Information and advice

There is a lot of information that can be helpful to us during difficult times and when faced with unfamiliar conditions or challenges.

We have sifted through much of what is out there and below we have identified a number of website resources we believe can help ease that task and get you the information and support you need more easily. If you come across other useful websites, let us know and we will take a look at them.

Home care providers, regulation and standards

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The United Kingdom Homecare Association

A provider organisation raising and maintaining standards, but has a section on choosing care, including a list of home care providers local to you.
>> www.ukhca.co.uk

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NHS Choices

provides much information, including overviews of most medical conditions, as well as the facility to locate home care services in your local area.
>> www.nhs.uk

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Care Quality Commission

An independent regulator of health and social care in England, including home care.
>> www.cqc.org.uk

Later life – General information

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Age UK

Provides useful information on a wide range of subjects important to the elderly, including health & wellbeing and money; it also sells products suited to later life.
>> www.ageuk.org.uk

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Independent Age

Offers advice and information on social care provision; guides for the over-65s on finance, staying independent and getting the most from later life; and befriending services and discussion groups.
>> www.independentage.org

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Disability Rights UK

Has lots of information on how individuals can assert their rights.
>> disabilityrightsuk.org

Specific Health Conditions

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Alzheimer’s Society

Provides information and services for people affected by dementia in their communities; the website has an enormous number of resources.
>> www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Arthritis

There are several sources of information and support for people living with arthritis.
Arthritis Actionwww.arthritisaction.org.uk
Arthritis Care: www.arthritiscare.org.uk
Arthritis Research UK: www.arthritisresearchuk.org
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: www.nras.org.uk

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The British Heart Foundation

Provides helpful advice and guidance on preventing heart disease, how best to live with it, and how to administer first aid to someone with heart failure.
>> www.bhf.org.uk