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Many self help and patient support groups provide information and help for carers and those needing care, eg older people. The following are more general resources for those caring for someone, or for those in need of care.

See also the Patient UK information and links relating to benefits, grants and financial help.

Main umbrella organisations and websites

Carers UK

Carers UK is the voice of carers and a leading campaigning, policy and information organisation for carers.

Care Information Scotland

Care Information Scotland is a telephone and website service providing information about care services for older people living in Scotland.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the heath and social care regulator for England. Part of their work is to award annual performance ratings for NHS trusts and care homes. On their website you can see how NHS trusts and care homes compare against each other in the areas that they are measured in.


Information from Department of Health.

Carers Direct

Information, advice and support for carers from NHS Choices website - the government's patient information portal.

Caring with Confidence

Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal. The Caring with Confidence programme gives carers a better understanding of the problems they face and helps them find new ways to tackle them.

Caring for someone

Information from Directgov, the UK government's digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services, bringing them all together in one place.

Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care is a leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for in England and Wales, helping carers make a life of their own outside caring.

Crossroads Caring Scotland

A national organisation dedicated to the provision of short breaks for carers within their own homes Crossroads helps by taking over the caring responsibilities for a short period allowing the carer to take time to themselves.

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers exists to make it easier for carers to cope by providing information, support and practical help to carers. The national network of over 100 independently-managed Carers Centres across the UK currently reaches well over 100,000 carers a year.

Thinking about a care home?

A guide to what you need to know about finding the right care home from the Welsh Government.

United Kingdom Homecare Association

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care, which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators.

Who cares? Information and Support for the Carers of People with Dementia

Department of Health policy and guidance for carers which gives information about dementia, caring for someone with dementia, and the help available to carers.


YCNet is a website and online support service for young people aged 18 and under in the UK, who help to look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health condition.

Other organisations dealing with caring issues



A non profit making public information, advisory and advocacy service specialising in elderly care funding advice in the UK.

Care Directions

Provides a guide to care and the rights of older people.

Choosing Carefully

A simple and informative guide for older people that outlines the choice of care options open to them.

National Careline

A not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people,their carers and their families. It aims to fill the information and advice gap for older people and their relatives who are seeking to find their way through the care maze.


FirstStop Advice is an independent, free service offering advice and information for older people, their families and carers about housing and care options in later life.


Provides detailed information, help and advice for the care of the elderly and adults with learning difficulties.

Healthcare Fee Solutions

Provide assistance in recovering care home, residential and nursing fees that have already been unfairly paid. Many people have already paid care fees for themselves or a relative, unaware that they are eligible for NHS Continuing Care funding.


A-Z Care Homes Guide

A Care Home resource for the UK, featuring a comprehensive and detailed database of UK care homes and providers, as well as suppliers, authorities & associations to the UK care industry.

Care Choices

A leading publisher of care information and produces many of the official care directories for local authorities and councils.

Care Homes Directory

Has an extensive database of nursing homes and nursing agencies in the UK and provides information and advice on care.

Care Homes Today

A free advice and information directory aimed at helping people across the UK find the best residential and nursing homes to suit either their or their loved ones' needs.

Care Homes Guide Ltd

An informative, easy to use website for people searching for care homes,retirement properties, care products.

Carers Register

Provides a new easy-to-use online service for finding local carers throughout the UK for elderly and disability home care. 

Compare Care Homes

Compare Care Homes is a free to use online care home comparison tool that covers over 24,000 care homes in the United Kingdom.

Key Care Solutions

Key Care Solutions is the leading "real time" care home reference guide to over 22,000 care homes and adult day centres across Ireland and the UK. This website is unique in that it only displays care homes which have current room vacancies.

Nursing Homes Directory

Directory of nursing homes, care homes and care agencies with enhanced listings, links, maps and contact information.

Nursing Homes Registry

Provides the public with online access to details on a range of registered nursing, rest, retirement, warden assisted, respite, convalescent, elderley and special care homes in the UK.

Trusted Care

Trusted Care is a comprehensive directory of checked, registered and reviewed residential care homes, nursing homes and home care providers in the UK.

A website that helps you find the care home that's right for you. Whether you are looking for residential, nursing, dementia or respite care homes, they offer help, direction, information and support.

Housing and Support


A national charity providing housing with support to older people.

Anchor Trust

England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the over-55s.

Carers Little Helper

Provides an automated, scheduled voice message reminder from a family member/carer to an elderly person reminding them to do something, eg take their tablets, get ready for an event, let them know you've returned from holiday, etc.

Carers Christian Fellowship

The Carers Christian Fellowship aims to offer a link and support for Christians who are caring in some way for a relative, friend or neighbour.


Cause is a charity in Northern Ireland directed and staffed by past and present carers, providing practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with serious mental illness.

Helping Hands Live-in Care

Enables those who wish to remain within the familiarity and comfort of home, the opportunity to do so by providing live-in carem covering respite care, elderly care, personal care, companionship and housekeeping, balancing independent living with bespoke care needs

Home Calls

Home Calls provides a daily telephone check, to ensure that older members of our community are safe and well whilst living in their own homes.


Homeshare in the UK was originally set up to support older people who wanted to remain independent in their own homes. Householders provide free accommodation to a homesharer in exchange for ten hours of help each week.


MHA is a charity providing care homes, accommodation and support services for older people throughout Britain.

Mental Health: Ethnic Minority Carers' Experiences

Patient experience from Healthtalkonline.

Next of Kin

A company providing a service to individuals so that next of kin can be contacted in cases of emergency.

St Vincent de Paul Society

A registered charity run by volunteers whose main work is to befriend and assist individuals and families in need on a person-to-person basis, through visits to domestic residences, care homes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions.

Sue Ryder Care

A registered charity providing care to people living with complex long-term and end of life conditions through their homecare, hospice and residential care services.

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