Useful Live-In Care Information
Please find below some useful organisations and websites which might help with your decisions.
UKHCA is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.
The REC Nursing & Social Care Group is the only organisation which solely represents agencies and businesses in the Nursing and Social Care sector.
Care Aware is a non-profit making public information, advisory and advocacy service specialising in elderly care funding advice in the UK. Their objectives are to improve public understanding and knowledge about the UK care system, to reinforce the rights and choices of the individual and to assist the public on the complex issues associated with elderly care funding advice issues.
The Government´s main website for information on all public services including social care and care of the elderly.
The Social Care and Health pages and Over 50´s pages have lots of useful information eg: support and equipment to help you stay in your home, funding advice, support for vulnerable people etc.
Advice on Pensions and Benefits.
The Social Care and Health Tab takes you to lots of useful sections including advice on funding, nursing care, how to request a care assessment and care choices.
They are the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They regulate care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations. They aim to make sure better care is provided for everyone – in hospitals, care homes and people's own homes. They also seek to protect the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.
Friends of the Elderly is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of older people.
Alzheimer´s Society is a membership organization, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A charity for elderly people giving help and advice on a range of topic from keeping healthy to claiming the benefits you are entitled to.
Self or Privately Funded
Many of our clients will be self funding and will not be eligible for any state funding towards the cost of care. If you do not have the resources there are other avenues to explore which may provide some financial support. If you are considering using financial services products such as a property equity release scheme, we strongly urge you to seek advice from a qualified Independent Financial Advisor.
Social Services Funding
There are a number of different benefits depending on your exact situation. If you have limited income/assets and need care or support at home, you can apply to your county council for a free of charge care needs/financial assessment. If you are eligible, social services may provide full or part funding through direct payments, or via a personal budget. For more information please contact either Surrey Adult Social Care Team on 0300 200 1005 or visit their website using this link www.surreycc.gov.uk/ or Hampshire Adult Services on 0845 603 5630 or visit their website using this link www.hants.gov.uk/adult-services.html
There is a higher and lower rate which is tax free and NOT means tested. This is a benefit for people aged 65 and over who need help with their personal care. Visit the government website using this link www.direct.gov.uk to download a claim form or alternatively ring the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200.
This is a benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled, even if they are not related or living with the disabled person. To apply on line please use this link www.direct.gov.uk.
Independent Living Fund
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is designed to help you, if you are disabled, to live independently at home rather than in residential care. Payments from the fund can be used for personal and domestic care in your own home. There is a maximum amount payable per week.
You may also find the following websites useful.