Not everyone needs round-the-clock medical care and home care might be the difference that keeps you living independently for longer. If you need personal or social care at home, your local authority can arrange a free assessment of your care needs. They will produce a written plan if you’re eligible for support, or advice on other options if you aren’t.
If you have long-term health requirements you may be entitled to NHS healthcare, which involves an assessment leading to a personalised care and support package. Alternatively, you may be able to get free NHS care and support at home after a stay in hospital, or to prevent you going into hospital.
To apply for either of these NHS services, speak to your GP first.