Community care provides for both the social and health care of the older members of our community.
The guiding principle of the past generation is that if you need care and support, you should be encouraged and assisted to live, with as much independence as possible, in the community, rather than in an institution.
Community care services can support you in your own home, offer you access to respite and day care or provide you with sheltered housing.
Otherwise, community care will see to your placement in group homes and hostels or residential and nursing homes.
A consequence of this has been an increase in the number of people seeking information on the provision of community care services and on their rights and entitlements to those services. Therefore, we have created these pages for you.
A care package will be arranged, provided and monitored in consultation with your wishes. In fact, to allow you to have as much independence as possible, you may decide to prevail of Direct Payments. These may allow you to decide who cares for you and how the money is spent.
First and foremost, though, we have prepared information directly relevant to the great, unsung heroes of our community - carers.