Home care services
If you’re finding it difficult to carry out personal care routines – such as washing or dressing – home care can provide the support you need to stay safe and independent in your own home.
How to choose a home care agency
If you’re searching for care at home, use our step-by-step guide and checklist to find the best care provider for your needs.
Getting help at home from your local authority
Many older people are eligible for help with their care needs from their local authority. Find out about the needs assessment and professional support.
Live-in care enables you to stay in your own home rather than move to a care home. Find out how live-in care works and if it could suit you.
How to employ private carers
We offer guidance on choosing and interviewing personal care assistants, with information about the legal issues and financial matters.
Introductory care agencies and service brokers
Introduction agencies introduce carers to older people. Training and background checks are provided, but you employ the carer directly.
Home help and support with everyday tasks
If you’re thinking of getting home help, find out about the different domestic support services available and how to choose the right one to suit your needs.
If you have had an accident or illness, an occupational therapist can help you to regain your confidence. We explain how occupational therapy works.
Physiotherapists can help older people with a range of conditions. Learn how a physio could help you and how to find one.
Quality and regulation of care providers
National regulators check care providers in the UK: we explain who they are, their minimum standards and the process of care service inspections.
LGBT: making the best home care decisions for you
We explore how to find a home care service that works for you if you’re lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans. And if you’re worried about being treated differently, know that the law is on your side.
Finding home care for someone who doesn't speak English
Finding the right home care for a non-English speaker can be a challenge – here are our tips on overcoming it.
We explain the options for paying for care at home, from local authority support to paying for it yourself.
If you are eligible, government funding for home care may be available. We explain the means test and other rules.
If you care for someone for more than 35 hours a week, find out if you could apply for Carer’s Allowance.