Staying healthy

Health services are available to support older people to stay fit and well and to help those in poor health.

Age UK Hertfordshire
Age UK Hertfordshire runs 10 to 3 Clubs to help older people keep active and to prevent social isolation.  The Help in the Home service assists with cleaning, household tasks and the preparation of light meals.  The InTouch service provides telephone support to help older people who are going through life-changing events.  Age UK Hertfordshire's Visiting Scheme and Telephone Club are befriending services for lonely and isolated older people. 
For more information telephone 0845 601 3446 or visit the Age UK Hertfordshire website.

Alzheimer's Society
The Society provides support to people with dementia, their carers and families within the East Herts and Broxbourne area.
For more information contact Isobel Atkinson, Dementia Support Worker on 01279 508448 or email eastherts@alzheimers.org.uk.

Bladder & Bowel Community
The Bladder and Bowel Community is the UK's charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems. It provides information and support services for adult patients, their carers, families and healthcare professionals. It is not funded by the Government or NHS and relies solely on the financial support of companies, individuals and grants to fund its work.
For advice and support call the medical helpline on 0800 031 5412, the general enquiries number on 01926 357220, email help@bladderandbowel.org or visit the Bladder & Bowel Community website.

British Red Cross - Hertfordshire
The Care in the Home service assists thousands of people each year following a stay in hospital.  It also helps prevent unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support and care at home and aims to enable people to regain their confidence and independence.
For more information contact Judy Reynolds or Bev Soutar on 01992 586609 or email jreynolds@redcross.org.uk or bsoutar@redcross.org.uk.

Broxbourne Organisation for the Disabled
The group meets weekly on Wednesdays at Blackwood Court Retirement Scheme in Turnford from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm for social activities and occasional coach outings.  It also has two minibuses to bring members to the club and for short trips.
For more information contact Mr B R Little on 01992 635805.

Carers in Hertfordshire
A local charity providing free help and support to unpaid carers throughout Hertfordshire, including information and advice, opportunities for breaks and a life outside caring, and the chance to meet others.
For more information call 01992 586969 or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk.

Cheshunt Community Hospital
Cheshunt Community Hospital is located at King Arthur Court, Crossbrook Street, Cheshunt EN8 8XN and hosts a Minor Injuries Unit and services including podiatry, physiotherapy and ultrasound.

District Nursing Service
District nurses visit patients who are housebound in their own homes or in residential homes and provide specialist nursing care and advice for patients in any age group concerning many aspects of health, and can be contacted via your GP surgery.

Healthy eating
The National Health Service recommends that people aged over 60 include the following in their diets:

  • Carbohydrates such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice, potatoes, couscous or other cereals
  • Protein from fish, meat, eggs and pulses
  • Five portions of fruit and vegetables a day

It is also important to cut down on:

  • Saturated fats (often found in processed foods)
  • Salt 
  • Alcohol

For more information on healthy eating, talk to your doctor or visit the NHS Choices website.

Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind runs Sight Information Points (SIP), which demonstrate and display low vision aids and equipment to enable people with a visual impairment to remain as independent as possible.  They also provide visits by staff and trained volunteers to people in their own homes to provide support, advice and befriending.
For more information contact Vanessa Macdonald on 07825 992950 or email vanessa.macdonald@hertsblind.com.

Local NHS services

East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for commissioning NHS services locally.
For more information telephone 01707 361251 or visit the East and North Herts CCG website

PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)
For advice and help with queries and concerns about local primary care services, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, at the East and North Herts CCG.
Telephone 01707 369697 or email enhccg.quality@nhs.net

Sexual health for older people
Age UK provides helpful information on sex in later life on their website.
If you have any concerns about your sexual health, talk to your doctor or call NHS Direct on 111.