Looking after yourself

If you're elderly, vulnerable, have a disability, or you've been in hospital, you may not be able to look after yourself. Contact us for advice if you need help to carry out everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, or making your meals.

You can choose how to access the support you need. You can ask us to assess your needs to see if you qualify for help and financial support from us. Or, you can arrange and pay yourself for your personal care services.

Read more about having a social care assessment and what's involved.  

This online guide to home care (opens in a new window) has been produced by NICE and tells you what you should expect from a good service. This is the same whether we're providing the help, or you're arranging your own home care services. 

Getting help from us

If you qualify for help from us, we can either:

  • arrange and manage personal care services for you
  • offer you a direct payment. This can be made to you, a family member or an agreed third party. You can use it to arrange your own care. For example, you may want to employ your own personal assistant or buy support from a care agency.

Arrange your own personal care

If you don't qualify for help, or you prefer not to have an assessment, you can arrange your own support privately. You can do this through a private care agency and pay for it yourself.

You'll find details of care agencies and other support services in Barnsley, and how much they cost, on:

If you want to employ a personal assistant, check our Barnsley PA Finder for those registered with us.

If you pay for your care privately, contact your care agency or day services provider if you have any queries about paying your bill.

You can read more about services for older people in our eBook.

Help with meals

If you're unable to prepare or eat your meals yourself, we can do a social care assessment for your circumstances. This will help us to determine whether you qualify for some help at home.

You can also have nutritious meals delivered to your door by private providers, even if you need a special diet. Check our adult health and social care directory for a list of meal providers.

Community involvement

You may want to consider available services in your community. There could be a luncheon club, where you can get a meal, enjoy other people's company and join in social activities.

Contact us

If you can't find what you're looking for call us on (01226) 773300 for advice about what's available where you live, or fill in our enquiry form below.