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Ageing Well Activities
The following PDFs include information on ageing well activities in East Lothian.
- Information about Ageing Well activities PDF
- Health and Wellbeing Walks PDF
- Ageing Well in East Lothian activity list PDF
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.
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.
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
Wheelchair taxi services
For information about accessible taxis in East Lothian, please contact some of these wheelchair accessible taxi companies in East Lothian:
AC Taxis - 0131 665 5000 (Tranent)
Tartan Taxis - 01875 613171 (Tranent)
Colin's Cabs - 01620 825825 (Haddington)
JT Taxis - 01620 828 584 (Haddington)
Torrance Taxis - 01368 862612 (Dunbar)
Alba Taxis - 01875 815000 (Prestonpans)
Handicabs provide two options for wheelchair accessible travel, details of which are below.
Dial-a-Ride provides a door-to-door transport service for people with limited mobility who are unable to use ordinary buses. In certain circumstances, they can also provide transport for people who have limited access to public and/or private transport.
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.
The Dial-a-Ride transport is wheelchair user friendly and the service operates seven days a week including evenings, subject to availability. You do, however. need to register with the service before you book your first journey.
To find out more, please get in touch by phoning on 0131 447 9949.
The Handicabs Dial-a-Bus service provides transport from home to local shopping centres for people who cannot manage by ordinary bus. When using the service, you will have between 1 to 2 hours at the shopping centre and will then return home. The driver will take you and your shopping to your door if you need help.
Fare for Dial-a-Bus is £1.25 each way and it operates Monday to Friday, 9.00am and 5.00pm. If you are unable to travel by yourself you may bring an escort with you who will also travel at £1.25.
Please not that before you can use the service you must first register by phoning 0131 447 1718.
Where to be shown how to use a dressing stick
You might benefit from being shown how to use a dressing stick.
The Disabled Living Centre offers free, impartial advice about a wide range of assistive equipment including dressing aids. The OT there can advise and demonstrate equipment and you will be able to trial a dressing stick.
If you'd like to find out more or book an appointment, please use the following information.
Phone: 0131 537 9190
Address: SMART Centre, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh, EH9 2HL