After the long Christmas break with family, many people will be feeling refreshed and ready to return to work. However, Independent Age, the older people’s charity, has already received a number of calls from concerned relatives of older people worried about how their mum, dad, elderly aunt or uncle are coping at home on their own after spending time with them during the festive period.

That’s why we want to make sure your readers in the West Midlands know about the range of free “Wise Guides” they can access which offer expert advice to older people, their families and carers. There are five Wise Guides in total and one of these is the “Extra help at home” guide, which provides tips on how to live independently as an older person, including how to get help with everyday tasks such as shopping or finding a cleaner, how to find out what benefits you might be entitled to and how to make your home safer.

Alex Murray, who is a Service Assistant Volunteer for the British Red Cross in Portsmouth, has told us that the Independent Age Wise Guides “cover virtually everything a person should know when supporting older people” and that they’re “immensely practical and easy to read [and] hugely valuable books.”

Anyone in the West Midlands can order a free copy of “Extra help at home” or any of the other Independent Age Wise Guides by calling Freephone0800 319 6789 or ordering online at The Wise Guides are also all available to download for free via the Independent Age website.