For people who need support to maintain their independence, there's lots of activities, services, and a place to socialise in an informal and supportive environment. Some provide a midday meal, refreshments and personal care assistance.
Community and day centres
Day centres help maintain skills you need to keep your independence, such as:
- practical help such as learning or re-learning daily living skills
- gentle exercise groups
- help with mobility
- activities such as craft, hobbies and games
This is provided away from the person's home and transport can be arranged as part of the service. Day care also enables carers to have a break from caring.
You can arrange day care privately with help from voluntary organisations.
Day care can also be arranged through the Council following a social care assessment of your needs. If you're:
- in hospital and planning your discharge you can ask for a nurse to contact the hospital social work team for an assessment
- living at home and receiving help from social services, speak to your social worker or occupational therapist for more information
- new to social services contact Social Care Direct on 020 8359 5000.
Meals in the community
If you fancy a bit of company while you have your meals, why not visit one of the many lunch clubs which provide hot meals at venues across Barnet. Some meals in the community provide social activities and information sharing sessions.
Art and Culture Dementia Café
The Art and Culture Dementia Café is an informal meeting place for people concerned about their memory and their carers. It is an opportunity to receive peer support and information whilst taking part in activities such as pottery, dance, photography, film making, theatre workshops and much more.
There will be three Cafes running each month, one is in New Barnet, another in Mill Hill and in Finchley Memorial Hospital:
- Every first Monday of each month from 1-3pm at Lyonsdown Hall, 3 Lyonsdown Road, New Barnet, EN5 1JB.
- Every last Friday of each month from 10.30-12.30pm at The Eversfield Centre, 11 Eversfield Gardens, Mill Hill, NW7 2AE.
- Every second Wednesday of the month from 2 – 4pm at Activity Rooms, Ground Floor, Finchley Memorial Hospital, Granville Road, Finchley N12 0JE
Free parking and refreshments are available, donation of £3. For further information please contact Jessica on 020 8937 7171 or email Barnet@alzheimers.org.uk
Befriending services (Good Neighbour Schemes)
Befriending is a service that aims to provide companionship and support for the elderly who are lonely and isolated, especially due to frailty and physical disability.
There are 5 befriending services in the Barnet area:
- Friend in Need, East and New Barnet areas
- High Barnet Good Neighbour Scheme
- The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill HIll and Burnt Oak
- Telephone befriending service, where a volunteer calls you
- Barnet-wide befriending service, where a volunteer comes to your home
Support and services offered are usually by donation or at low cost:
- exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance
- IT training
- hot lunches
- a friendly voice and telephone chat
- outings to shops and parks
Age UK Barnet's Handyperson Service provides practical help to older and disabled people who have difficulties with carrying out small jobs around the house. Adjustments can be made to homes to prevent falls and assistance given to keep homes safe.
Labour is free, however there's a charge for materials used to complete the agreed work.
Examples of the kind of work covered by the scheme includes:
- replacing light bulbs
- fitting security equipment such as door chains, locks and spyholes
- installing smoke detectors
- taking down and putting up curtains
- hanging blinds
- changing tap washers
- installing key safes.
If you have any jobs that need doing or know someone who needs some help around the house, call 020 8150 0963 or email email@example.com.