Housing options - staying in your own home
Future care planning
Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.
We have information about financial care planning.
Equipment to help
You might need help with bathing, getting around the house, getting in and out of bed, cooking and preparing meals or taking medication. There is a range of equipment to help with these tasks, helping you to maintain your confidence and independence.
For peace of mind while living at home, it is a good idea to have simple equipment to call for help in an emergency.
Find out about types of equipment to help.
Making changes to the house can help with getting around including up and down stairs, using the bathroom, household electrical and kitchen appliances, and switching on heating and lights.
We have information about adapting your home.
If you need to fund major repairs or adaptations to remain at home independently, it may be possible to borrow against the value of your home. A cash or equity release plan can also provide the funding but it is essential to get independent financial and legal advice before deciding on this or any other type of scheme.
We have information about borrowing money.
Having someone come in to help with tasks can be the difference that makes living at home manageable. You may need help with keeping the garden tidy, decorating, household repairs and maintenance and even managing money matters.
We have more information about managing your home.
Personal care in the home
Personal care means getting help with your daily routine from getting up in the morning until going to bed. It includes going to the toilet, washing, dressing, cleaning, getting out and about and doing the shopping. It does not include receiving medical care however.
A care agency can arrange for an assistant to help with tasks in your home for a few hours a week or more. Full time live-in care assistants can also be employed.
We have more information about personal care in the home.