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 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back.

You can also ask for a 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

Care home options explained

A simple guide to the options for residential care, and what you can expect from a good care home

Video: sandwich carers

Follow a day in Beth's life and find out how she copes with caring for her mother and her son.

Going into hospital with a learning disability

If you care for someone who has a significant learning disability, these 10 steps can help make their hospital visits a success

Caring and discrimination

Find out why it is important that carers have access to support and advice about their rights.