Adult social care
The City of London’s care team protects and supports vulnerable adults (www.cityoflondon. gov.uk/services/social-care-for-adults; Tel: 020 7332 1224).
Age UK London (www.ageuk.org.uk/london) can help City residents understand what services would best suit their needs and how to access these services. They can be contacted on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 7820 6770.
Age UK is also based at the Royal London Hospital on the 14th floor (access South Tower Lift 5), where the Royal London Hospital Hub has recently been established to provide a single point of access for both patients and health and social care workers. The Hub provides fast track into services provided by Age UK East London and referrals and signposting to voluntary and statutory partners across East London.
City of London Age UK
(www.ageuk.org.uk/cityoflondon) is the charity for older people who live, work, study or volunteer in the square mile, with a focus on enhancing wellbeing and building social connections. Contact Alice Westlake on email@example.com Tel: 020 3488 6884.
Care at home
The Good Care Group (The Good Care Group (www.thegoodcaregroup.com;Tel: 020 3728 7577) can provide live- in 24 hour carers.
Home Instead (www.homeinstead.co.uk/westminstercity; Tel: 020 3328 6546) also provide 24 hour carers, though not living in.
A Barbican resident with experience of both companies reports that almost all the carers have been excellent and the organisation by their respective companies is very good.
A Gilbert House resident is having care 24 hours (not live in) from Explora Haven (explorahaven.com; Tel: 020 8450 4999).
Another local company providing care is Bluebird Care (www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/westminster-city-of-london; Tel: 020 8016 2217).
Patients returning home from hospital may be eligible for six weeks free carers from the City of London (organised by the social worker allocated while the patient is still in hospital). This gives time for recovery and possible arrangement of private carers.
The City of London can provide lists of care homes.
Gilbert House residents have experience of relatives being cared for at these two care homes:
Bridgeside Lodge, 61 Wharf Rd, Islington, London N1 7RY (www.foresthc.com/our-care-centres/bridgeside-lodge; Tel: 020 7250 0156) is just beyond Moorfields Eye Hospital on right hand side off City Road.
Bupa Care Home in Highgate (bupa.co.uk/care-services/care-homes/thehighgate-london; Tel: 020 3930 1261).