Can I get care and support to live at home?
Our aim is to help you live as healthily and independently as possible without the need for ongoing support.
Care and support is the term used to describe the help some adults need to live as well and as independently as possible with any illness or disability they may have.
It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and being part of the community.
If you think you need some help to live at home, we’ll talk to you about your situation and ask questions to help us understand your needs, the everyday things you want to be able to do, and the impact on your day-to-day life of not being able to do them. This is called an assessment. We’ll provide you with information or advice or tell you about services or facilities available in your local community which might help meet your needs.
We will also talk to you about any practical things including that might help you to do things for yourself. This could include things such as grab rails which help you get out of bed or up and down steps safely, or personal alarms which alert someone in case you have a fall, or walking aids that help you move around inside and outside your home safely.
If your needs are eligible for local authority support, we will start planning your care and support with you to understand how your needs might be met – this could include things you could do for yourself, help or care you might get from a family member, friend or neighbour, or services that might be available in your local area.
If you require additional long-term care and support we will estimate the cost of that support and let you know what your personal budget is in order to purchase services to meet your needs. You can take your personal budget as a direct (cash) payment and arrange your own support or you can ask the Council to arrange services on your behalf. You may need to pay towards the cost of those services.
Short term support
Care and support services may be provided on a short term basis, to help you regain your independence after a period of illness, an injury, the onset of disability or some other circumstance which means you need support to live at home. This support is provided by the Reablement service for up to 6 weeks
Find a home care provider
- Professional care services in your home (directory)
Find a personal assistant
- North West Personal Assistant Register
- Employing personal assistants toolkit (Skills for care website)