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Adult social care

Are you or a loved one in Plymouth in need of adult social care support?

Adult social care refers to a range of services and support options designed to help adults aged 18 and over who, due to illness, disability, frailty, or mental health needs, require assistance to live their daily lives safely and independently for as long as possible. 

Within this section, you'll find information on how to get the support you are entitled to and how to live life to the fullest.

The Care Act 

The Care Act, a piece of legislation enacted by the UK government in 2014, outlines the legal framework for adult social care in England, including Plymouth. It establishes the rights of individuals to receive support and assistance to meet their care needs, regardless of their age or circumstances. Find out more about the Care Act on the GOV.UK or the Social Care Institute for Excellence websites.

Remember, if you are struggling, you are not alone. There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives.


Your social care needs and eligibility

Navigating the world of adult social care can feel overwhelming. Whether you're an older adult considering your future needs or a family member concerned about an elderly relative's well-being, we're here to help you.

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Requesting support and self-assessments

Self-assessments help you identify the areas where you might be eligible for social care and support. At the end of the form, you have the option of making a referral and requesting a formal assessment. You can complete the form for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

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Paying for your care and finances

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay towards the cost of your care and support. As a general rule, if you have more than £23,250 in savings and investments, you will have to pay the full cost of your care.

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Help in your home and being independent

Are you or a loved one in Plymouth looking for ways to maintain your independence and receive assistance at home? This section explores and explains the various services and resources available within the city to help you live comfortably and confidently in your own surroundings.

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Support for carers and advocacy

Are you caring for a loved one in Plymouth and seeking support and advocacy resources? Taking care of a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging.

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Care homes and nursing homes

Considering a care home for yourself or a loved one can be a significant decision. Within this section, you'll find information about care homes and nursing homes, all aimed at promoting a sense of dignity and allowing you to live life to the fullest.

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Attending and leaving hospital

A hospital stay can be a stressful experience, especially if you're unsure of what to expect.

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End-of-life and palliative care

As we age, staying independent and living comfortably in our own homes becomes increasingly important. However, life-limiting illnesses can present challenges that make daily living difficult.

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Plymouth social care contact details

Find out who to contact for social care help in Plymouth during or outside of normal office hours.

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