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What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

Help with bills and paperwork

Some organisations can offer advice and support to help you with things like: managing money, paying bills, dealing with debt and claiming benefits understanding your rights and legal matters form filling Contact: Age UK Berkshire Nquire Reading Citizen's Advice Bureau Reading Deaf Centre Communicare Welfare Rights…

DLA is ending - know the facts

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over. This will happen even if you have an indefinite or long-term award. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send you a letter to…

Health Checks - What you need to know

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. By having your free NHS…

Choosing a care home

Advice and guidance on what to do when choosing a care home and what help is available to you.  Click on this sentence for further information.  

Different types of care home

If you're looking for a residential care home, there's a huge variety of options available. There are permanent care homes for older people, homes for younger adults with disabilities, and homes for children. For further information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/care-homes.aspx 

Your care after discharge from hospital

If you go into hospital, you may be worried about whether you’ll cope when you leave. Find out about the support available to your from the Council's Intermediate Care Reablement team (click on this sentence) Find out what the advice and guidance is on your…

What are supported living services?

You may prefer not to live in residential care, but find it difficult to cope at home. But you may, with help, be able to live independently in the community. For further information about this service and the support you can get, please click on…

'I got an Asperger's diagnosis aged 45'

How having an autism spectrum disorder in adulthood affected Aly, who describes the effects of an Asperger's diagnosis in middle-age. "My name is Aly Gynn. I am 46 years old and was formally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year."   "I had diagnosed myself three years earlier. I was teaching adults with…

Disabled Parking - The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park closer to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are a driver or passenger. For more information, please…