Care and support

Your essential guide to social care

Find care and support

Exploring the best care options for you at home or nearby? All about your options and finding care and support that's right for you.

About social care

Advice for anyone thinking about care, including information on how to find social care services and how to fund care.

Guide to care

A step-by-step guide to the practical help, support and advice that's on offer and how to get it, including how to look after someone.

Care and work or study

Want to explore your career or education options? This advice can help you manage the care and work or study.

Care, finance and the law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of care and caring.

Carers' wellbeing

As a carer it's important to take time to look after yourself. Get advice on keeping fit and healthy.

Young carers

Under 18 and looking after someone? Find out here what help is available.

Carers' lives

Real stories of how carers have got the help they need and where they have found local support.

Understanding carers

Advice for anyone who knows a carer, works with carers, or might be a carer in future.

Call Carers Direct on 0300 123 1053

Confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Request a free call back or an interpreted call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

Find social care services

Become a Winter Friend

Support the NHS Choices Winter Friends campaign and pledge to look in on an older friend or neighbour this winter

Social care rights

If you're in need of care, make sure you know what you're entitled to and how you're protected by the law

About power of attorney

How adults can use a power of attorney to allow someone else to take charge of their legal, financial and health affairs

Who will pay for your care?

Long-term care can be costly. Find out ways to get funding for care and how to get the most for your money