Around the Home - Local information
NL Leisure's Active Health Programme, in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, provides a range of supported programmes to help individuals realise the benefits of becoming more physically active and also assisting those who are recovering from minor or serious illness.
The programmes are aimed at individuals who would benefit from a reduction in sedentary behaviour, increase in physical activity or who need more specific support in taking part in physical activity sessions due to a particular health issue.
For more information please visit: www.activenl.co.uk/active-health or contact:
Health & Wellbeing Manager
Tel: 01236 341709
The community alarm service helps people living in North Lanarkshire who need some extra support to stay in their own homes with the security of knowing that they can call for help in an emergency, such as a fall or an illness, at any time of the day or night.
For more information please visit: www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adults/community-alarm-service.
Whatever your eye problem your first port of call should be an optometrist (optician). An optometrist is the best person to assess urgent eye problems, check for eye disorders and treat eye conditions. They have the professional training and necessary equipment to assess most eye problems.
Community optometry practices (opticians) have resumed providing routine eye care services in all settings. This includes regular eye examinations and contact lens check-ups.
You can self-present to any community optometrist in Lanarkshire although it is advised that you call first to arrange an appointment to allow the practice to comply with safe distancing regulations. In some cases you can be offered advice by telephone, or you book into a practice to be seen.
All practices are able to manage a wide range of conditions. Some practices will have a prescribing optometrist available allowing for more complex treatments to be offered.
Most optometrists are part of the Lanarkshire Eye-health Network Scheme (LENS). The optometrists who are part of the LENS can offer an appointment and assessment service for any concerns you may have.
For more information please visit: www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/community-optician.
Regular eye tests detect any issues with your vision and if necessary your Optomotrist will refer you to an eye specialist called an Ophthalmologist. Your Ophthamologist will diagnose your condition and advise of treatments. If your sight loss is at a particular level you may meet the criteria for certification as sight impaired or severely sight impaired. Only your Ophthalmologist in the hospital can determine this.
For further information, contact a Rehabilitation and Mobility Officer at your local Social Work Office.
Airdrie Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01236 856000
Coatbridge Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01236 856110
Cumbernauld Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01236 856170
Bellshill Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01698 403520
Motherwell Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01698 274470
Wishaw Sensory Impairment
Tel: 01698 274430
Safer Homes, is a joint partnership service with North Lanarkshire Council and offers a free service to householders from North Lanarkshire who would benefit from additional safety and security measures. The team have been carrying out the Safer Homes service since October 2012, and have received more than 2060 referrals, visited over 2,500 properties, installed over 9,000 pieces of safety equipment.
To request a referral for a Safer Homes assessment please contact either your local Housing or Social Work Office.
Housing office - www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7982
Social Work Office - www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/directories/social-work-locality-offices
North Lanarkshire Council have a team of Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers who support people with a sensory impairment. They can provide information and practical advice to enable you to be as independent as possible.
They can be contacted through your local Social Work Office.
PFSS provides a unique service, supporting pet owners who are in one of the following emergency situations:
- Ill health
- Temporary homelessness
- Domestic abuse
If a pet owner is in one of these situations and is unable to afford boarding fees or arrange any other care for their pet, then PFSS will try to help. PFSS does not operate a boarding centre or kennels but relies solely on volunteers who welcome the pet into their own home.
Foster carers have been approved through an assessment process and had a home visit by a PFSS team member.
For more information please visit: www.pfss.org.uk or tel: 0844 811 9909 between 9am and 7pm daily.
Your answers have indicated that you have regretted letting someone into your home, e.g. someone claiming to be from a utility company or a pushy sales person.
If you have not already done so, you may wish to report this person to Trading Standards on 01236 856361 or email TradingStandards@northlan.gov.uk. In order to investigate this, they will need as much specific information as possible.
If you would like to report a suspected incident of Doorstep Crime, please contact your local police or Trading Standards office. More information can be found on:
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Contacting adult social care services in North Lanarkshire
The following website has a form for contacting North Lanarkshire Council about adult social care services.
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Virtual & telephone support service, along with cancer packs service, available for people affected by cancer in Lanarkshire.
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Your guide to parks, green spaces and nature.
A Local Information System for Scotland enabling people to find and share information on resources, services, groups and support in their local communities and online.
For more information visit: https://www.aliss.org/
New online debt system launched
An online form is now available for anyone who needs debt advice. Residents can make a request online, any time that suits day or night.
The form is part of a new system for managing the council's debt advice service and provides a confidential, accessible way to digitally sign required paperwork upload evidence and receive correspondence.
To complete the form, residents must use a MyAccount, which is quick and easy to set up and allows residents to access a number of services including reporting a housing or bin issue, paying Council Tax and booking a special uplift.
For more information visit the debt and advice page: https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-money/debt-advice
NHS Lanarkshire - "Practical Tips to help my memory" booklet
If you have a problem with your memory it can have an impact on your ability to do everyday tasks. If you follow helpful habits and routines this may minimise the impact of your memory impairment. This booklet is designed by Occupational Therapists to illustrate some practical strategies that you might find helpful.
What do you want for tea? booklet
Quick and easy recipes to support you to eat well at home.
Food Train in Lanarkshire
Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries.
A team of local volunteers help with household jobs, deliver books through their library service.
They also provide friendly social contact and meals through their Meal Makers and befriending services.
Aura in North Lanarkshire
Aura is a new service, supporting people affected by domestic abuse across North Lanarkshire.
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