Getting help at home
A new, free guide about ways to stay independent covers getting help with household chores, managing day-to-day tasks and activities, adapting your current home, short-term help after hospital, and personal care.
Think about home adaptations – There may be equipment and adaptations you can get to help you stay in your home for longer, like installing a stairlift, grab rails or a wet room. Get in touch with your local council to arrange a care needs assessment involving an occupational therapist to find out what you need and if you could be eligible for financial help.
Use simple technology – There are a range of gadgets available which could help make life easier and keep you safe at home. Telecare services involve alarms and sensors which can trigger a call for help when activated. They include wearable alarms, movement sensors that can detect a fall, and fire alarms that automatically call for help.
Look into personal care at home – Carers can visit you to help with things like washing and dressing yourself, getting in and out of bed and preparing and eating food. The council may be able to help you with this or you could employ someone yourself, either directly or through an agency. Get in touch with your local council to arrange a care needs assessment to find out what you need and what support may be available.
Whether you need some help to care for yourself, changes to your home to make it more suitable, or just a hand with household chores, there are places you can find help. This guide looks at:
- Getting help with household chores
- Equipment and adaptations to make life easier
- Gadgets to make you feel safer
- Staying connected at home
- Extra money if you need help to look after yourself
- Home from hospital help
- Help with personal care at home
- Making a complaint
Order or download the guide at Independent Age or by calling 0800 319 6789