Care for older people - care & support

There are many ways support and care can be provided, ranging from a little bit of help at home to moving into a care home with 24-hour care. But deciding which solutions are right when caring for older people is not easy. This may be because of the personality of the person being care for, or what is affordable. Our elderly care advice service aims to help identify the right care services for older people at the right time.

The first step in caring for older people

If any kind of care and support for older people is needed, the best way of finding out what will satisfy those needs is through a social care needs assessment carried out by the local authority (council) social services department. Following an assessment, and depending on the care needs and financial circumstances, the council may provide regular direct support or assist with the funding. Failing that, it may be necessary for the person, their family or carers to make the necessary arrangements for getting the help needed.

Whatever the circumstances it is essential to seek advice on what support and care is available locally and what means tested or non-means tested financial support is available. FirstStop can also provide financial advice for people self-funding their care. The Advice Line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. So why not call us now on 0800 377 7070 
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from mobiles/overseas +44 203 519 6002) for more information on elderly care advice or request a call back by clicking here.

Follow the links below to navigate through the choices of support and care for older people: 

Support and Care for Older People at Home

Adapting a Home to Provide Support for Older People

Specially Designed Housing Providing Support and Care for Older People

Care Homes for Older People

Paying for care – FirstStop Advice Service

Self training module for advisers 

If you work with older people you are welcome to browse or downlaod our self training module Advising older people about their care choices in later life - for free