Health and social care assessments
A range of support is available. For example, you might need help with cleaning, or you may find it useful if you had a bath rail fitted. You may be entitled to financial help to maintain your own home. To find out what sort of help you could get, the local trust will assess your health and social care needs. It is important to tell the health and social care trust what will make your everyday life easier.
You may also be entitled to 'direct payments'. These are trust payments available for anyone who has been assessed as needing social care, and who would like to buy services instead of receiving the trust's services. For example, direct payments could be used to pay a home help.
Nominating a helper to collect benefits or a pension
There may be a time in your life when you can manage your finances but it becomes harder to get to the post office or bank to receive your pension or other benefits. If that's the case, you can nominate a trusted friend or relative to help.
Health and social care assessments in your local area
You can find out about health and social care assessments in your area.
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust
- South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
- Southern Health and Social Care Trust
- Western Health and Social Care Trust
Care in your own home
Care in your own home is offered to people who require help with personal care like washing or dressing, or help with other daily domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning, or help in managing finances.
Help with heating your home
If you need help to pay for heating or improving insulation in your home, you may be able to get money from a government grant scheme.
Making your home easier to live in
Your home might be easier to live in and safer by making adaptations such as:
- adding hand rails
- installing a draught excluder
- adding bath hoists
You can get advice from your local trust and sometimes receive financial help to alter your home.
Employing a carer or personal assistant
If you need a care worker to help you live independently at home, you may get one through your local trust or a home care agency or you may employ someone directly.
Shopping and home deliveries
If shopping is difficult at times, you might want to consider internet shopping. Some supermarkets and shops deliver shopping to your door.
Meals at home services
Hot, and sometimes frozen, meals can be delivered to your home if your health means you have problems cooking. This service is sometimes called 'meals on wheels'.
The health and social care trust in your area may offer you a 'meals at home' service when they assess your needs.
Telephone support service
Good Morning is a free, community based telephone support service for older and vulnerable people, supporting them to stay independent in their own homes.
It provides daily phone calls, alerting others if a call is not answered. This provides service users and their families with peace of mind.
In addition, the service provides telephone support, enabling users to share worries and concerns and connecting them with local community activities and services.