Social Services Support for DementiaMarch 28 2019
Even if you feel you don’t need support now, it’s a good idea to know what’s available and plan ahead.
The adult social services department of your local council can help with your personal care and day-to-day activities.
For example, social services may offer to provide:
- carers to help you with washing and dressing
- laundry services
- meals on wheels
- aids and adaptations
- access to day centres
It’s a good idea to find out if you do need help by getting a needs assessment from social services. This assessment could identify needs you may not have considered. A needs assessment is free and anyone can ask for one.
If the assessment shows you need help with everyday tasks, a person from social services will discuss this with you, and a relative or carer. Together you can agree a joint plan of needs and how these will be met.
The next step is a financial assessment (means test) to check if the council will pay towards the cost of your care.
How to get a needs assessment
If you haven’t already had a needs assessment, contact the social services department at your local council and ask for one.