As part of our regular update of local services for carers in Luton, this week we feature Age Concern Luton.

Age Concern Luton is Luton’s largest charity working with older people and has been helping older people and their carers get the services they need for over 20 years.

They offer a wide range of practical services including:

Help with money

The team of support workers are able to complete benefit forms, apply for benevolent funds, and help you take control of your finances.

Help at home

Age Concern Luton have developed services which allow older people to remain independent in their own homes. One of the biggest issues for older people is general home maintenance, and keeping the home safe and usable over time. They provide handy-people do a range of jobs; from simple tasks like changing light bulbs or rearranging furniture through to much larger skilled work such as constructing hand rails, banisters and steps.

The team are also able to apply for funds and grants for specific home improvements and are able to source reputable local tradesmen to ensure older people get a quality job at the right price.

Social activities

They currently run a number of lunch clubs where members can get a freshly cooked hot meal and the opportunity to sit, talk and play games with other people.  All the clubs are member led which means they leave it to members to decide what activities should be offered – in the last year they’ve had sing-a-longs, arts & crafts, bingo, quizzes, dominoes, and countless other fun things to do.

Befriending scheme

It is not always possible for people to attend social activities though this does not mean these people are any less lonely. Age Concern Luton was one of the first organisations in Britain to develop a befriending scheme where volunteer visitors (normally retired people) pop in for a chat and a cuppa with lonely older people.

In order to help those people who would like a visitor but do not have one, as well as those that are not well enough for someone to come round, they provide a telephone friendship club.

Meet & Greet service for people returning home after a stay in hospital or respite care

Meet & Greet helps people settle back in at home and the support workers make sure that the cupboards are full, beds are made, and everything is in place for the best possible recovery. This service lasts for up to six weeks and is designed to help older people resolve any issues, practical or emotional, that come up in that time. They also provide assistance with making sure future appointments are kept and everything else in the care plan is working properly.

See the website or contact them directly on 01582 456 812 for help and support for older people and their carers in Luton.