Home support, also known as domiciliary care, is a service provided by paid care workers in someone’s own home to help them manage their day to day tasks. Support can include (but is not limited to) personal care, giving medication, washing and generally making sure people’s health and wellbeing is being maintained.
iCare aims to provide care and support for people who cannot wholly look after themselves. They provide a service in your own home, at times convenient to you, and in ways you find most agreeable. They also provide a meal delivery service and, if needed, they have services that enable you to live independently in your own property, with the reassurance of care and support from a 24 hour, on-site team of professionals.
My Home Life is a UK wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people. They provide a range of information and resources for older people and their family when they are looking for care homes.
The Older Peoples Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) believes that there are specific circumstances where all individuals must have a right to the support of an independent advocate to ensure that their own interests and preferences are acknowledged and addressed. Although OPAAL does not provide advocacy services itself, their website can be used to help you locate an appropriate service near to where you live.
The Red Cross offers a variety of practical, local and emotional support across the UK and internationally. This includes help with loneliness, cost of living or returning home after a hospital stay. The Red Cross also hire out wheelchairs or other practical equipment.
TeleCareline is a 24 hour service that provides and monitors a range of equipment and sensors. These can be worn, or put in a person’s home to help them remain independent. When alarms go off, support is provided, which can be from a neighbour or friend, a service organised by TeleCareline or the emergency services.