If you're struggling with everyday tasks such as washing, laundry, cooking and taking medication, you may need to get someone to help you.
You can ask family and friends to help you, or you can pay someone to give you the support you need.
Home care agencies
Home care agencies will provide trained care workers or nurses who can come to your home and help with everyday tasks.
Some agencies offer specialist support for people with:
- learning disabilities
- mental health problems
- brain injuries
Choosing a home care agency
Care Quality Commission (CQC) allows you to search for home care agencies in your area. You can see what type of support they offer and if they have an up-to-date and good inspection report.
NHS Choices allows you to search for home care agencies in your area. You can see what other people have said about them, and rate them yourself based on your experiences.
Age UK's Home help service in Essex provides services such as housework, shopping and assistance for the elderly.
Support from Essex County Council
You can contact Essex County Council if you think you need care and support at home.
Most people have to pay something towards their care. Find out how Essex County Council works out how much you will be asked to pay.
If you're eligible for support, you can choose to arrange your own care and support, you can use direct payments to pay for it.
More information and advice
Independent Age has guidance on getting help at home and choosing home care services.
NHS Choices gives information and advice on homecare.
'Rally Round' is a free online tool that allows family members, friends and carers to organise a support group for someone they care about. They can build up a group of people to do tasks like shopping, cleaning and gardening.