Planning your support

Planning your support

Services come in many different shapes and sizes. Some will suit you more than others – and there may be more on offer than you expect.

Social care services are not simply split between home care and residential care. There are lots of other community services, like extra care housing or sheltered housing. These can help you to stay as independent as possible, with support available when you need it. You may be able to mix and match different types of support, including regular short breaks (respite care) for a relative or friend who supports you.

You might want to:

  • employ a Personal Assistant, to help you take care of yourself and get out and about
  • buy a freezer and a microwave, to make sure that you eat and drink enough
  • buy a computer and broadband for online grocery shopping and banking
  • agree flexible times with your home care providers so that you can get up and go to bed at times that fit in with your life
  • join a support group, or pay for someone to support you on holiday
  • sign up for voluntary work or courses to bring your work skills up to date
  • employ a personal assistant to support you to attend college
  • buy assistive technology to keep you safe in your home, such as mats to alert when someone is out of bed
  • take driving lessons to help you get out and about, or travel to work or college.