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The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire is part of a network of 144 Carer Centres in the UK. The network is co-ordinated by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, founded by Princess Anne in Glasgow in 1991.The work they do is varied and is tailored to the needs of each individual carer. Their focus is on giving carers accurate and up-to-date information on anything from disability aids to benefits claims. They also run special support groups, act as carers' advocates, liaise with Social Services, GPs, hospitals and the Benefits Agency amongst others and offer free counselling to carers by way of qualified voluntary counsellors. They also offer Emergency Planning for Carers where they help carers draw up their own emergency plan which will be activated should there be an emergency and the carer is unable to fulfil their caring role.
Winchester Live at Home Scheme provides volunteer based support and friendship to older people in Winchester who still live in their own home and may have become isolated and lonely for whatever reason. All of their Members benefit from a regular newsletter and the opportunity to join in with a varied programme of Scheme outings and events. They run a range of clubs for which door to door transport is provided where required. Less able Members can receive regular visits at home from one of the Volunteers whom can also provide support with shopping and transport where necessary.
Age UK Mid Hampshire is an independent local charity providing support for older people, their families and their carers in Winchester and the surrounding area. Our principle services reflect the needs of older people in the area and include Lunch Clubs, Help at Home and Information and Advice.
Home Instead Central Hampshire was the best decision our family ever made to help keep our mother (now 91 ) living in her home independently as she wants. From the first two hour visit to meet the client and get to know what makes them tick they will match the carers with the client. The genuine care, companionship when the client's world is becoming smaller, wisdom, practical advice, help, appointment support, and general support they give to both the client and their families is simply invaluable in my opinion.
For our mother, who is fiercely independent, Home Instead has become the lifeline to both her happiness - at home in her own surroundings which is exactly where she wants to be and ours, her family's peace of mind - simply the best thing we ever did.