Your care options
We’ve put together the information below to guide you through the process of choosing your care. Once you know your care options and how they can be paid for, you can feel confident about making your choice and planning ahead.
Assessing your needs
The first step is to find out what care you need. Whether or not you want your local authority to help with your care, it’s important that you ask their adult social services department to assess your needs. As well as identifying the care you need and your options for getting it, an assessment will give you a good idea of cost and what funding is available to you.
The law requires your local authority to carry out an assessment for you. To request an assessment, contact your local authority and ask for the adult social services department.
You can find your local authority’s contact details on their website, at their offices or in the phone book. Your GP, healthcare professional or local Citizens Advice Bureau will also be able to tell you how to get in touch with them.
Considering your options
The most basic question is whether you would prefer to be cared for at home or whether residential care would be better for you.
Home care options
This type of care allows you to stay independent, in the familiarity and comfort of your own home. A care worker can either visit you or live with you, and will give you as many hours of care as you need.
Residential care options
Residential care ranges from retirement villages to care homes with nursing. If you can’t stay at home or you would like to meet new people, one of these options may be right for you.
Find out more
If you would like to talk things through, call us on 0800 542 1078*. We’ll help you to understand your options, so you can make the right choice.
You can also read more about choosing a care provider.