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Wise Guides

Free information guides for later life

Ever felt frustrated at the lack of straightforward and readable information for older people? Well, we were – that's why we have produced our Wise Guides.

They're packed full with helpful tips, contact numbers, good ideas and valuable insights to help boost your income, find support, stay independent and choose the right care home.

We are now offering five Wise Guides for over-65s which are completely free to order. Or you can take a look at each chapter online and download the information you need.



Wise Guide 1

Wise Guide 1: Advice for later life – support and entitlements for over-65s

Discover how to:

  • boost your pension and cut your bills
  • make your home safer and easier to manage
  • join the online community without getting scammed
  • stay fit, healthy and happy
  • get out and about for as long as you can.

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Wise Guide 2

Wise Guide 2: Extra help at home – essential advice for over-65s to live independently

Discover how to:

  • reduce your risk of a fall
  • get the best out of a hospital visit
  • get help with your garden
  • get a grant to adapt your home.

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Wise Guide 3

Wise Guide 3: Healthy, happy, connected – support and advice for older people living alone

Discover how to:

  • find social groups and classes in your area
  • keep in touch by learning to use a computer
  • find local volunteering opportunities
  • take simple steps to feel healthier
  • get help if you feel down.

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Wise Guide 4

Wise Guide 4: Choosing a care home - support and advice to get the best from your move

You'll find out how to:

  • spot a well or poorly-run care home
  • choose the best way to meet care costs
  • claim the help you're due towards fees
  • have a positive care home experience
  • ensure your wishes are respected however frail you become.

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Wise Guide 5: Your health and the NHS - Helping you get the care you need as you get older

You'll find out about:

  • where you can go, other than your GP, for your healthcare needs
  • all the free checks and screenings you're entitled to
  • help getting home after a hospital stay
  • what your rights are and how to make a complaint.

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