It is facing increasing demands for its services
LifeCare Edinburgh has launched an urgent appeal to raise vital funds to support older people living across the city this winter.
The charity, which turned 80 last year, provides positive care for hundreds but is struggling to cope with the increasing demand for its services.
LifeCare’s personal and practical services include registered outreach and day-clubs, help at home, meals on wheels, unpaid carers support, and companionship activities.
The charity runs a busy community hub and café on Cheyne Street in Stockbridge with all profits going directly to the running of its services.
its relationship-based approach the charity supports those living with dementia, isolation, reduced mobilities, mental health concerns, and those struggling on low-incomes.
With over 85% of clients living alone, services enable each older person to live well and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Through the Winter Warmer campaign LifeCare will extend its services. This will include setting up its community café as a welcoming warm space offering free warmth, hot food, companionship, and activities to those that need it across weekends, but the charity needs support to offer this care.
The organisation is calling on everyone, from individuals to local businesses, to join their appeal and give a donation to help deliver care to those that need it most this winter.
James Wells, chief executive of LifeCare said: “We are extremely worried about those in our community. The cold, dark months are always difficult, and this year, with rising food and fuel costs, it will be devastating for many.
“Older people are still coming to terms with the aftermath of the Covid restrictions; abilities and mobility deteriorated rapidly and enquiries for our help are rising, up 250% in some services. Now hit by the cost of living crisis, these same people, who are just regaining the confidence and motivation to get back to their communities, can’t afford to take part in activities or meet friends for food and drink.
“On top of the heat or eat dilemma they face this winter they are also at risk of serious social isolation.”
He added that LifeCare has a long history of supporting and empowering older people to live life to the full.
Wells added: “But as a charity we rely on donations to enable us to deliver our lifesaving and life-affirming services. Thanks to our care, we will ensure that each older person receives the support they need. We will make sure they are warm in their homes, they eat well, have company to look forward to and are able to get out and about to activities safely.
“We are asking local people and businesses to consider giving a one-off or regular gift to our Winter Warmer appeal. With support, LifeCare can deliver the positive care older people need to ensure they keep warm and well in body and mind.
“There are different ways people can help support. One-off and regular donations can be made on our website or alternatively people can come along to our community café to pledge their support. Even choosing to have your coffee or lunch from our café will help us to deliver the care local older people need.”
For more information about LifeCare’s services visit https://www.lifecare-edinburgh.org.uk/ or call 0131 343 0940.