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Arranging paid care

Not sure what the best option is for you?  Contact Carers in Bedfordshire to discuss options.

Care in the Home

Carers can feel guilty about not providing all the care a person needs.  But by allowing a paid carer to take over a lot of the work will help you enjoy the time you spend together. It will also help reduce the strain on your physical and mental health.

The Bedfordshire & Luton Directory: Adult Care and Support Services provides full details of organisations providing paid care. You can get a paper copy from Carers in Bedfordshire Offices, Bedford Borough Council (01234 267 422) or Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8303)

Care Choices has written a Home Care Checklist with a list of questions you can ask when considering which company to use. 

Using Respite Care / Sitting Serivce

Another option is to use a sitting service.  This can provide you with a temporary break from caring for a couple of hours. This can sometimes be free.

Carers in Bedfordshire run a volunteer-led Dementia Sitting Service.  Contact them on 0300 111 1919 for more details

Age UK Bedfordshire runs a fee-based Carers Respite Service.  You can pay for it yourself or apply for a Needs/Carers Assessment.

There are a number of Good Neighbour Schemes throughout the county who offer a sitting service by a volunteer.  Ring Carers in Bedfordshire (0300 111 191) for details.

For those who have a life-limiting condition, a sitting service is organised by Hospice at Home & Respite at Home Volunteers.
If you live in Dunstable and Houghton Regis contact Hospice at Home Volunteers.
If you live in Ivel Valley & West Mid Beds contact Respite at Home Volunteers.

Paying for Care

This can either be done privately or through the local councils.  If you need support with costs then you need to contact the local councils for a Needs Assessment and Carers Assessment.

Bedford Borough CouncilNeeds Assessment - Carers Assessment
Central Bedfordshire CouncilNeeds Assessment and Carers Assessment

Age UK (0800 678 1602) has a number of booklets which can help you understand your options and how to pay for it:

Housing Options
Getting Help at Home
Care Homes
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments

Carers in BedfordshireAge UK Bedfordshire and the Disability Resource Centre can also offer information and advice.

Using Personal Health Budgets
Anne explains how she and her husband were able to use Personal Health Budgets to help with care in the home. To read more

NHS Continuing Health Care
This is when the NHS agrees to pay for nursing care either in the home or a care home. Read more at:
Age UK
Alzheimer's Society

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