How to arrange extra help at home from a paid carer, if you're having difficulty with daily tasks.

How a paid carer can help

If you need it, a paid carer can regularly visit your home to support you with daily tasks. This can be long-term or just while you get your strength and confidence back after illness or injury. They can support you with:

  • household tasks such as shopping, cleaning, laundry and ironing
  • personal care and managing any problems with incontinence
  • preparing meals and taking medication
  • getting out and about 

Some carers may also be able to treat ongoing health problems by giving injections or changing dressings and bandages. 

How to get care in your home

Find paid care

The fastest way to get help from a paid carer is to arrange and pay for them yourself through a private care agency. You can find your own paid care by:

Care from the NHS

If you have long term complex health needs, you might qualify for free home care from the NHS. You'll need to ask your GP or social worker to arrange an assessment.

Find out more about NHS Continuing Care

Short-term care (reablement)

Reablement support can help you get your independence back after an illness, injury or life change. It can last up to 6 weeks.

This is usually arranged through the NHS who will contact us on your behalf. 

Care through the Council

You may be able to get a paid carer as part of a support plan from the council, also known as social care. You can request a care needs assessment to find out if we can provide support. 

Contact us

To request a care needs assessment, contact the Adult Social Care team.


020 8770 5000

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