I’m looking for services that might be able to help me at home so that I can maintain my independence, where should I start?

There are a range of services that may be available to help you at home, our national advice service receive a lot of calls from older people and their families concerned about how best to maintain their independence. Some of the most common tasks that people might benefit from having some support with are:

  • Household tasks and gardening
  • Getting out and about
  • Shopping
  • Managing bills and personal affairs
  • Maintaining contact with friends, family and social networks
  • Meal preparation
  • Managing personal care

You may wish to begin by reading through our information factsheet Living Longer: Remaining Independent which provides some general information on where to find services to support you with the issues above and other common queries surrounding:

  • Telecare (also known as community alarms)
  • Carer responsibilities

Finally, you may wish to use the Home Services database on our website to search for local ‘home help’ services for older people.