Buying your own care services

How to arrange and buy your own care.

Assessing your care needs

If you know that you will have to pay the full cost of your care, you can arrange your own services.

Assessments ensure that you:

  • buy care that is appropriate for you
  • do not pay more than you need to.

If you pay for your care and support, you can still ask us for an assessment of your care needs. We will provide you with a list of contracted agencies that can provide personal and domestic help.

Checking the quality of care services

Find independent reports and quality ratings on local care homes, home care and other registered services. Checking these reports will help you make the right choice.

Get help and advice about buying care services

We strongly recommend you get independent financial advice about paying for care.

Age UK is an excellent source of guidance about arranging care services.

Which? has free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people.

Buying services

You will find a range of services in your area on Live Well Oxfordshire.

We can provide some information about: