We will all, at some time in our lives need some help to stay independent, safe and well in our homes. Some people will require just a little support such as help with cleaning, preparing a meal, or help with shopping. Others will require more support such as help with personal care (including help with washing and dressing, getting in and out of bed, help with taking medication).
There are a wide range of organisations offering services to help you or the person you care for maintain their independence at home.
Handyperson and gardening services
A Handyperson from a registered service will come into your home and carry out odd jobs, small repairs and is able to fit any equipment you have purchased. If you are no longer able to get out into the garden, there are services in Sheffield that will come and help to keep your garden tidy.
Equipment and adaptations
It is easy to make small changes to your home, like adding handrails, which can make it easier for you to move around.
Equipment such as bath seats, commodes, handrails and bedrails are easy to borrow, hire or buy and your doctor may be able to provide some items for free.
There are a range of local specialist shops throughout Sheffield which sell and rent equipment. We have a product showroom on this site which you can browse and buy equipment to help you in the home.
If you are recovering from an operation you might only need some equipment for a short period of time. The British Red Cross will loan you equipment such as wheelchairs and commodes (for up to 4 weeks) for only a small donation, alternatively you can also loan a wheelchair for the day from Shopmobility Sheffield.
Care alarms and alerts give you the reassurance in your own home that round the clock support is only the click of a button away. A care alarm is an alarm that you wear that gives you instant access to help via a call-monitoring centre. Alert services are also available to remind you to take medication and to attend appointments. These services can provide real peace of mind for you, your friends and relatives.
City Wide Care Alarms help people to remain safe, secure and independent in their own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
AskSARA gives you practical advice and tips on daily living, for example, how to get in and out of a bath safely, getting in and out of bed, how to manage your medicines and prevent falls.
The website has self-assessment tools to help you get the right advice and equipment for your needs.
Meal deliveries and lunch clubs
There are several meal delivery services and a host of local lunch clubs available in the city, if you need support to prepare or cook a meal. Some of the lunch clubs can provide transport to and from the club and many of them also provide social activities.
The Home Library Service
Do you enjoy reading but have problems accessing your local library – then why not let the library come to you!
The Home Library Service offers a selection of books (including large print), talking books, dvds, music cds and jigsaws, all delivered free to your home.
Call our friendly staff on 0114 2734277 or email for more information. To discover more about libraries, visit their website.
There are home care agencies which offer services including cleaning, shopping, personal care, preparing meals, gardening, sitting services, accompanying you to appointments and social activities, support with paying bills and dealing with correspondence. There are also individuals who provide homecare services or cleaning services if that is all the help that you need
Support with getting out and about
There is a wide range of support that you can access to help you get out and about in your local community and in the city. This ranges from community transport providers, discount travel to support from Access Ambassadors and Health Trainers who will escort you to appointments, wellbeing or social activities and help you gain the confidence to go out on your own.
Many people feel socially isolated or lonely. Loneliness and isolation can happen at any age and can often be triggered by a big life change such as bereavement, divorce or separation, losing a job and retirement. There are a whole host of clubs and groups you can join in the city which you can find out about in our things to do section.
Organisations which can support you
If you feel you need some support to help arrange your care and support you will find a list of local advice centres and local specialist information and advice providers who will support you, these include Age UK (for aged 65+ ), Mind (for mental health), Mencap (for learning disabilities), Carers Centre (for carers) and Disability Sheffield (for all disabilities and long term health conditions).
Paying for services
Many services, clubs and activities are free to join and use, however, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of a number of services. To find out more about how to pay for your services see paying for your care.
Choosing a good service
Recognised providers meet standards for good quality care.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Care providers must be registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can read the CQC rating and inspection reports for every registered care provider on this website.
Care Opinion - what local people think about health and care services in Sheffield.
People can rate and review services on this directory, these can help you to choose a good service.