Careline is a team who give advice and information on the services we offer for customers who are elderly, have long term health condition or disability or those that are not confident speaking to us in English. This is a service operated on our behalf by our supply partner SSE.
Customers can call directly on 0800 622 838 to ask to be placed on the Careline register or you can ask someone else to call on your behalf.
Once registered on Careline, you will receive the following free of charge.
- Visiting your property
Our supply partner tries to visit you twice a year to take meter readings. But there could be times when you’ve asked them to send a meter reader or engineer. All staff carry identification to prove that it’s safe to let them in your home.
Because we want you to feel comfortable and secure when they call, they offer additional services to give you that extra peace of mind.
Knock and wait: If you find it difficult to answer your door quickly, don’t worry. With their ‘knock and wait’ service our supply partner let their staff know that you need a little longer to answer the door.
Password scheme: A free password scheme to protect you against bogus callers. Our supply partner will make sure that your password is only given to staff members who need to know it. They’ll say your password when they call so you’ll know it’s safe to let them into your home.
- Medical equipment
We know how important your energy supply is, especially if you rely on it for medical equipment.
We can’t always predict when a storm or emergency situation may cause a power cut. But our supply partner can help with the Priority Services Register. They can make sure that your local network operator is aware you rely on your supply. They’ll do their utmost to prevent your supply from going off and, if it does, they’ll make sure that you get your power back on as a matter of urgency.
You can be added to the Priority Services Register if you rely on one or more of the following:
- Home dialysis machine
- Oxygen concentrator
- Artificial ventilator
- Adjustable bed
Once you’ve registered, your local network operator will let you know about any planned power cuts or essential maintenance in your area. And they’ll make every effort to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
- Understanding your bill
We understand that you might not always be able to read your bills and if that’s the case, don’t worry. OUr supply partner can provide your bill in a number of formats to suit you.
Large print bills: If you have trouble reading your bill, can be sent to you in a larger print.
Talking bills: If you’re partially sighted or blind, our supply partner’s talking bill service can help. An advisers will call you, read a summary of your bill and answer any questions you may have.
Braille bills: If you’d like your bills and letters in braille, just let us know.
Textline: If you’re a textphone user, you can call Textline on 0800 622 839. The lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 2pm on Saturday.
Relay service: This service is available nationally and allows you to make and receive calls in text format. If you use this service, we’ll ensure you’re charged no more than if you’d called us directly.
Help from others: If you have a friend, family member or carer to help you, SSE can arrange to send all bills and correspondence to them.
- Specialist devices and adaptors
There are many special devices and adaptors available to make it easier for you to use controls, plugs and switches in your home.
Our supply partner can recommend where to buy these from and, when available, they may even be able to supply them free of charge to Careline members.
Bump-ons: These are self-adhesive dots you can stick on to appliances. For example, they can mark different temperatures or programmes on a washing machine.
Braille: Some manufacturers offer braille appliance controls for blind or partially sighted customers.
Control handles: These fit over the top of existing controls, making them easier to turn.
Special plugs: Some plugs come with handles to make it easier to plug in and pull out your appliances.
Power point raiser: These move your sockets so you can reach them without having to bend down.
Rocker switches: These large switches are easier for some people to use, because you can nudge them on and off with your elbow or arm.
Touch-sensitive controls: These don’t need pressure to work as they detect your body’s warmth.
Switch sticks: These small plastic levers stick on to existing light switches to make them easier to use.
- Your water company may also help
If you have already registered or would like to register for careline services with us, your water company may offer similar services to ours. Contact your water supplier and ask them about any extra help and support they can give you.