If you’re new to the business of finding a care provider – whether it’s residential care for an elderly person or finding extra help so a family member can stay living in their own home – it can be a confusing process, so we've put together a quick guide to the types of care available.
Most people will need to pay towards care homes costs if their income and capital exceeds £22,000*.
*April 2008 figure for residents in Wales; source Age Concern Cymru, fact sheet 10.
But local authorities or the NHS can sometimes help with costs if needs are health-based.
Make sure you contact your local council’s social services department for a full assessment of your needs before paying for care.
Regulates and inspects care homes in Wales – and local authority social services departments
Leading charity for older people in Wales – work includes fundraising, research and campaigning on older people’s issues
08000 223 444
Help for people living with and caring for people with dementia
National Dementia Helpline
Run by the Alzheimer’s Society
0300 222 1122
Working to make sure older people’s homes in Wales are safe, secure and appropriate to their needs
029 2067 4830
Working to safeguard the rights of older people in Wales
08442 640670 (standard rate) or 029 2044 5030 (Iocal no.)
For information about local voluntary groups offering help and advice for carers
Care provision for children and young people in either a domicillary or residential setting.
Care provision for dementa sufferers in either a domicillary or residential setting.
Care to enable someone to live with help in their own home. Contact your local council’s Social Services department for an assessment of needs – from cleaning and help with washing or dressing to medical help. Note: Getting an assessment is a useful step whatever the type of care you’re looking for. It will pinpoint specific needs and services which can help you identify a care provider.
Training companies who provide training for providers withing the health and social care.
Accommodation with care support for people who prefer to live independently.
Care provision for the terminally ill.
Care provision for people with learning disabilities
Care provision for people with mental health problems.
Nursing care provision for people with nursing requirements.
Care provision for people with physical disabilities.
Managed care facilities staffed either by qualified care workers or social workers. Contact your council’s Social Services for a needs assessment and to find out if a person is entitled to state help in paying for their care. It will be able to provide a list of council-funded care homes – or find a list of private residential care providers using our care provider search tool.
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