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Most people would prefer to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible; sometimes they just need a little extra help to do so safely.

The need for care and support can arise for all sorts of reasons and may be permanent or temporary. If you need support at home because you are getting older, are frail or have a long-term disability, it’s likely that this will involve some support with your personal care. This might be help with washing, preparing meals or taking medication.

Perhaps you need some help around the house? Maybe you need someone to do your home maintenance, cleaning or shopping?

If you’re struggling to get in and out, or even around your home there is specialist equipment to help you. Choosing the right daily living aids and having some home adaptations like handrails or a ramp will make everyday tasks easier and safer.

Perhaps you are starting to find paperwork difficult, e.g. paying bills and dealing with bank accounts. If so, you may wish to arrange for someone else to manage your affairs.  

If you are recovering from surgery or an illness, you are likely to benefit from some short-term support or reablement services until your health and life gets back to normal.

Help from social services

Remember, you have the right to have your care and support needs assessed by your local council. This assessment is free; however, there may be a charge for the services you receive depending on your financial situation.

You can also ask for an assessment if you are providing unpaid care to a family member or friend and need support to carry on being their carer.

Last updated: 03/05/2016