Caring for your family member at home
Many people live a long way from their hospital or care for their family member at home, so it’s important to be aware of local services in the community. For example, you might need help from a community nurse at home. These services support families as well as people who are ill, so make sure you ask for support if you need it.
You may also want to think about social care, and if you may need help from a care worker at home. Care workers can help with everyday care, including washing, dressing, or housework such as cooking, cleaning or shopping.
It can sometimes take time to organise care and support at home, so try to find out what is available in your area before you need it. Your family member’s GP can help you with this. Community services often provide access to practical support, such as equipment or transport to the hospital.