Support Over Your Lifetime

Support in your own home, a care home and a nursing home

As NHS choices suggests to the question “What is social care and support?”
“They’re services to help you if you:

  • need practical support because of illness or disability
  • care for someone receiving social care and support

Social care and support are usually paid for by:

LOCAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

From Buckinghamshire Council
Provide a broad section on care and local support from the council
Care Advice Buckinghamshire: “Support and care for adults, their families and carers. Helping you find the right information and support in Buckinghamshire.” Care Advice Buckinghamshire | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

two clear options

Options are complex but can be simplified into two clear options:
Option 1: making changes that do not require a social care assessment
Option 2: making changes following a social care assessment (a free assessment)

Many people will choose option 2 and some will choose option 1 and some will do option 1 while they wait for option 2. We have divided the information on this page into these 2 options and then included other important areas of information which can relate to either option.

We also have information on planning your future which we highly recommend. This includes Lasting power of attorney and separately end of life care. Some of this information can be considered many years before end of life care is required.

OPTION 1: MAKING CHANGES WITHOUT A FREE SOCIAL CARE ASSESSMENT

Option 1 includes adjustments to your home and equipment to provide practical support. Some of this is free and some you would need to pay for. You can self-refer for an occupational therapy assessment.

SELF-REFER FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT

From Buckinghamshire Council: self-referral for an occupational therapy assessment

INFORMATION ON LIVING INDEPENDENTLY

From Buckinghamshire Council

Transport and mobility (incluing how to get a bLUE BADGE for parking)

From Buckinghamshire Council

WHEELCHAIR

From Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Wheelchair service Wheelchair Service – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

From British Red Cross

HOME HELP AND SIMILAR SUPPORT

From Age UK

From Age UK (Buckinghamshire)

From the Royal Voluntary Service
Supporting people Help Supporting People | Home Support | Royal Voluntary Service

LOCAL PRIVATE care providers and care homes

From the Buckinghamshire Care Services Directory
For information on care providers and care homes in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, read the Buckinghamshire Care and Support Services Directory Buckinghamshire Care Services Directory | Publications | Care Choices

From NHS choices
Links to find local homecare
Help at home from a paid carer Help at home from a carer – NHS

From the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC provide reports on local homecare services and their reports can be found here
Find services offering care in the home Find services offering care in the home – Care Quality Commission

ADVICE AND SUPPORT ON LINKING TO COMMUNITY SERVICES

From Prevention Matters
Advice linking eligible adults to social activities, volunteers and community services. How can I refer myself to them? Prevention Matters | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

SUPPORT AFTER A STAY IN HOSPITAL

From the British Red Cross
Getting support at home Support at home | British Red Cross

OPTION 2: MAKING CHANGES FOLLOWING A SOCIAL CARE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

A FREE social care needs assessment can help you better understand what your social care needs are and also what your options are supporting those needs.

self referral for a SOCIAL CARE NEEDS assessment

From Buckinghamshire Council
Ask adult social care for help – Self referral for social care needs assessment Ask adult social care for help | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

  • If you want to make a referral for yourself or on behalf of someone else
  • If you want to make a carer referral for yourself or someone else
  • If you want to find out how much money you might need to contribute towards your care
  • You can submit a general enquiry

Explanation of a care needs assessment

From the NHS
Getting a care needs assessment Getting a care needs assessment – Social care and support guide – NHS

From Buckinghamshire Council

Age UK provide a good explanation  of how a care needs assessment is the first step if you think you need social care
How do I get social care, whether home adaptions or a care home? How do I get a care needs assessment from my local council? The Care Needs Assessment Explained | Age UK

ADVOCACY SUPPORT

Can help carers to know their rights and make informed decisions.

