If you need help in your own home, first contact the Social Services department of your local authority. They will be able to carry out an assessment of your needs. They will then be able to plan and organise appropriate care and support.
You may be asked to contribute to the cost of care, depending on your means.
If you need help with financial issues, see our page about Benefits Advice.
If you are looking after someone with cancer, take a look at our resources to help carers
There are a number of community-based nursing services. We recommend that you speak to your GP or Clinical Nurse Specialist in the first instance to organise the most appropriate care.
Provides care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in their hospices and offers support to their families.
|Rennie Grove Hospice Care
Hospice at Home service offers specialist care at home through a combination of planned and responsive visits by teams of nurses and healthcare assistants.
|UKHCA – United Kingdom Homecare Association
Professional association of homecare providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. Provides information on how to find appropriate homecare.
If you are having difficulty managing certain tasks at home (for example getting in/out of the bath, dressing yourself, walking safely or standing up from your chair/bed) then you may benefit from some equipment to help.
Some independent living aids may be obtained free of charge so check with your GP or health care professional before buying products.
You can also contact your local borough Social Services and ask to speak with a Community Occupational Therapist for advice about obtaining equipment or to be assessed for adaptations for the home.
The list below gives details of organisations that offer advice, loan or sell equipment to help you cope at home.
Offers a wide range of services, information and advice
|British Red Cross
Short term loan of equipment, eg, wheelchairs.
|Disabled Living Foundation
Advice on aids and equipment for disabled and older people. Advice on where to buy them. Demonstration centre for equipment.
|Manage at Home
Specialist UK retailer of mobility aids, mobility products and equipment.
|Mobility Equipment Hire Direct
Mobility equipment hire for a holiday, a short stay away from home or an event.
|Mount Vernon Hospital Comforts Fund shop
Stocks a range of small aids including long-handled grabbers, stocking aids, long-handled shoe horns and sponges.
Located on the hospital site in Northwood. Open Mon-Fri 10.00am-3.30pm.
01923 826111 ext 4269
Provides information, advice and support for people living with a disability.
High quality disability equipment and rehab supplies, including mobility products and disability aids.