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

Age UK

Tavis House
1–6 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9NA

0800 169 6565 (advice line, 8am–7pm every day)

Age Cymru

Tŷ John Pathy
13/14 Neptune Court
Vanguard Way
Cardiff CF24 5PJ

08000 223 444 (advice line, 9am–5pm weekdays)

Age NI

3 Lower Crescent
Belfast BT7 1NR

0808 808 7575 (advice line, 9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]

Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.

Citizens Advice

Offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to help people resolve problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing and discrimination.

Dementia Action Alliance

Various locations

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

0300 999 0004 (helpline, 10am–4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
[email protected]

National organisation providing practical advice and information on equipment and technology than can help people with dementia to live more independently.

Elderly Accommodation Counsel

3rd Floor
89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP

0800 377 7070 (advice line, 9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]

Charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about their housing and care needs.


MedicAlert House
327 Upper Fourth Street
Milton Keynes MK9 1EH

01908 951045
[email protected]

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

0800 4 70 80 90 (helpline, 24 hour)
[email protected]

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

0151 227 3499
[email protected]

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
Restmoor Way
Wallington SM6 7AH

020 8661 8188
[email protected]

Professional association of homecare providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.

More information

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.

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