From Buckinghamshire Council
You can self-refer to POhWER directly

From POhWER

  • Delivers information, advice, support and advocacy services throughout England. Aiming to support people who face difficult issues and want to make their voice heard. They offer the following services in Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire | Home | POhWER
    you can self-refer in Buckinghamshire if you consider this helpful

INDEPENDENT BROKERAGE SERVICE

From Buckinghamshire Council
“Brokers can remove the stress of sourcing and planning your own care: There is currently a fee for this service though there is currently no charge for a broker to find respite or a permanent residential / nursing placement” Independent brokerage service | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

There is more information on alternatives to your own home in the frequently asked questions below. CQC provide ratings and reports on all local care homes.

CARE HOME RATINGS

From the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC provide reports on all care homes in England and these can be found here
Find a care home  Find a care home | Care Quality Commission

Understand paying for care

From Paying for Care
An excellent place to start to understand what you need to consider and what actual steps you might want to take
Helping you plan how to pay care fees Home (payingforcare.org)

From Buckinghamshire Council
Provide a large database which explains different aspects of paying for care including local support.
Paying for care Paying for care | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

Get direct help from the council

From Buckinghamshire Council
Ask adult social care for help Ask adult social care for help | Care Advice Buckinghamshire
Includes how you can find out how much money you might need to contribute towards your care

Money off your Council Tax

From Buckinghamshire Council
Money off your Council Tax  See how to get money off your Council Tax bill | Buckinghamshire Council

SUPPORT FOR CARERS

There is a whole section on Supporting carers including local and national support.

mental capacity support

From NHS choices
Mental Capacity Act Mental Capacity Act – NHS

From Gov UK
Make decisions on behalf of somone Make decisions on behalf of someone: Checking mental capacity – GOV.UK

You can also get advocacy from POhWER. An advocate has been specially trained to support people who are not able to make certain decisions.
How can advocacy help me? How can advocacy help me? | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

From POhWER

SAFEGUARDING

To report a concern about abuse or neglect of an adult, see under

NATIONAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

GENERAL

From Age UK
Age UK advice line Age UK Advice Line: Free national helpline for older people | Age UK

From NHS Choices
Various telephone helplines and forums from national organisations covering different aspects of social care : including older people, money and benefits, if you care for someone else and if you care for a child Social care helplines and forums – NHS

FINANCIAL

From Citizen Advice
Advice line  Contact us – Citizens Advice

From Money helper
Chat to us live (click the icon on the home page) Free and impartial help with money, backed by the government | MoneyHelper

There is also national support under Supporting carers and Lasting Power of attorney

FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL CARE

From NHS choices

From Buckinghamshire Council

From Age Space
Age Space is a national organisation whose information is written from the perspective of a carer for elderly parents and as such has some helpful insights. It provides links and information on some of the local services and some local groups relating to elderly care.

OPTION 1: MAKING CHANGES WITHOUT A SOCIAL CARE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

General support without going through a needs assessment

From Buckinghamshire Council
Support you to live independently Supporting you to live independently | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR HOME AND EQUIPMENT

From NHS choices

From NHS choices

From Buckinghamshire Council

OPTION 2: MAKING CHANGES FOLLOWING A SOCIAL CARE ASSESSMENT (FREE ASSESSMENT)

What care do you need? Requesting an assessment from the council.

From NHS choices

See under the local self-referral section above for how to get a needs assessment through the local council and how to get an advocate if you feel that is necessary.

Some assessments are completed by other services including by hospital teams and by secondary care mental health services, without you needing to request.

finances

From NHS choices

From Age UK
For over 60s advice on Money and legal issues  Money and legal advice for seniors | Age UK

From Buckinghamshire Age UK
For over 60s information and advice about benefit entitlement welfare benefits

From Buckinghamshire Council
Paying for care Paying for care | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

ALTERNATIVES TO YOUR OWN HOME FOR CARE (INCLUDING CARE HOMES)

From NHS choices

From Buckinghamshire Council
Living with support Living with support | Care Advice Buckinghamshire

SUPPORT FOR CARERS

There is a whole section on Supporting Carers including general information.

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