If your needs are changing and you need more help and support in your daily life, there is a range of services who can help you keep your independence.
Services to help you
Home care services are agencies who send care staff to your home to help you with a variety of tasks such as getting out of bed, dressing, personal hygiene, food preparation and cooking, cleaning, taking medication, or accompanying you when you go shopping, to appointments or socialising. Some will even accompany you on holiday!
Having a regular carer can provide peace of mind, reduce loneliness and take away some of the strains of everyday life for someone looking to stay in their own home.
Respite care is a care service intended to help someone for a short period of time, for example when recovering from illness or surgery, or allow a person's carer to have a break. Some respite care services come to your home. Other respite services are provided by nursing and residential homes who admit residents for a fixed-term period of care, after which they return home.
Sheltered and extra care housing is an option for people who want to live in a home of their own but prefer the support of a warden or manager, in a home which is easier to look after. These complexes usually offer communal facilities for socialising, with the added security of having trained staff on-site who can help deal with the unexpected.
If you need adjustments making to the facilities in your home to meet your changing needs, specialist equipment and home adaptations may help you. A small change could make a big difference to your quality of life.
Meal services can make life easier if you are struggling to cook for yourself. There are meal delivery services who bring prepared, frozen meals to your home for you to heat and enjoy. If you would like good food and good company, lunch clubs are run by community groups all over Trafford. Some may be able to arrange transport to and from the venue.
Assessing and paying for support
To help identify which services would be most appropriate for you, you can request a social care needs assessment from Trafford Council. You can also request a financial assessment to find out how much, if anything, you will need to contribute towards the cost of your care.
You can also get help with money, housing and legal matters, from services who can offer impartial advice or work on your behalf. Whether it's debt, budgeting, benefits, finding a new home or finding out what your rights are, there are organisations in Trafford who can help you.
Choosing a home care agency
CQC have produced a guide called 'What can you expect from a good home-care agency?' which describes the five main inspection criteria and how good care homes demonstrate that they are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs and well-led.