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Ageing Well Activities
The following PDFs include information on ageing well activities in East Lothian.
Movement to help your muscles and joints
If you have any muscle, or joint issues as an adult you can find exercises to help you on the NHS Inform website here.
If these exercises do not help you please call 01620 642968 to speak to a physio about your muscle or joint issue.
This pdf file includes a guide to housing options for older people in Scotland. The guide includes useful information on buying a home, selling your home, renting a home and much more.
View a list of local equipment suppliers. The PDF includes the company name, address, contact details, and website (if available).
Dementia Friendly East Lothian
East Lothian’s Dementia Friendly Communities are wholly community-led and run.
Dementia Friendly East Lothian provides whatever support and encouragement communities need to help them realise their aspirations in whatever way we can.
Please log onto the website for information or to share information on your own dementia friendly events.
Dementia Friendly East Lothian website
You can get help from the East Lothian Community Alarm Telecare Service.
Telecare Self-Check Online Tool
Telecare is the use of discreet equipment that can help tell someone if there is an emergency or if you are having difficulties in your home. Try the Telecare Self-Check Online Tool to find advice and guidance related to your needs.
Telecare Self-Check Online Tool
The following PDF contains details on home-visiting opticians in East Lothian and the surrounding areas.
Wellbeing when off work
This leaflet is for anyone off work for reasons related to common mental health problems.
Information and services
List of local optometrists
Local help to make your home warmer or more energy efficient
Local information - Accessible taxis
For information about accessible taxis in East Lothian, please contact some of these wheelchair accessible taxi companies in East Lothian using the details below.
Organisation: AC Taxis (Tranent)
Phone: 0131 665 5000
Organisation: Tartan Taxis (Tranent)
Phone: 01875 613171
Organisation: Colin's Cabs (Haddington)
Phone: 01620 825825
Organisation: JT Taxis (Haddington)
Phone: 01620 828 584
Organisation: Torrance Taxis (Dunbar)
Phone: 01368 862612
Organisation: Alba Taxis (Prestonpans)
Phone: 01875 815000
Handicabs also provide two options wheelchair accessible travel.
Dial-a-Ride provide a door-to-door transport service for people with limited mobility who are unable to use ordinary buses. In certain circumstances, they can provide transport for people who have limited access to public and/or private transport as well.
Dial-a-Ride is charged on a mileage basis at £3.75 for the first mile, plus 25p per mile up to 10 miles and plus 50p per mile over 10 miles. A return trip costs twice that of the outward one. Group bookings can also be made and any additional passengers pay a £1.50 flat fare when accompanying a full-fare passenger on the same journey.
Dial-a-Ride transport is wheelchair user friendly and the service operates seven days a week including evenings, subject to availability.
Please not that you need to register with Dial-a-Ride service before you book your first journey.
If you'd like to book a journey with dial-a-ride, please phone on 0131 447 9949.
Dial-a-Bus provides transport from home to local shopping centres for people who cannot manage by ordinary bus. The Service operates at least once a week from most areas in the Lothians and is also wheelchair friendly.
You will have between 1 to 2 hours at the shopping centre and then return home. The driver will take you and your shopping to your door if you need help and you may be able to get assistance with your shopping.
The fare for Dial-a-Bus is £1.25 each way. If you are unable to travel by yourself, you can bring an escort with you who will also travel at £1.25.
Dial-a-Bus operates Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Please note that you need to register with the Dial-a-Bus service before you book your first journey. You also have to book a place on the service for yourself and, if applicable, your escort.
To get in touch, please phone on 0131 447 1718.
Local information - Contacting Environmental Health about noisy neighbours
From your answers you have indicated that noise from your neighbours is regularly disturbing your sleep.
Further information regarding noisy neighbours and anti social behaviour is available on the East Lothian Council web site, which you can visit by following the link here.
You can also report anti social behaviour by using the information below.
Website: East Lothian Council
Phone: 0845 604 8518
Local Information - Continence advice
If you have any continence issues you can either ask your doctor, or another healthcare professional in your GP surgery, to refer you to the Lothian Health Continence Service.
You can request an assessment for yourself or someone you care for by contacting a community nurse or your GP in your local Surgery.
If your are assessed as needing a product solution to help you with your incontinence, Lothian Health can arrange to deliver the products to you free of charge. Delivery drivers operate from clearly marked NHS vehicles, are uniformed and display identification.
Local Information - Groups that can help with maintaining a healthy weight
You have answered that your clothes sizes have increased in the last 3-6 months.
If this has happened without you trying to, and is something that you would like help with, you may find that exercising or participating in group activities may help. If you don’t feel confident, we have found going with someone you know might make you feel more comfortable.
East Lothian Council offer a scheme which gives price reductions on sport and leisure activities. To find out more, you can contact your local sports and leisure centre in East Lothian through 'Enjoy Leisure' (Leisure and sports facilities).
