Social care means help and support - both personally and practically - which can enable people to lead as independent a life as possible.
Social care covers a wide range of services, both private and public, and can include anything from help getting out of bed and washing, through to care homes and drop-in centres.
This is in contrast to primary health care and services, carried out in hospitals.
Information about social care
Age UK hads lots of free information and advice about social care. Read our pages to find out more.
Care homes and other housing
We offer a wide selection of information and advice on your housing options - whether that's a residential care home, or something else.