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Support in your own home

If you need help and support around the home, home care can be a viable option.

For many people it is important to stay in their own home, with familiar surroundings near to friends and family and at the same time, retaining their independence. However as we get older we may need some support and assistance.

What kind of support is available?

  •  Getting in and out of bed.
  •  Bathing and washing.
  •  Cooking meals.
  •  Housework.


The amount of home care needed can be tailored to suit your Care Act assessed needs – from a visit once a day to a much greater amount of help.

  •  Long-term 24-hour care.
  •  Short breaks for an unpaid family carer.

To see a list of home care providers in the Bradford district, visit our listings  here

Bradford Enablement Support Team (B.E.S.T)

The Bradford Enablement Support Team (B.E.S.T.) provides short term support to people who cannot care for themselves easily because they are ill or disabled. The aim is to help you maintain your independence and stay in your own home.

The service is tailored to meet your needs and works with you to set achievable goals to maximise your independence and lasts for up to six weeks and can be planned to meet your support needs 24 hours a day.

An action plan will be created and you’ll be supported to reach these goals. The B.E.S.T. plus service supports individuals to achieve therapy goals that are set and monitored by therapists.

Who is this for?

  •  Older people.
  •  People with physical disabilities.
  •  People with sensory loss including difficulty with sight and hearing.
  •  People with mental health problems.
  •  People with learning difficulties.

When is the service available?

The B.E.S.T. service works 24 hours a day. We will do our best to meet the times you would like us to provide home care, but due to the high demands on the service this is not always possible.

Is there a charge?

The B.E.S.T. service is free for up to the first six weeks. If you receive support from the B.E.S.T. service for more than six weeks, you will be required to pay for the service. The charge for the service will be based on your financial circumstances which will be assessed to determine what you will pay.

For more information on Bradford Enablement Support Team, contact Bradford Metropolitan District Council Adult Services Access Point on 01274 435400.


What is Telecare?

Telecare offers a continuous, automatic, remote monitoring of users by using sensors to enable them to live in their own home, while limiting their exposure to emergencies.

Telecare provides peace of mind for people who are having problems with:

  •  Falls.
  •  Fire.
  •  Forgetfulness.
  •  Bogus callers.
  •  Medication.

How does Telecare work?

Safe and Sound is the Community Alarm System operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Your home can easily be connected to Safe & Sound where calls are monitored 24 hours a day including weekends and all bank holidays.

The equipment supplied by Bradford Council plugs into a socket in your home and a telephone point. These need to be located close together.

At the safe and sound control centre information you provide is held securely and is instantly available so action can be taken in an emergency. When you contact the centre, the operator will know your name, address, GP, next of kin and key holder information.

Safe and sound has mobile staff who operate throughout the Bradford District. Staff have training in first aid, moving and handling techniques and can and provide a back up to your named contacts and can help in a simple emergency, but are not able to perform ‘care tasks’.

Where there is an assessed need we can also provide you with additional equipment such as a medication dispenser, property exit sensor and epilepsy sensor. Some of this equipment will connect via the alarm unit to keep you safe in your own home.

Safe and Sound equipment is easy to use:

  •  A press of a button you are in touch with Telecare.
  •  Information supplied by you and stored on our system will be highlighted automatically.
  •  Operators can speak to you through the safe and sound unit.
  •  All calls are monitored and recorded for your safety and security.

You can contact Bradford Metropolitan District Council  for an assessment for an alarm unit or a no-obligation demonstration on 01274 434994.

Care in your own home

Independent home care providers

Home care providers concentrate on providing quality care for individuals in their own home.

People who benefit:

  •  Older people.
  •  People living with dementia.
  •  People living with physical disabilities.
  •  People with sensory impairment.
  •  Adults with learning difficulties.
  •  People living with a mental illness.

The support they provide is usually flexible home support which is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individuals.

Home care providers are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and they ensure their employees have an enhanced DBS check if they are coming into contact and working with vulnerable adults or children.

The moving and handling of people is a regular task in home care, which if not done safely, can cause serious injury to individuals and staff, always ask if the staff are trained in the use of hoists if they are required.

Daily care/domestic support

Companies offering domestic care support services designed around the individual, which are both affordable and economically viable will work closely with you and your loved ones to ensure the personal care and domestic support they provide are just suitable for you.

Help can include:

  •  Help with getting up in the morning.
  •  Assisting with clothing selection.
  •  Bathing and washing.
  •  Shaving, hair care and nail care.
  •  Prompting medication.
  •  Settling in for the evening.
  •  Shopping.
  •  Preparing and cooking meals.
  •  Cleaning and tidying the home.
  •  Accompanying and helping organise days   
     out, meeting friends and family, hospital
     and medical appointments.
  •  Carers should be fully trained or be in
     ongoing training.
  •  You will have a care plan drawn up by the
     care providers, which the carers will work
  •  Respite for main carer.


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