For more information about this scheme, please visit www.enjoyleisure.com/ or contact your local facility using one of the numbers below.
Aubigny Sports Centre - 01620 820650
Dunbar Leisure Pool - 01368 866040
Loch Centre - 01875 824140
Meadowmill Sports Centre - 01875 619079
Mercat Gait Centre - 01875 815483
Musselburgh Sport Centre - 0131 653 5208
North Berwick Sports Centre - 01620 820730
The Enjoy Leisure website, which you can access by visiting www.enjoyleisure.com/, contains information about healthy living, getting active and how to eat healthier. Everything you need to take life on, one step at a time.
Weight management support and advice is available at your GP Surgery, mainly through an appointment with the practice nurse. There is also a weight management service for people whose BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30. This will require a referral from your GP.
Local information - Help available from local pharmacies or chemists for organising your medication
If you are having difficulty with any aspect of taking medicines, then you can ask your GP about the option of a ‘blister pack,' which is a free NHS service.
Blister packs provide clearly marked day and dosage times, and all the medicines you need to take at one time are together in an individual section, making taking medication much easier.
Your GP will provide a prescription and will request that your medication is dispensed on a weekly basis from your local pharmacy. Some pharmacies can arrange delivery of blister packs.
There is also equipment and services that you can privately purchase to help with things like:
- making tablets easier to take out of containers
- remembering to take medicines at the right time
- organising each dose
- alerting that a dose has been missed
- pill crushers
You can find out more about the products available by visiting The Disabled Living Centre, where you can look at and try equipment and get advice about what might work for you.
To find out more and arrange a visit to The Disabled Living Centre, please use the details below.
Phone: 0131 537 9190
Address: Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh
You can also visit the independent living shop All Mobility to view and privately purchase medication aids. To get in touch, please use the following information.
Phone: 0131 629 0081
Address: 187 North High Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AN
The East Lothian Council Community Alarm Telecare Service can also offer some technology options to remind you to take you medication.
- a reminder message that can be recorded onto your Community Alarm Home Unit
- an automatic medication dispenser that will bleep to let you know your tablets are due
This equipment can be linked to the Community Response Team at the alarm-receiving centre (ARC), or it can be provided not-linked (stand-alone). A small charge may apply for this service.
To refer for this service, please contact our Adult Well-being Social Work team on 01875 824309.
Local information - Help available to quit smoking
If you wish to stop smoking there are people you can contact for help with this.
There is a freephone NHS smoking helpline 0800 022 4332, open seven days a week 7am to 11pm.
If you wish to stop smoking in East Lothian, you may find the Support to Quit Smoking service of benefit, which can be contacted on 0131 537 9914.
NHS support for people trying to quit smoking is available at all community pharmacies, and there are also drop in clinics at community centres, run by a team of specialist nurses who can be very flexible in providing face to face or telephone support to both individuals and groups. For more information, please visit www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/HealthInformation/HealthAwareness/Smoking/SupportToQuit/Pages/default.
You can also contact Stop For Life on the above local number or text or phone 07771 975 453. The areas that are covered are:
- East Linton
- North Berwick
Local information - Help for stressful times
You have mentioned that you may be feeling stressed, anxious or low. See some suggestions below.
Your local library may have useful healthy reading material. Healthy reading can be helpful for people to overcome and cope with problems such as: anxiety, depression, stress, dementia, eating disorders, bereavement, panic.
For more information, please visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210562/libraries.
The Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer led organisation that helps older people in the area. We provide individual support and their services include good neighbours and transport, a resource centre in Haddington, as well as befriending and social clubs.
If you'd like to find out more or get in touch, please use the details below.
Website: Royal Voluntary Service
Phone: 01875 811 011
The Samaritans offer a free and confidential helpline. You are able to talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record, about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Please phone on 08457 90 90 90.
You may also be able to speak to someone face to face. If this is something you'd be interested in, please contact your local branch for further information. To find out more information and where your closest branch is, please visit www.samaritans.org/branches/.
Local Information - Help with mobility when shopping
You have answered that you don’t go out as often as you used to as you don’t feel as steady or you cannot walk as far as you need to.
For details of services that provide scooters and wheelchairs for rental or purchase, please visit www.all-mobility.co.uk. Alternatively, Glenmore Mobility also have a range of scooters and wheelchairs available, to find out more please visit www.glenmoremobility.com.
The British Red Cross also offer a wheelchair loan service. If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch using the details below.
Website: British Red Cross
Phone: 0131 6609 372
Address: 131 High Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1BE
Shopmobility is a free wheelchair service is now available at Fort Kinnaird. If you'd like to use this, please get in touch using the details below.
Phone: 0131 557 4123
You can also check with your local supermarket as they often have scooters available in store, or offer assistance with shopping for those with mobility difficulties.