Carers can help you with tasks that you're struggling to manage on your own, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, dressing or shopping.
Care at home in Suffolk is usually arranged either privately by individuals and their families, or through financial support from Suffolk County Council.
The type of care you receive depends on the support you need and your financial situation.
You may be eligible for payment from the council towards your care if your savings and capital (excluding the value of your home) are under £23,250.
If you are eligible for support from the council, you may still have to contribute towards your care costs.
Other care options
Home Care providers
Care and support provided in your home.
Choose from all home care providers in Suffolk (Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, East Suffolk and West Suffolk).
Employing someone to live with you
If you need 24-hour care, there are care agencies which can give more information on how to employ a carer who lives in your own home.
You'll need to have a financial assessment and a chat with us to see if this is the best option.
If you need more support than can be provided in your own home, retirement villages may be a good option.
They're also known as retirement complexes or retirement properties. They're designed for people who require more help but want to stay as independent as possible.
You can arrange to live in a retirement village privately.
There are different types of sheltered housing available. Some will have a warden on site. Others will have a warden living in the area. All will have 24-hour emergency help with an alarm system.
There are waiting lists for this type of housing. It's best to contact the housing provider direct to understand how long this is and what support they provide.
You can find local supported housing schemes on Suffolk InfoLink
Self-assess your needs
Not sure what care option may be best for you?
Take our self-assessment to find out about:
- what care or support needs you have
- equipment and services that could help you stay at home for longer
- community groups, clubs and activities to help maintain your health and independence
- whether you're eligible for financial support from the council towards any care costs
- how to request social care support if you need it