Windsor – A guide for the elderly
In this elderly guide to Windsor, discover everything an elderly person and their carer may need to enjoy the Windsor community – from lunch clubs to local Windsor pharmacies, accessible day trips and more.
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What services are available to the elderly in Windsor?
As we grow older, it’s important to take part in social activities, learn new skills, and revisit old hobbies. For elderly loved ones (or young adults who require the assistance of a carer), there are plenty of accessible groups, disability-friendly activities, and outings for seniors in the Windsor area. If you’re loved one is in need of live-in care in Windsor, it’s best to have a good idea of the services available to the elderly and those with disability and care needs. In the Windsor community, you can rely on a number of local pharmacies, community transport schemes, disabled parking, and more.
Social groups for the elderly in Windsor
Being close to friends and maintaining positive relationships is important at any life stage, especially as we grow older. Senior social groups can make all of the difference for elderly loved ones, allowing them to reconnect with old friends or meet new acquaintances. Providing conversation, company and confidence, elderly social groups can help your loved one feel part of the local Windsor community.
Some senior social groups in and around Windsor include:
King George VI Day Centre – A day centre that offers a wide range of events such as live entertainment, flower arranging classes, seated exercise, arts and crafts, and quizzes to name a few.
Dementia Walks – There are a number of these dementia-friendly walking activities available around Windsor, such as Bracknell, Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham.
Afternoon Tea with Tunes – Meets once a month with afternoon tea and an hour of live entertainment.
Love to Move – Chair-based exercise and gymnastics programme in Berkshire.
Friendly Gardeners group in Reading – For those over 60 and keen to meet new people.
Memory Lane Singing Cafe Wokingham – 45 minutes of singing well-known songs and then 45 minutes of tea, biscuits, and chatter.
Dementia Cafes – Fun refreshments and friendship for those with Dementia.
Lunch Clubs for the elderly – Cox Green Lunch Club and St Mark’s Lunch Club in Maidenhead.
Online virtual activities for the elderly
There are also plenty of online activities for those who would like to socialise from the comfort of their own home. This includes virtual Tai-Chi classes, virtual chair-based exercise classes, activity packs and more. Click here to see AgeUK’s offering of online activities for the elderly.
Accessible day trips and outings for the elderly in Windsor
There are numerous affordable and accessible outings in and around Windsor for elderly loved ones and their carers – from watching the castle guards march through Windsor to attending Evensong at St George’s Chapel.
Some other accessible outings in and around Windsor include:
- See the wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons at the Windsor Parish Church, St John’s Parish Church.
- Explore the historical town on the Eton Walkway.
- Relax on a river cruise down the river Thames with afternoon tea or Sunday lunch booked.
- Have an exciting day out at the Living Rainforest in Thatcham. The site is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Take a 30-minute tour of the Castle Precincts, and enjoy its history as a fortress and palace, from William the Conqueror to its official royal residence.
Garden centres in Windsor
Gardening and going to gardening centres tend to be important activities for the elderly and those with varying care needs. For those living with dementia, garden centres can provide a stimulating, enjoyable day out that allows them to relax, unwind and feel included. This is often due to the peaceful, no-rush environment and the multisensory aspects – from the smell of flowers, to the feel of petals, to the rich, lush colours.
Some local Windsor garden centres suitable for the elderly include:
John Train Plants – Family-run plant nursery
Crocus at Dorney Court – Nursery, shop, and cafe perfect for afternoon tea
Moorings Nursery – Local, homegrown nursery
Parks and grounds to visit in Windsor
Like garden centres, spending time outdoors and visiting places of cultural significance can be the perfect way to spend time with an elderly loved one.
From learning about local history, to a day out to a local museum or park, Windsor is a town steeped in history, heritage and stunning architecture. There is plenty to explore and enjoy right on your doorstep.
Some of the best places to visit in Windsor that allow you to explore the cultural history and the great outdoors include:
- Windsor Castle
- Bachelor’s Acre
- Eton College Natural History Museum
- The State Apartments
- Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
Local Windsor pharmacies
- Village Pharmacy – on Eton Wick Road
- Boots Windsor – on Peascod Street
- Eton Pharmacy (Newdays) – on High Street
- Saunders Pharmacy – on St. Leonards Road
- Tesco Pharmacy – on Dedworth Road
- CJ Reid – on High Street
King Edward VII Hospital (Windsor) – located on the corner of Leonard’s Road and Frances Road, about 800m south of the Windsor town centre.
Disabled parking in Windsor
There is reliable on-street and off-street parking for Blue Badge holders across the town. For on-street parking, keep in mind that there is a maximum stay of three hours in any disabled on-street parking bay.
Blue Badge holders may not park in taxi bays, bus stops, resident-only bays, loading zones, and clearways. They may park in shared-use bays and on-street pay and display areas.
For off-street parking, Blue Badge holders are able to park free of charge in any council-run car park. Simply remember to display your valid Blue Badge, park well within the bay markings, and adhere to the maximum time states on the tariff board. You can find Windsor council-run car parks here.
Windsor shopmobility scooter hire
In order to have full access to the sightseeing and shopping available in Windsor, those with mobility issues are able to hire mobility equipment with Windsor and Maidenhead Shopmobility.
This scooter hire service offers a wide range of equipment (available for day hire and extended hire) such as:
- Electric scooters
- Powered wheelchairs
- Manual wheelchairs
- Manual walkers
You can find Windsor’s Shopmobility office in Alexandra Gardens car park, next to Windsor Coach Park. To find out more or to contact them, click here.
Community transport schemes
Disabled and elderly people who live in Windsor have a number of community transport schemes available to them should they need transportation to appointments, the hospital, shopping, and even social visits.
People2Places is a dial-a-ride scheme available across Windsor and Maidenhead. There is a £16 fee to join and a small fee for the trips made. Carers and assistance dogs may travel for free! With a week’s notice, trips can be available on any day, and even longer journeys outside of the borough can be arranged. Visit their website for more information or contact them here.
You may also depend on voluntary care share schemes for transportation across Windsor. Windsor Voluntary Car Services matches local community members with cars to elderly people and mobility-challenged people who have difficulty using public transport and taxis. Depending on the scheme, these drivers may act as companions and remain with the elderly person as they attend appointments or go shopping.
Be sure to check our What’s on in Windsor to keep up to date with the latest events.
Be it through social groups, exercise classes, or simply going out and about the town, remaining integrated into your Windsor community will combat loneliness and allow you to create and maintain all-important social connections as you age. Read more about our local live-in care services in Windsor to find a carer and companion for your loved one today. Otherwise, explore our Berkshire care services to find out more.