One of the main aims of the DLCI is to provide support for English-speaking ladies in this area. Many of the issues facing us are magnified because of unfamiliarity with the system and limited fluency in French.
With luck, we won’t face major challenges, but we hope that, as a club, we can provide mutual support to those who do. To help with this aim, we have a Committee member whose particular remit is to facilitate support, backed up, of course, by the rest of the Committee and the whole membership. Please don't hesitate to contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is considerable information available on the Internet about specialised English-speaking organisations and you may find the following links useful.
The website for AngloINFO has a wealth of material on this subject, which covers matters such as choosing a doctor who speaks English, health insurance, emergency numbers (and what to say), an overview of support for those with disabilities, medical terminology and much more.
Just go to their website, dordogne.angloinfo.com/ and click on the healthcare link on the left hand side.
There is an Anglophone support group for Alzheimer’s sufferers and carers which meets every week in Bergerac. For details, call your Committee’s Welfare Coordinator, or contact l’Association France Alzheimer Dordogne, at 0553 27 30 34 email@example.com,
or see their website, francealzheimer-dordogne.org
Again there is considerable information on the AngloINFO Dordogne website. After you follow the Healthcare link, click on Death and Dying. It explains how and where you report a death, how to arrange a burial or cremation and where you may scatter ashes. There are also legal experts available who will go through this with you in advance and provide you with a personal booklet based on your decisions so that another family member can fulfil your wishes without difficulty.
The French Social Security system may supplement the income of those French residents who are over 65 and have a monthly income below €787.26. For eligibility details see the information pages on AngloINFO Dordogne, at dordogne.angloinfo.com and follow the link for Information, then Social Security, under the ‘Money’ heading.
There are numerous English-speaking helplines here. A few examples are listed below: you will find contact details for most on the following website: counsellingfrance.com/helplines.htm
Battered Women helpline
Cancer Support France
Drug Abuse Helpline
WAIF (Women Alone in France)
Certified Translator: Michael Taylor
+33(0)553 05 16 20 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are aware of any further topics/information which you think would be a useful addition to this page, please contact the Welfare Committee Member (see above).
Dordogne Ladies Club International
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