Support in the home

Simple aids and adaptations around the house can make a huge difference to your independence. They can be subtle and unobtrusive to help manage everyday tasks. These could include medicine dispensers, cupboard labels or pictures, contrasting coloured crockery or large handled utensils. There is a wealth of different items.

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There is also an increasing number of electronic devices or assistive technology products on the market that can support and help you. These can include sensors that indicate when the gas or water is left on, devices that tell someone if you leave the house at an unusual time and voice commands to remind you of specific actions. You can even record the messages yourself to offer a familiar voice.

For online information on the types of products, aids and adaptations available, the Living Made Easy website offers a lot of useful information The website works in conjunction with AskSARA which can also help you find useful advice and products that make daily living easier. For more information visit

Home help

Home help offers support with a range of household jobs including cooking, shopping, gardening, companionship and help with getting to and from social activities or appointments. Some even undertake small maintenance jobs. Home Help doesn’t include personal care. If you have dementia and don’t have any specific care needs, but would like some additional company or help with small jobs, then home help could be the right choice for you.

Home care

Home care is also known as domiciliary care. It involves trained care staff assisting you with personal care tasks. These can include getting you up in the morning, and helping you with washing, showering, bathing and dressing.

You can also be helped with preparing meals and eating, if needed. Help with any specific social needs, including prompting to take medication can also be available. You can get help with mobility too. Home care staff have specific training covering moving, handling and the use of hoists and help to get you to bed at night.

Care staff can visit your home every day for as long as is needed. Before a contract is agreed with a care provider, visits should be arranged between the agency, you or anyone who may offer regular, unpaid support and anyone else who may be able to advise on your care and support needs. They will look at your specific needs and how they will best be met with support. A clear care and support plan will then be drafted.

The care plan means everyone knows when visits are to be expected and the tasks the care assistant will assist with. Visits can vary depending on individual needs and care assistants can visit more than once a day if needed. Typically, care services are available from 7am until 10pm. Night-sitting is also a possibility and can help if you have difficulties sleeping at night and the person supporting you at home needs to get a good night’s rest.

The hourly rates for this type of service vary depending on the specific services required, the time visits are arranged for and the location. Always ask for a clear breakdown of costs, any additional charges and whether they are reviewed annually before deciding on an agency.

If you think you are eligible for support from the local authority, contact them for an assessment of your needs and further information.

Live-in care

If you have round-the-clock care and support needs but would like to live at home, 24-hour live-in care may suit you. Live-in care can be an alternative to a care or nursing home and can be an option if anyone supporting you wants to take a short break.

As well as all the tasks you would expect a care assistant to help with, live-in carers can also become great companions and provide assistance with other tasks including running the household and accompanying you on social activities.