If you or a relative need help in the home, you can take steps to help yourself. This can be small changes and additions to the home, like grab-rails. You can also get equipment to help you, like walking sticks and key-safes.
Making small changes to help you with routine tasks
There are many changes that can be made to improve your daily and weekly routines:
- Medication delivery - most pharmacies offer a delivery service to your door. This can also be used for repeat prescriptions and medication.
- Grocery delivery - most large supermarkets offer online shopping. You can select your food and get it delivered to your door.
- Online shopping - you can find lower cost aids at many online market places. Try Amazon or eBay to get goods like large button phones or remotes.
- Getting around - to get from A to B, there are services like the AccessBus , Senior Pass and Shopmobility .
- Adaptations to your home - changes made to your home can make it easier to live in. This can be things like fitting lever taps, grab rails and handrails. To find out more about this, see: Adaptations for elderly and disabled people .
- Moving and relocating - you can downsize your home, or move closer to local services to have better access.
Loneliness and isolation
Getting out and about and keeping up with friends can lead to a more fulfilling life. You can:
- take up new activities and hobbies with a club or society ;
- find out what is happening around you and take part with our What's on guide ;
- use befriending services like those offered by Age UK ;
- or attend a day centre for activities and companionship.
Purchasing care services
You can purchase services, other than those you are eligible for from the Council.
If you get care services from other organisations or people, you might want to enter into a contract. A contract can set out and agree terms and conditions, rights, expectations and duties in advance. With this, both you and the provider will benefit from knowing what to expect from each other. A written contract should preferably include at least these points:
- Legal context - names and addresses of user and provider;
- Services to be provided - to ensure your needs are met;
- Lifestyle preferences - likes, dislikes, physical and other preferences;
- Trial period - during which contract can be cancelled quickly if unsuitable;
- Fees - rate per hour / day, charges for extras, increases;
- Frequency, duration, time and punctuality of service provision;
- Staff - provision of suitably trained, skilled, experienced staff;
- Insurance - employers and public liability, malpractice and household;
- Your responsibilities - your house and equipment in good, safe order;
- Privacy and confidentiality - and consideration of religion and culture;
- Complaints - how to get things put right;
- Ending the contract - notice required, other events ending contract;
- Signatures - of both parties.
To see a choice of care services, visit: Connect to Support Calderdale .