Concerns about wellbeing
We all want to do the best for our loved ones, and to help them stay safe, well and independent.
You may have noticed a change in behaviour. Maybe you are concerned about their wellbeing or ability to take care of themselves.
There are lots of reasons why you may be concerned about someone. Below are some of the most common causes for concern. Most people want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. There may be simple ways you can help them to do this.
There are lots of things which can cause memory loss, and many are treatable. NHS information on memory loss.
If you are concerned that someone is a risk to themselves because they are becoming forgetful, please contact us:
Telephone: 0345 045 5202
8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
9am to 1pm on Saturday
Falls are a leading cause of hospitalisation of older people. Many people will never be well enough to return home again after a fall. There are steps to take to reduce the risk of a loved one falling.
- Strength and balance exercises twice a week help lots of people to Stay Stronger for Longer
- Foot care and well fitted shoes
- Eye tests
- Medication review
- Removing trip hazards around the home
- Good lighting
Find out more about falls prevention and find a simple test to check whether someone is at risk of a fall, at NHS Choices.
You can contact the Cambridgeshire Falls Prevention team for more advice.
- neglecting personal hygiene
- dressing inappropriately for weather conditions
- failing to manage medical conditions
- not eating or drinking properly
There could be a range of reasons why people stop looking after themselves.
The fire service can carry out a Safe and Well visit for those at risk of fires or accidents caused by hoarding. They can also advise on safety in the home, falls prevention, home security and scam prevention.
Equipment and technology allow many people to remain living independently.
Daily living aids can help people to carry out tasks around the home, and 'lifelines' can provide reassurance to family members that a loved one is safe.
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Abuse can be:
Information about domestic abuse is available from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Violence Partnership.
We all have mental health and we all have to take care of it. It affects how we think, feel and behave as well as determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'.
You can find information on mental health on Be Well website.
Around 5% of adults in England report feeling lonely "often" or "always". Those who are widowed, or who report poor health, are more at risk of loneliness.
Your district council can advise you on housing issues.
- Cambridge City Council
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
- Huntingdonshire District Council
- Fenland District Council
There are also housing officers at housing associations who can provide information and advice.
Living in a home which meets our needs makes it more likely that we can remain independent for life. If you are worried about someone who is starting to find it a struggle in their home, you can find out more about housing options.
Equipment and technology enables people to remain living independently in their homes.
Cambridgeshire Handyperson Service
Age Uk provides a local handyperson service to help reduce falls and accidents. The service is for people aged over 65 years, or those with a disability living in Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Fenland.
They can carry out minor jobs such as fitting keysafes, replacing lightbulbs, and fitting grab rails.
Call the helpline 0300 666 9860 between 9am-3pm Monday to Friday, calls made outside these hours will be transferred to the Age UK National Helpline. Alternatively, you can email the Cambridgeshire Handyperson Service directly on email@example.com direct phone line call 01480 700205.
Those with the highest level of needs may need some care and support – this could be on a short term basis, for example following a hospital stay, or longer term. Find out more about organising care and support.
In an emergency
If you are worried about an adult who is in immediate danger or needs medical treatment contact the police and/or call an ambulance on 999.
Reporting concerns of an adult at risk
If it is not an emergency situation, you can report concerns around an adult to us.