If you prefer to make your own care arrangements privately, or you have been assessed and are not eligible for our support you can arrange and fund your own care.
If you are making decisions on behalf of someone else (external link) you need to be sure you have the right to do so.
When arranging care, don't assume that a residential care home will be the best way to support you or a loved one. Before deciding if a care home is the right choice you need to work out what your needs are.
Think about an ordinary day in your life and what points during the day you need help.
How are you at:
If you are okay with all of these but you think you are starting to struggle you may just need a little bit of help.
If you feel living at home is no longer possible, you could look for alternative housing options:
Find out more about housing alternatives.
If the above options are not appropriate and you answer no to most of the questions then a residential care home may be the best option for you.
If you think you, a family member or friend needs adult social care support and you/they haven't been previously assessed for our support please see 'getting our support' information.