How to know what care you need

If you’re not sure where to start to get the right care in place, you can ask your local authority for help. Whatever your financial situation, the Adult Social Care team can help you to understand what type of care is the best fit for you.



Support to help you manage at home

A good first step is to think about the things you might be starting to struggle with at home. From jobs around the house to getting washed and dressed, care providers can support you to manage the essentials more easily and keep your quality of life.


Personal care means:

  • Washing
  • Dressing
  • Preparing medication 
  • Getting out of bed 
  • Using the bathroom

Home help means:

  • Cleaning 
  • Gardening 
  • Making the bed 
  • Shopping 
  • Paying bills and managing paperwork



Choose from a variety of care options

Find the best care

Once you've understood what type of care you need, you can start by asking friends and family for any services or care homes they would recommend, or you can search online. Discover our top tips for finding the best quality care.

Need help?

Paying for care

If you want to find out how you could pay for care, use our Care Costs Calculator.

Understanding your care options

Knowing your options before you need them can help you get the right care at the right time.

Find local help to you

Whether you need some help at home, or want to find out more about care homes in your area, our Finding Care tool can help.