29/07/2013 - Permalink

Help is now at hand when choosing care

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A new guide has been produced to help people find the type of care and support they need. 

The Practical Guide to Care has been put together by councils from across the Midlands, including Shropshire Council, to give older people advice about accessing care and the support that might be appropriate for them. 

The guide sets out five practical steps to help people understand the options that are available: 

  • Identifying the support you need
  • Deciding how much you can afford to pay
  • Exploring the options to help you stay independent
  • Finding the care which is right for you
  • Start using care. 

The guide is available on the Shropshire Council website, and is being circulated by GP surgeries and health organisations to help people when they feel they may need support. 

Tim Barker, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

“It can be a worrying and difficult time when people start to think they might need care.  We appreciate that the myriad of different care providers and type of support on offer can be confusing, as well as the question of how much it might cost.  That’s why we are pleased this guide has been produced, and we hope it will be a useful starting point that people can use to help improve their quality of life.” 

The guide can be viewed and downloaded on the council’s website by going to http://shropshire.gov.uk/adult-social-care and clicking The Practical Guide to Care link.