The population of NHS Surrey Heath CCG is ageing - particularly among over 85s - which will create a significant increase in long term conditions and demand for services.

The CCG has set ambitious targets as part of the Better Care Fund and aims to:

  • Prevent an increase in the number of people permanently admitted to residential and nursing home care despite the ageing population
  • Increase by 7.1% the number of older people who are still at home 91 days after discharge from hospital into reablement/rehabilitation
  • Reduce by 3.2% delayed transfers of care from hospital.

Surrey County Council has recently launched Adult Social Care Online; a suite of online checklists and self-assessments to provide residents with alternative ways to access support and information. The tool is designed to tell people if they are likely to qualify for social care support. 

Living With Dementia

While it’s true that some brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems can indicate a more serious problem. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between usual age-related forgetfulness and symptoms that may indicate the development of a cognitive problem. If you are worried about your memory then make an appointment with your GP or talk to your district nurse. An early confirmation of the type of memory loss you are experiencing means that advice and support can be put in place that may stop or slow down the speed of decline and provide aids to help you, and the people who care for you, to feel safe and confident to enjoy an independent and fulfilling life.

Click here for more information on living with dementia and the support available.

Adult Social Care

The Adult Social Care service at Surrey County Council focuses support on people with social care needs, within available resources, particularly:

  • Residents with long-term and complex needs that affect their daily life
  • People recovering from an accident or illness who need help to manage daily living tasks, or build confidence over a short period of time
  • People recovering from a mental illness
  • Carers of all ages.

To find out if you’re eligible for support you can do your assessment yourself online, at a time and place that suits you. You can also ask a family member, friend or neighbour to help you complete this or to complete it on your behalf. There is also an online carers assessment. 

You can call or text the information and advice line to request an assessment: Tel: 0300 200 1005, SMS: 07527 182861.

For more information on what happens next visit the Adult Social Care pages on the Surrey County Council website.

NHS Healthy Aging Guide

NHS England, in partnership with Age UK, Public Health England, and the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and older people themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing.

The guide helps people to stay physically and mentally well by providing hints and tips on how to keep fit and independent. It recognises, as we all should, that there is always something we can do to improve our health and wellbeing. For older people who may be starting to find things more difficult to do, it is particularly important to take active steps to slow down or reverse some of the health challenges we are all likely to face.

Click here to download a copy of the guide


Surrey Disability Register 

The Surrey Disability Register is a voluntary register for anyone with a disability aged 18 or over and living in Surrey.

Surrey Information Point 

If you are looking for local support in the community visit the Surrey Information Point website which holds a wide range of information including local groups and networks that provide informal support, assistance with transport, befriending, carer groups, activities as well as a wide range of information on health conditions and support available. It also features local independent care providers. You can search the website by area and use other filters for extra convenience. You can also use the checklist to collate personalised information, available to view, email or print.