Home > Keeping Healthy > Home Help for Older People

Home Help for Older People

By: John Beith - Updated: 27 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Old People Retirement Care Social

If you are retired or disabled and find it hard to get around or find it difficult to cope with household tasks you may be able to get help and support from your local authority the NHS, voluntary organisations or private agencies.

Local Authority

Your local authority social services department can help arrange services to ensure older people can stay in their own home. They can provide assistance with:
  • Bathing and washing
  • Preparing meals
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Shopping
  • Cleaning your home
  • Installation of equipment like, hand rails, bath seats etc.

NHS

Your local NHS Authority can provide help with:
  • Chiropody
  • Medical equipment-special beds, wheelchairs and other specialist medical equipment.
  • Continence equipment and advice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy

Private Care

Private care agencies provide services such as personal care, cleaning and shopping.If you decide to opt for private care then you will have to pay the full costs of these services. Your local social services department can provide you with a list of approved private care companies.

Voluntary Organisations

There are many voluntary services who offer help with gardening, providing meals, home visits, transport and escort services. These are organisations like Age Concern and WRVS. Their contact details can be found in the telephone directory or can be provided by social services.

How do You Get Help?

If you feel you need help from the NHS or social services then you should ask for an assessment of your needs to be made. Contact the organisation and tell them you'd like an assessment, they will arrange for someone to come and discuss your specific needs - there is no charge for this service.

This assessment might be done by several people such as a social worker, occupational therapist, nurse, and possibly even a housing officer if you have special housing needs. It may be beneficial to have friend or a relative with you when the assessment is done as they can remember some important details that you may forget to mention. Give the person doing the assessment as much detail as possible, even if you think it's not that important.

Depending on how urgently you need help, you may have to wait a while for an assessment to be made.

What Help Will You Get?

Once you have been assessed you will be given a care plan. This will explain to you what services you are entitled to and how the care will be provided. There are a few different ways that your needs can be met - the local authority can:
  • Provide services directly
  • Arrange for services to be provided by private agencies or voluntary organisations.
  • Or you could be offered "Direct Payments" This is where the local authority will give you cash payments so you can manage and organise your own care.
Direct payments are given to anyone who is disabled or over 65 and have been assessed as needing Care in the Community. You can then use this money to employ your own care worker or buy any equipment you may need.

Carers

If you are looked after or helped by a family member, then they may qualify for payments as a carer. They should ask to be assessed separately and their needs can be assessed whether the person they care for has been assessed or not.

The kind of help and support a carer may get includes:

  • Help with household tasks and activities for the person you care for.
  • Breaks from caring
  • Emotional support from other carers.
If you are disabled you may be able to obtain grants to repair your property or adapt it to meet your needs.

The local authority can limit the amount of help they will provide to no more than the cost for them to pay for a place in a care home. For instance if it would cost the local authority £300 per week to provide a place in a care home they can limit the package of care in your home to £300 worth of services.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Jazzjb46
    Re: Winter Fuel Payments for Pensioners Living Abroad
    I think it's disgusting that those that left the UK were still recieving payments of any kind.....…
    29 July 2020
  • Robinjr2
    Re: Learning for Free in Retirement
    Saw the interest in free courses online: search YouTube! Especially since lockdown there's a course on almost anything in…
    29 July 2020
  • Robinjr2
    Re: Learning for Free in Retirement
    U3a is nationwide and offers all kinds of educational and social activities at low cost: my art class is 50p per week, and…
    29 July 2020
  • Sue
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I joined the U3A in Barnsley when I moved there after my husband died - best thing I ever did! I made new friends and got involved…
    24 July 2020
  • Steve
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I am recently retired and looking for new friends. The present circumstances we find ourselves in with covid-19 doesn’t help. I…
    19 July 2020
  • Lady V
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Widow young outlook ,73yrs old looking for company to share meals out or drinks Keen rugby league fan love holidays when can go…
    17 July 2020
  • Lady V
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Widow young outlook ,73yrs old looking for company to share meals out or drinks Keen rugby league fan love holidays when can go again
    17 July 2020
  • Betty
    Re: Travel Concessions for Over 60s
    I am 71 semi retired very active would like to meet women companions about 60s-70s for travel home and abroad I live in…
    15 July 2020
  • Tony
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    HI I'm a 61 yo single male new to the Waterlooville area. Moved just prior to lockdown, so have been a bit of a prisoner, as now…
    2 July 2020
  • Katie.
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Hi everyone Can’t find the replies section, do people ever reply. Thanks. Katie from Liverpool
    25 June 2020