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Do you need help at home or to get out and about?

You can hire a "personal assistant" to act as a homecare worker for you. Personal assistants can offer you all that you’ll get from an agency worker, but you’ll also get the continuity, familiarity and ongoing relationship with your assistant. However, if you employ a…

Do you need help to live at home?

If you need help around the home, a good option is to have a care worker come in to your home to help you. To find out about the support that is available to you locally, please click on this sentence for further information and options.…

Do you need help to meet your care needs or to employ a Personal Assistant (PA)?

If you do, you may find it useful to recruit a Personal Assistant to help you get out and about or to help you get involved in the activities you’d like to do. Fo further information and to find out how to recruit a Personal…

Do you need help with shopping? (Help with shopping factsheet)

Shopping for food and other essential items can be very challenging when you are older or have a disability. This advice and guidance page suggests some ways to overcome these difficulties so you can get the things you need to stay well. Use your personal…

Drug and Alcohol Support

There are a number of organisations offering support to people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol and those who are affected by this addiction. Click here for further information about local drug and alcohol services. Click on the services listed on this page to find out about…

End of life care

End of life care should help the person you care for live as well as possible until the last years / months of their life, and to die with dignity. The people providing care should ask them about their wishes and preferences, and take these…

Free health checks for over-14s with a learning disability

Reading Mencap has run the 'Being as Healthy as We Can’ multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Health Working Group this year and is focusing on Annual Health Checks. They have designed this flyer to raise awareness that children and young people with Learning Disability, from age 14…

Fuel Poverty - information page, advice and training

Fuel poverty affects 2.5 million households in England (10.9% of households) People who live in fuel poverty are more likely to suffer from ill health, from poor mental health, are self-disconnect from heating to save money or die as a result of living in a…

Getting a break from caring

Regular breaks from caring can benefit both you and the person you care for. The right kind of break, at the right time, can help people who are ill, frail or disabled to carry on living with friends or family in their own communities. The person you care for may…

Getting informed, getting prepared - finding care and support for older people

An online resource to help older people and their carers to find out what they need to get help and support. The site offers the information in accessible formats: - Text only - Large print - Audio - Leaflet (PDF)
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