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Sometimes people do not like to admit or accept that they are in need of care. They may not have any specific illness or condition, but as people get older, problems with mobility can make day-to-day tasks more taxing and time-consuming. Help with personal care such as bathing, dressing and eating can give people more time and energy to enjoy the rest of their day. Home help services such as prescription collections, housekeeping, preparing meals, shopping and caring for pets and houseplants can also prove invaluable. Companionship services can offer a person the chance to enjoy a walk or a friendly chat with someone who can soon feel more like a friend than a carer. This can be combined with other services to make a huge difference in a person’s life and really give them something to look forward to. Some community care providers are able to provide holiday services, where clients can enjoy a trip abroad that could normally prove a difficulty. Companies can arrange transport and accompany the client on their holiday to provide a reassuring helping hand and allow them a world of freedom. Your local council’s social services department may be able to help with some home care services, if you fulfil certain criteria. This is normally limited to provisions such as help with washing and dressing, preparing meals and domestic chores. The services and criteria can vary depending on which local authority area you live in so it will be necessary to clarify this with your council. It is generally provided to older people, disabled people, adults with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems and can be tailored to suit your specific needs. The care you are eligible for will be determined by an assessment. There is generally a very high demand for council care services, so priority will be determined by each individual’s needs. A financial assessment will also be carried out to determine how much you will need to pay for your council care. If you believe you or someone you love may be in need of community care, make the first steps into finding out more. If you are unsure, consult your GP for advice. Also make use of the contacts provided in this guide, or call your local council. Sefton Council: 08451 400845 Lancashire County Council: 0845 053 0009  40


My Care Guide  
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