What help can I get near me?

There are many organisations than can help us in providing care and support for older and vulnerable people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

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There are many organisations than can help us in providing care and support for older and vulnerable people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

A good starting point is your Local Authority who can help give you sound advice on local services and also direct you to those organisations and people who can give you the specific help you may need:

Oxfordshire County Council

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Local Authorities

Berkshire Local Authorities

See also our article ‘What financial help can I get for my care and support?’

CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Grouup) & NHS

As explained in our article ‘How much free help can you get from the NHS?’ your local CCG and GP can provide invaluable support to older people seeking to live independently at home.

We find Age UK an excellent source of free advice and information at both national and local level.

Healthwatch is a good Ratings Service for local Health services where users can give and review ratings for local hospitals, doctors, dentists etc.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists and services in our homes are meeting national standards. They do this by making inspections and publishing their findings which can be of value when comparing different providers. Unlike traditional domiciliary care organisations, TrustonTap is defined as an introductory agency by CQC, and does not need to register in the same way.

Citizens Advice is an excellent source of advice and support across a wide variety of topics.  They have significant resources online but also offer confidential advice on the phone and in person for free. They pride themselves on being impartial and independent.

There are a number of wonderful local and national Carer Support Organisations that provide support to unpaid carers who look after older and vulnerable individuals. (See also our article ‘ What help is there for Unpaid Carers? ) These organisations can provide advice on getting a carer’s assessment, respite care and benefits that are available

For many individuals and their relatives, there are Patient support groups who can provide specific help in relation to particular conditions

Dementia and Mental Health

Cancer

End of Life

Parkinsons

Stroke support