Short term services
Short term services exist to support you to regain your independence. They are often referred to as intermediate care or reablement and might be needed following a period of illness, a stay in hospital, or an event which has made you less able to get by in your day to day life.
A professional working with you will determine which type of short term service is appropriate for you. Read more about what short term services (pdf format, 139Kb).
The following short term services are available:
Home assessment and reablement
Short term services exist to support you to regain your independence. They are often referred to as intermediate care or reablement and might be needed following a period of illness, a stay in hospital, or an event which has made you less able to get by in your day to day life. A professional working with you will determine which type of short term service is appropriate for you.
Urgent response and Telecare service
Countywide service providing urgent response to social and healthcare crises in the community.
What if I need longer term help?
To find out what type of longer term care or support you require, we must complete an assessment to confirm whether you have eligible needs (whether you are entitled to help from the council).
This involves talking with you, your carer if you have one, and other people who know about the different aspects of your life such as your physical health, your emotional health, how you manage to look after yourself, and your current family and support networks. It is an opportunity for you to tell us what could make things easier for you.
This will be followed by a financial assessment to determine if you need to make a contribution towards the care you receive.
A range of care agencies exist in Oxfordshire that can provide you with help and support at home.
If you wish to, you can arrange your care directly from an agency. The Care Quality Commission keeps a database of care agencies complete with its own inspection ratings. You can search its directory of reports on care services.
If you ask the council to arrange your care from an agency, the council's Standards for Home Support Services (pdf format, 455Kb) set out what you should expect.
Personal assistants carry out a wide range of tasks, for example, they can help you to get dressed, cook, or support you in other ways.
Day centre services
Oxfordshire County Council day centres have special baths with hoists, and offer hairdressing, podiatry and therapies. For some services you may need to be assessed for eligibility.
Podiatry is available from centres across the county, dependent on the seriousness of the condition.
Free for diabetes sufferers, people with ingrown toenails or foot problems caused by anomalies in walking. Contact your GP or the head office at St Barnabus Clinic:
Tel: 01865 311 312
Sole mates service
A nail cutting and foot care service is carried out by trained volunteers from Age UK Oxfordshire. There is a charge for the service.
This service is for older people who are unable to cut their own nails through reasons of frailty and difficulty bending, poor eyesight or problems with dexterity.
More information and advice
There are a range of resources available to help you take control of your own care. To find other local services near to you visit our Live Well Oxfordshire directory.