If your relative is already receiving help – using domiciliary services or living in extra care sheltered housing, for example – it's likely that the care they require will change over time. Here we look at ways in which this may happen and offer solutions to help support you.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
Illnesses and accidents are more likely as people age. We recommend ‘future proofing’ care plans and show how to deal with a gradual or sudden decline.
We explain common signs that your relative might need extra help and support. Communication is key. We provide a checklist of questions to ask your relative and their carers, if you have concerns.
If you think your relative isn't receiving suitable care, we explain the best action to take. Your approach depends on whether your relative is living at home, in sheltered housing or in a residential or nursing home.
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Sian’s granny didn’t leave her home for four years. Then she became very ill and her care needs changed quickly over the space of months.
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Malcolm’s mother, Margaret, lived in south Wales, while he was 100 miles away in Hampshire. It was difficult to manage her care needs from such a distance.
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