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Finding and arranging social care

Everybody needs a little help sometimes. If it's getting harder to manage, there are steps you can take to get the care and support you need. 

Where to start?

Working out what care you need

Your first step should be to ask your local council's social services department for a care needs assessment. They will identify where you might need extra support from social care and together you will agree a care and support plan.

What to expect from a care needs assessment

Types of social care services


Help with everyday tasks like washing, dressing or making dinner.

Care homes

Care in a residential setting, including 24-hour care in a care home or nursing home.

Confused by social care?

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's Charity Director, explains what we mean when we talk about social care.

We're here to help

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 055 6112. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 140 local Age UKs.

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