders taken over the telephone or via email (order before 3.00pm for next day delivery). Frozen meals can also be ordered.
Berkley Catering Ltd offer a hot lunchtime meal delivery service in the Frome Area, providing you daily with a choice of two main meals and two desserts brought to you piping hot on china tableware.
Delivery will be between 12 and 1.30pm Monday -Friday Mains meals £4.00 and a dessert £2.00
A complete monthly list of choices will be sent to you, simply ring to pre order or tell us your next order when we deliver. The best time to ring us is later in the afternoon as we are out making deliveries around lunchtime.
For the hire of mobility aids including wheelchairs. There’s a delivery and pick up costs as well as donation for the hire depending on the item. Cost no barrier for those not able to donate.
The Red Cross helps thousands of people following a short stay in hospital and prevents unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support at home. The support offered by our volunteers can smooth the process of settling back into a normal routine and enable people to regain their confidence and independence. The service includes: rebuilding confidence, collecting prescriptions, offering companionship, assistance with shopping. The service is available on a time-limited basis. Usually 6 weeks. Referrals are accepted from GPs, hospitals, social workers and individuals. No Domestic chores such as washing up carried out.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
The Royal Voluntary Service have volunteers across Somerset who offer help and support so older people can stay independent at home. Volunteers will visit you at home and work with you to create a support package that suits you. This may include some company and a chat with regular visits from a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, telephone befriending or delivering Books on Wheels and other items like DVDs to your home. The Royal Voluntary Service also run lunch clubs and social clubs for people to attend. Calls can be made Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
This is an online tool designed to give impartial advice about equipment to help make your daily living easier.
Somerset Direct – Adult Social Care supports adults of working age and older people who have disabilities, mental health problems, a sensory loss or general frailty.
We provide an integrated service for the disabled and vulnerable people of Somerset, to enable them to be
more independent, improve their housing and to live in safer homes through disabled adaptations, home
improvements and prevention services.
The Home Maintenance Service is a subsidised service for small repairs and jobs around your house. The care and repair team works together with local authorities as well as the NHS in Somerset. The service also aims to reduce accidents and help make your home more secure.
To book a visit or to enquire an assessment at one of our Independent Advice Centres please contact Somerset Direct On 0300 123 2224 or alternatively you can email email@example.com
The Somerset Social Care and Support for Adults Guide explores the entire social care journey. The online guide includes information on paying for care, finding the right care home, specialist care or help for carers. The social care guide also gives you a list of care providers in Somerset, so whether you’re looking for a nursing home for dad in Frome, or a home care service for mum in Taunton Deane, this health and social care directory can help you. Follow the website link below to the e-book.
The Cinnamon Trust is a national network of community service volunteers that provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care of pets pose a problem, for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital. Volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited. For more information about the service or to become a volunteer please call us or visit our website. Please note referrals need to be done by the individual.