It is usually sourced through the Local Authority Social Services, however, in the current economic climate, many people who need a little help are finding it increasingly difficult to get it.
This is because many authorities are not able to find the extra funding required to keep up with the growing need for care. It means that those whose care is assessed as ‘low level’ often find that their services are limited or non-existent until they need of a higher level of care and support.
If you are a carer, you may be able to get assistance with caring for the person you're looking after. This could be from carers employed by the local authority or those engaged by the person you're caring for. There is no standard charging rate for domiciliary care and each Local Authority can set their own charging procedures, but in doing so, they must take account of the guidance under the 'Fairer Charging Policies' issued by the Department of Health.
Equipment and facilities that can be installed in the home are also available and can help the person being looked after to be more independent. You can access to this equipment through social services by getting a community care assessment for the person you're looking after; (or an assessment under the Children Act, if the person you're looking after is a child). The Local Authority's website usually provides details on any sources of support such as adaptations, Disabled Facilities Grants and how to get a parking bay outside your home.
The value of the home is disregarded in domicilary care but all other assets may be included and following the Section 47 assessment, those who have been assessed as needing care from Social Services can either have it arranged through Social Services or people can opt to arrange their care themselves using funds allocated in their personal budget to pay for the care of their choice.
There are various local private nursing and care agencies who specialise in home care packages to suit individual needs. These agencies are regulated by law and have to meet standards laid down by the Care Standards Act. Increasing numbers of those assessed as 'low level' are turning to the private sector to obtain their care upon finding they are ineligible for council supported care.
Follow this link to a list CQC registered homecare agencies http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/practicalsupport/Pages/Careathome.aspx