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Care and support

We know how important it is for you or your elderly loved one to have the care and support they need. Explore our guides and advice about caring for the elderly, and the care costs to consider.

#HaveTheTalk about elderly care earlier

By being aware of the different types of elderly care and having the conversation about what support is available earlier, we can help our loved ones to remain healthy and independent for longer, so they can continue doing the things they love.

Our parents discussed difficult subjects with us when we were growing up. Now it's time for us to #HaveTheTalk with them. That's why we offer personalised advice to help you have an open and honest discussion before it is too late.

Caring for elderly

As your elderly loved ones enter their later years, it's important to support them and provide them with compassionate support. Being aware of available care options and support resources can help in making informed decisions for your family's benefit.

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Care costs

Find valuable resources and practical advice on providing elderly care, including insights on arranging support and understanding care costs.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about care and support

Discover solutions to frequently asked questions regarding providing care and support to the elderly. Explore caregiver resources, long-term care choices and approaches to improve the overall health of older adults.

How do you keep an older person safe at home?

If you have an elderly person living at home, you can help to ensure their safety by taking the following measures:

  • Installing safety features such as grab bars, handrails, and non-slip mats.
  • Removing tripping hazards and ensuring there's sufficient lighting.
  • Regularly checking and maintaining home appliances.
  • Keeping essential emergency contacts easily accessible.
  • Considering a personal alarm system for prompt assistance.
How can you find a reputable professional carer?

To find a carer for you or your loved one, we suggest you

  • Determine the care requirements of the individual.
  • Contact local social services or a care agency for help.
  • Conduct interviews to locate a compatible carer.
  • Verify references and certifications.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends or family.
  • Agree the care arrangements and contract terms.
Can social services force someone into a nursing home?

In the UK, you cannot be compelled by law to move into a care home if you are able to make your own choices. While social services or a hospital may suggest nursing care, you cannot be coerced into doing anything against your will if you have the mental capacity to make decisions.
If a person is unable to make decisions due to a lack of mental capacity and their safety is at risk, social services may have to consider placing them in a nursing home. However, this decision must only be made after a thorough assessment to ensure it is in the person's best interests.

What support is available for family carers in their role in the UK?

UK caregivers have access to various support options like financial assistance, respite care, and training. Local councils must support eligible carers, which can include practical help like assistive technology or arranging a personal assistant. To receive a government benefit called Carer's Allowance, you must meet eligibility criteria and spend at least 35 hours per week caring for an elderly relative. However, this benefit is taxable and may affect other benefits. Receiving Carer's Allowance may entitle you to additional benefits like Council Tax Reduction or a reduction in your TV Licence fee.

What are the different types of care options available for older adults?

As people get older, they can choose from many different types of care, depending on needs and budget. Care options include care at home, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, memory care units, continuing care retirement communities, adult day care centres, respite care, hospice care, home health care, palliative care, and independent living communities. The right choice depends on the person's health, independence, and needs. It's important to talk with family and carefully consider all available options.