Don't forget, waste collections will be a day later than usual all this week after the spring bank holiday.
Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Somerset Adult Social Care - Independent Living Centres (SILC)

Somerset Adult Social Care have Independent Living Centres (SILCs) to help people in Somerset who need advice about and support with living independently.

Our centres in Shepton Mallet, Wellington and Yeovil are open for appointment-only bookings in which you can talk to our Social Care Occupational Therapy-led team and try equipment and technology to make daily life easier. We offer free unbiased information and advice.

The support can include equipment for the bathroom, kitchen and general moving around your home. We can also show specific technology to help people with their caring role.

For more information, including how to book your appointment and what to expect when you visit, see our Equipment to Help You page.

Somerset Lifeline

There are other ways you can stay safe and independent at home. Lifelines, or community alarm services, are low-cost pendant alarm services for anyone who needs support at home or may be at risk of falling. They can offer a wide range of alarms to suit every individual and the highly trained support team will help you find the right alarm for you.

The lifeline is an emergency alarm comprising a button worn on the wrist or around the neck, and a small alarm unit that plugs into your electricity socket and phone line. At the touch of a button help is on hand from our Somerset-based response team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Additional alerts can be added to the system, including falls alarms, smoke alarms, door exits sensors and heat alarms. In some areas there is also a 24 hour lifeline response service that will attend your home if you need help. Somerset Lifeline are part of Somerset Council.

You can also try some of the lifeline equipment at our Independent Living Centres – see above.

Carer pagers are also available and can alert a family member or friend of a sensor being triggered. This can be particularly helpful and reassuring if you have returned home after being in hospital.
For more information, please visit the Somerset Lifeline website or phone 0300 123 2224.

Somerset Independence Plus (SIP)

Somerset Independence Plus (SIP) is the council’s preferred home improvement agency.

Home improvement agencies are local, trusted organisations that help older, disabled and vulnerable people with reliable information and advice. They support people to make modifications to their homes as their health and needs change, through later years especially.

Somerset Independence Plus – which is part of Somerset Council – provides a range of services to make your home safe, secure, warm and easier to manage. We can provide:

• home safety checks
• full support with applying for Disabled Facilities Grants and other financial assistance
• information, advice and guidance about the options available to improve your independence, comfort, safety and security of your home
• assistance with home improvements including improving the insulation and heating in your home

For more information, please visit the Somerset Independence Plus website or phone 0300 123 2224.

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Grants and loans

Assistance to make your home safer and fund disabled adaptations is available from the council. Visit our financial assistance page to find out what help is available.

Energy advice

Advice is available from the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Contact the Home Energy team on 0800 082 2234 or visit their  website for expert advice to help you stay warm in your home and save on fuel costs.

More information is available at Home Energy team at the Centre for Sustainable Energy

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Last reviewed: April 18, 2024 by Ian

Next review due: October 18, 2024

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