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Help to prevent or reduce care needs

How we can help you to prevent or reduce your care and support needs.


Help and support across Sheffield

Sheffield's care and support services, events and activities.


Advice and information

When you contact us we will talk to you about the problems you are having and the issues you are facing, and how you can get care and support.

We will search for services that may prevent or reduce your needs for care and support.  Sometimes these will be services everyone can use, such as

  • good quality information and advice – from money and debt management, to learning, working and volunteering opportunities
  • help to keep you healthy, such as exercise classes, weight management
  • support to keep you safe in the community, such as personal care alarms
  • local support groups for health conditions like diabetes, cancer and depression
  • ways to reduce loneliness or isolation, such as befriending schemes, and community activities like walking groups and leisure activities
  • equipment providers who sell items to help with daily activities like getting around the home and getting out and about

We can also give you information about how equipment, adaptations and technology could help you around the home and keep you safe and independent, and how this can be arranged.

We will also ask about how you’re supported by your family and friends, in case they need advice on how to continue their caring role.


Short-term support

If you need short term help to regain or improve your independence, health and social care staff will talk to you about the care and support you can get to help you learn new ways to do things and live as independently as possible.

You may need this help because of an illness, after a fall, or as you’re leaving hospital.

We will agree with you the support you need, either to learn how to cope with an illness, injury or impairment, or to learn different ways to do everyday activities.

This can also involve learning to use new equipment or technology. We will agree a number of personal goals you want to achieve. Your goals could include

  • re-learning how to care for yourself at home. Supporting you to learn how to do essential everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, making a meal and taking your medication 
  • helping you to feel safer at home by using equipment or adaptations to your home, or fitting alarm and monitoring systems so you can call for help in an emergency
  • increasing your confidence to go out of your home and staying in contact with family, friends and community groups. This would include looking at local groups and activities you may want to join.

Often we will work with other services that support you, such as your doctor or district nurse. If you have health, housing or care and support needs we may need to share your information with other agencies.

We will always ask you first, unless we need to act quickly to protect you from harm.

This support can be up to a maximum of six weeks, although often people are helped to regain their independence in a much shorter time and don’t need any long term support.

There is no cost for help up to a maximum of 6 weeks, although there may be a cost for any equipment you buy or monitoring services installed in your home. 

You may be charged for any support provided after 6 weeks.

We will assess your needs if you still need more support.

If your assessment shows you have eligible long term care and support needs, we will help you plan the support you need. We will also carry out a financial assessment to work out how much you can afford to contribute towards your care costs.


Other types of support

There are many other ways you can get help and support. Some of these are free and available to everyone, and for others you may need an assessment, or have to buy the support yourself.

You can read more about some of these services in the links below.

Equipment and technology

Disabled Facilities Grant

Minor Works Grant for repairs

City Wide Care Alarms

Sharing Lives



Make a complaint about any service.


Contact us

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Information can be provided in alternative formats and other languages on request.


Download the factsheet

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Guide to independent living in Sheffield

We've put together a guide with information about providers in Sheffield that can help you stay independent.

  • Modified: Dec 1, 2016 2:29:39 PM