Care at Home
Home Care (also known as home support or domiciliary care)
are services arranged where someone comes into your home to help
with practical and personal tasks such as getting up; washing and
toileting; organising meals; shopping; collecting pension
What do I do now?
If you feel that you need help at home and want to ask whether
you are eligible for a home care service, please contact our
If you prefer, you can ask someone else, such as a friend,
relative or your GP to contact the Access Centre for you, call 0845
If you are in hospital at present and feel that you may need help
when you leave, speak to a nurse or a social worker at the
Who can have home care?
Home care is available to people who need help,so that they are
able to remain living at home. This may include:
- older people who are frail or vulnerable;
- people who have a physical, sensory or learning
- people who have a physical or mental illness;
- people who receive regular care from a relative or friend.
Is there a charge for home care?
Adults* who receive a Home Care service arranged through Adult
Services and Health generally have to pay a charge towards the cost
of the service. The amount you pay will depend on:
- Whether you have capital (savings and any investments) above a
- Whether you receive any of the following Social Security
- Income Support
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Disability Living Allowance (Care). (DLA)
- Severe Disability Premium (which is part of Income
*Note: There are a few exceptions and Home Care staff will
advise individuals where charges can be waived when services are
This page was last reviewed 23 December 2013 at 16:50.
The page is next due for review 21 June 2015.