Living alone - other resources
Find other useful organisations and resources to support people with dementia who live alone.
Services and support
There are lots of organisations providing services for people with dementia. You might want to contact some local organisations to see if they have services you would find helpful.
Local groups including Alzheimer’s Society provide a range of services that you might find helpful. These could include information and support, peer support groups for people with dementia, activity groups, Singing for the Brain®, Side by Side and more.
Age UK run a range of services for older people and people with dementia. These include help at home, benefits advice, handyman services and gardening services.
Your local authority provides information, advice and services. These will vary depending on where you live. For more information contact your local authority directly. You can find contact details in the phone book or on the GOV.UK website.
Local homecare agencies offer a range of services from help with managing everyday jobs to personal care. For details of agencies in your area contact the UK Homecare Association (details below) or your local authority.
There may be other local voluntary organisations that provide information or support where you live. For more details visit your library or contact your local authority.
Other useful organisations
1–6 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9NA
0800 169 6565 (advice line, 8am–7pm every day)
Tŷ John Pathy
13/14 Neptune Court
Cardiff CF24 5PJ
08000 223 444 (advice line, 9am–5pm weekdays)
3 Lower Crescent
Belfast BT7 1NR
0808 808 7575 (advice line, 9am–5pm weekdays)
Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.
Offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to help people resolve problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing and discrimination.
Dementia Action Alliance
An alliance of organisations across England that works to improve health and social care outcomes for people with dementia, including work on dementia-friendly communities.
Disabled Living Foundation
Unit 1, 34 Chatfield Road
London SW11 3SE
National organisation providing practical advice and information on equipment and technology than can help people with dementia to live more independently.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel
89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about their housing and care needs.
327 Upper Fourth Street
Milton Keynes MK9 1EH
Scheme that sells jewellery engraved with a code that links to a person’s medical records. It allows health professionals to get a person’s history in an emergency.
Message in a Bottle
Message in a Bottle is a free scheme run by Lions Club International. They provide free bottles that you keep in your fridge with your medical information inside, in case of an emergency. For more contact your local Lions Club through the website.
The Silver Line
19-23 Featherstone Street
London EC1Y 8SL
Provides a 24-hour helpline for older people across the UK. Also provides telephone and letter friendship schemes.
Shared Lives Plus
G04 The Cotton Exchange
Old Hall Street
Liverpool L3 9JR
A UK network of carers and support workers involved in lots of small projects to help adults across the country.
UK Homecare Association
Sutton Business Centre
Wallington SM6 7AH
Professional association of homecare providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.
Last reviewed: August 2017
Next review due: August 2020
Reviewed by: Emma Ouldred, Lead Dementia and Delirium Nurse, King’s College Hospital and Caroline Cottrell, Memory Service Practitioner, Haringey Memory Service.
This information has also been reviewed by people affected by dementia. With special thanks to the Service User and Carer Forum at Haringey Memory Service for their input and suggestions.
A list of sources is available on request.