Age Concern Colchester’s comprehensive Advice Service is staffed by experienced, caring advisors. The service is free of charge, independent and completely confidential.
Our Advice Service has an excellent reputation in helping you to get the benefits you are entitled to.
Our highly experienced staff will help you complete the forms and support your application. They are also able to visit you in your own home if your mobility is such that you cannot get to our offices in Colchester.
Although some benefits are means tested there are other which are not. For example, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is available to people under 65 while Attendance Allowance is available to those over 65. In both cases these allowances are given in respect of your health and care needs not in relation to your income or savings.
Everyone recognises that the older population is growing and as people age they may need social and health care to remain independent and in their own homes.
Arranging care can be a very stressful experience for older people and their families, and can happen after a period of hospitalisation, or at any time when disabilities dictate that someone needs help to continue to enjoy living in their own home.
When that time comes you need to know who to contact, what services you are entitled to, and what your rights are. Age Concern Colchester’s advisors are trained in answering these questions, and if the situation gets complicated we can signpost to other experts who specialise in a particular area.
Help in a crisis
We all hope not to have a crisis, but life just isn’t like that. A crisis is any situation in which an older person has a problem and needs help to resolve it.
It might be the death of a beloved spouse, in which case help is needed with practical situations such as what officials need to be notified, how to get your retirement pension adjusted, how to apply for benefits in your own name. It could be parting from a spouse after decades of marriage because one of a couple needs residential care, or it could be money struggles. Even if you have loving family and friends in your life, there may still be a need for someone around who knows exactly what to do and how to do it. This is when you call the Advice Service.
The Advice Service is made up of the Advice Service Manager Debbie Turnbull, and trained case workers, one of which will be assigned to you. One of us will work with you on a one-to-one basis for as long as it takes to get things in order.
If you or a loved one needs advice, book an appointment with the Advice team please call on 01206 368420.