Looking for faith-based care options
If you’re looking into home care choices, you may be looking for an option where either your religious faith, or that of a loved one, is reflected in the service provided.
If so, you may be able to turn to a specialist organisation that provides specific care-related information to people from certain faiths in the UK.
However, bear in mind that local faith-centred care options are generally few and far between. Their presence is often driven by local demand – so, for example, if you’re Muslim and live in an area with a large Muslim community, you’ll have a stronger chance of finding Muslim-centred care.
If you can’t find an obvious faith-based care option near you, don’t give up the search. As well as information about specialist organisations, we also explore other ways to find culturally specific care.
Specialist organisations to help you make faith-based care choices
First of all, it’s important to acknowledge that there aren’t many of these. Some notable absences are specialist organisations for Muslim, Hindu and Sikh people.
Here are some that do exist:
For Jewish people
- Jewish Care: this is focused on London and the South East of England. It also runs the Jewish Care Interact website, where you’ll find a full directory of residential care homes that accommodate the religious and cultural needs of Jewish people.
- MHA: formerly known as Methodist Homes for the Aged. It claims to support more than 18,000 older people across the UK.
If we haven’t listed a specialist organisation for your religion or denomination, that doesn’t automatically mean it doesn’t exist. There are often smaller groups that offer support and advice on a local basis to specific religious or cultural communities. To find out whether there is one, a quick Google search should reveal all.
Plus, even if there isn’t an organisation that specifically helps people find the right care option with faith in mind, there may still be options local to you.
How to find local home care options that work for you
Here are our tips on finding local home care provision that will work best for you, thinking specifically about faith:
- Use specific phrases on a search engine, such as ‘Muslim home care Essex’.
- Speak to your faith leader, as they may have advised on this before.
- Talk to your peers, as someone else may have already done the research.
- Ask your local Age UK branch, which may offer good tips.
What if I can’t find anything?
You may exhaust all of the above research routes without finding a local option that completely matches what you’re looking for.
Choosing what to do next is, of course, a personal choice. But there are still other avenues you can explore if care provision is needed.
- Even if there’s no specialist organisation that specifically focuses on care options for people of your faith, get in touch with another faith-based organisation that you trust and see whether it has any pointers.
- Use our care services directory to draw up a shortlist of home care services that are local to you, and then ring each one to ask whether they’ll be able to provide tailored care.
There are other questions you should ask care providers, on top of those related to your faith.
Making home care decisions when there’s a language barrier
If you’re looking into home care options for a loved one that reflect their faith, there may be an additional complication of English not being their first language.
There are certain things you can do to find care providers that have staff who speak different languages. And if you can find a good fit here, there’s potentially a better chance that the care provider will understand cultural and faith needs.
Addressing discrimination in care services
If you’ve been discriminated against for your religion or race, know that the Equality Act 2010 is on your side.
Discrimination doesn’t need to be direct to count as unlawful, either. For example, it could be a way of doing things that puts you at a disadvantage compared to others.
For information on what to do if you’re a victim of unlawful discrimination, see our full advice on tackling discrimination in health and care services.
If you’re finding it difficult to manage, home care can provide the support you need to stay independent at home.
Many older people are eligible for local authority help with their care. Find out about the needs assessment for care.
Advice on making faith-based care home decisions.