Help to live at home
We want to support you to live independently in the community for as long as possible. This section provides details of support that is available to help you do this.
Shopping and meals, housework and laundry
Many larger supermarkets will deliver food and frozen meals.
For details about local private meal providers contact our brokerage service or tel: 01629 537763.
Some voluntary organisations can provide help with shopping for older and vulnerable people. Contact your local Community Volunteer Service - you can find their contact details in the 'need a bit of help at home' leaflet attached to this page.
You can find cleaners and laundry services on the Trusted Trader directory or call brokerage tel: 01629 537763.
DIY and maintenance jobs
The Handy Van service can undertake small maintenance jobs for people over 60 or who are vulnerable. To contact the service tel: 0203 535 4999 (charged at local rates).
The Trusted Trader register contains lists of local reputable traders. Whether you need help with gardening, cleaning, or any other jobs you can confidently find a trader on the register. Call Derbyshire can help you access the register, tel: 01629 533190.
You could also consider using our time swap scheme.
Keeping your home warm
If you have any problems keeping your home warm or covering the cost of fuel you may be able to get information and advice from your housing provider or local district or borough council. You can refer yourself for warm homes advice using our First Contact scheme.
If you have a health condition that is made worse by the cold and you struggle to afford to heat your home, the Healthy Homes Project may be able to help or can direct you to other sources of support on tel: 01629 536919
Equipment to keep you safe and adapting your home
If you are struggling with stairs, taking a bath or getting around your home, there may be equipment that can help you. Ring Call Derbyshire to discuss simple equipment services on tel: 01629 533190. The Ask SARA website (opens in a new window) also has details of equipment you can buy and helps you work out the best aids to meet your needs.
For major adaptations such as level access showers, government grant aid may be available. If you live in social housing speak to your housing provider first. Our disability facilities grant pages have information.
The Red Cross
Operate a volunteer lead medical equipment service that provides wheelchair hire and short −term loan of equipment. Local numbers are:
- Matlock tel: 01629 593320
- Ripley tel: 01773 742108
- Chesterfield tel: 01245 470571.
Community alarms and telecare can help to keep you safe by alerting a family member or response centre if you need help. You can speak to Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190.
Our health and wellbeing section has lots of practical advice about staying well for as long as possible.
First Contact Derbyshire signposting scheme
The first contact scheme is an easy way for people to be put in touch with a wide range of local services simply by using one point of contact.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Assisting people with movement (195KB)
- Caring for you in your home (2674KB)
- Home Care Services - supporting your independence (blue) (414KB)
- Home care fact sheet (107KB)
- Home care service fact sheet - easy read (216KB)
- Helping you to regain your independence (Re-ablement) (211KB)
- Home care re-ablement service fact sheet (44KB)
- Home care re-ablement service fact sheet - easy read (368KB)
- Need a bit of help at home? (1044KB)