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How do I arrange home care?

Finding the right care package to meet your needs can feel quite daunting, but be reassured, there is actually quite a straightforward process to follow, to arrange home care. 

Whether you are seeking home care services for the elderly, for yourself, or to support families, individuals or couples of any age to remain independent in their own homes, the first step is to contact your Local Authority’s Adult Social Care Team. They will consider your financial circumstances and advise if you are eligible for support with the cost of your home care services.

If you qualify for financial support, your Local Authority will assess your care requirements, and recommend a package of care to meet them, which they will either partially or fully fund for you. 

If you do not qualify for Local Authority financial assistance and are not eligible for specific funding from the NHS or the Government, you will be required to meet the full cost of your own home care. As you are funding your own care, you will have the complete freedom to choose your preferred home care services provider, and how you would like them to support you at home. 

Start by contacting your preferred home care services provider to find out if they are able to offer the type of support you are looking for, in your local area. They will be able to talk you through the home care services they offer and arrange for a care assessment to be carried out with you in your home. The purpose of the care assessment is to fully understand your individual requirements, and ensure that the home care services provider can safely meet your needs. They will then work with you to set up a package of care which enables you to live the life you choose, at home.

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If you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, our community care teams across Somerset and the wider South West are here to help. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to speak to someone about care options that meet your needs, our Enquiries Team will be more than happy to help.

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