Source: Department for Health and Social Care
Updated 8 December 2021
Social care affects over ten million people in England at any one time. This includes people who receive care, people who work in social care, and unpaid carers.
While some people need to access care and support throughout their lifetime, others have needs that develop suddenly due to illness or disability. Other people's needs may change gradually over time, for example, as we age.
Social care is there to help you live the life you want to, as independently as possible. There are a range of care and support options for you to consider.
What type of care can I receive?
The type of social care support you may need will depend on your personal circumstances. Types of social care and support could include: