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Care for the elderly and Adults


Local care information for Great Shelford and the practice area.


 Before we can share information at the practice  about your elderly relative they need to give us written permission.  If they agree, a form is available at reception for your relative to sign and to provide us with your contact details .

Day to day care providers 

Social services for elderly and adults  : 0345 0455202 - they will provide a list of approved care agencies

Warden schemes available:

A small charge is made per patient for regular visiting and support.
Great shelford : 01223 832913
Peacocks : Jeanette Bouchero 01223 845144
Coxs close and Chestnuts : Sheltered housing office at South Cambs district council

Help with funding, Carers allowance and Attendance allowance:

Eligibility criteria and information concerning attendance  allowance is available from the DHSS directly or online or Telephone: 0800 88 22 00 

Textphone: 0800 24 33 55

Practical supplies and house modifications:

Occupational therapy is a self referral service : 0345 0455202
Age Uk  can sometimes offer practical support and advice. 0800 169 2081

Transport and Blue badge applications :

Hospital transport is bookable by phoning : 0345 6038117

You will normally  need to know your NHS number, the details of your GP surgery and the address of where you will be picked up from. Make sure to tell, if you have any specific requirements to ensure the most appropriate transport..

East of England transport services

Shelford support group:  offer transport door to door through a group of volunteers and a small charge is made per mile.
Biddy Wilkinson 843856   Carol Bard 571380   Denise Newman 842514   Pat Legge 843275

Blue badges :are available direct from Cambridge county council and can be applied for on line or on

Key safes: Combination locks can be placed on a wall outside the home, they contain a key accessible only to those knowing your code . They are available from most DIY stores

Medication and some deliveries:

Our local  chemists offer a delivery service to some areas but this should be discussed with them directly.
They can also arrange for medication to be dispensed in "blister packs" to help the forgetful and arrange SMS messages to the patient or their relatives when medication is due for pick up.
Boots the chemist, Great Shelford. 01223 843262
Gregorys , Trumpington 01223 841109

Cambridgeshire AGE UK        0300 666 9860: Charity based Free Information , advocacy and support , free volunteer visiting service, and fee paid services including home assessment and help.

Care for carers : Respite breaks and support for carers of adults and children  is available from the Carers Trust , you can be referred directly by your GP or look at their leaflet online.

ICER –individual carers emergency respite scheme- register in advance  with cambs direct contact centre on 0345 045 5200 or speak to your care manager, to have an assessment and be eligible for 48hr emergency respite if you need it

Power of attorney : Legal issues should be discussed with the person concerned and  a lawyer. They may in turn refer to your GP to ensure a frail person is well enough to make decisions concerning their health or finances who in turn may take further specialist advice.

Elderly at risk:

If you are concerned that a vulnerable adult is experiencing abuse or neglect  please contact the adult safeguarding team on:

Cambridgeshire direct  on  0345 045 5202
If the person is in immediate danger or needs medical treatment contact the police directly or the emergency services on 999

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There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

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  • Taking a break

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    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

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