Social care and support guide

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If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support.

Introduction to care and support

This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers, and people who are planning their future care needs.

Help from social services and charities

Includes helplines, needs assessments, advocacy and reporting abuse.

Care services, equipment and care homes

Includes home adaptations, help at home from a carer, social care you can get for free and housing.

Money, work and benefits

How to pay for care and support, and where you can get help with costs.

Care after a hospital stay

Includes hospital discharge and care and support afterwards.

Support and benefits for carers

Includes carer's assessments, support from local councils, respite care and help for young carers.

Practical tips if you care for someone

Includes advice on challenging behaviour, moving and lifting people and medicines.

Caring for children and young people

Services, support and tips if you care for someone under 21, and moving to adult social services.

Making decisions for someone else

Includes powers of attorney and mental capacity.

Page updated: March 2022