This page contains available information and services from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Any PDF files will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader (external link) to open.
Rothercare is a telephone-based system which you can use to summon help, call assistance, or give you reassurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The main role of the Rothercare service is to obtain help for an elderly or disabled person when an emergency arises. Rothercare is connected to a control centre where there is always a control operator on duty to respond immediately. This operator is also supported by a mobile response service.
For more information, please use the following details.
Phone: 01709 336 255
There are number of local opticians who provide a mobile service for people unable to access a high street opticians. To find further information about whether you would be eligible, please click here. Specsavers also provide free home visits and can be contacted on 0800 1981132.
For a full list of optometrists, please visit NHS choices and search in your area.
Once you have been assessed by the Low Vision Clinic at the hospital, you can access equipment at the following places:
We recommend that you contact the Rotherham Low Vision Clinic if you have previously been assessed there, as they can provide magnifiers on loan free of charge.
Alternatively, magnifiers can be purchased locally at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind on 0114 2722 757, or the Partially Sighted Society in Doncaster on 01302 965195.
The British Wireless for the Blind Fund exist to help and improve the daily lives of visual impaired people who are unable to afford specially adapted radio. They do this by providing the equipment on loan for free. For more information, please visit their website by following the link here.
Alternatively, for a list of libraries which provide talking books, please click here.
The Red Cross provide short-term loans of mobility aids to people in need, including:
In Yorkshire, the Red Cross are also able to offer wheelchair and commode hire. For more information, please get in touch by using the following information.
Phone: 01709 870190
Address: Unit 9a Brookfields Light, Brookfields Way, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 5DL
You can also request mobility aids online by clicking here.
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