Care / Carers

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.

Care and support

Information from NHS Choices.

Caring for someone

Information from GOV.UK about carers for people with a disability.

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.

Carers Trust

The Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.  They provide the Babble website which is an online community for young carers.

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.

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.

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.


Care Choices

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

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.

Carers Register

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

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 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.


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

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

Homeshare International

Homeshare enables two unrelated people to share their lives for their mutual benefit. A homesharer provides support and companionship to a householder in exchange for free or low-cost accommodation. Homeshare is a flexible solution that can benefit many people with support or housing needs.


HomeTouch provides choice, transparency and control to families looking for care at an affordable price whilst ensuring carers earn a Living Wage. HomeTouch covers every London borough - as well as providing live in care nationwide.

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.

Hilary Cole
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Last Checked:
19 July 2012

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