Please use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or similar browser to access this website.

*There are technical difficulties with accessing certain functions via Internet Explorer *

West Sussex County Council Logo and link to the website
Accessibility StatementMy Account
Text size:
Home - Connect to Support

Accessing care and support at home

Care and support at home (sometimes called domiciliary care, home care or care at home) helps you stay independent by supporting you to manage many aspects of daily living including your personal care.

Domiciliary care services are provided by independent or voluntary organisations. We sometimes arrange these services, and they can prevent the need for residential or nursing care.

Help can vary from an hour a week to help several times a day, or a live-in service in your home. The pattern and type of service should be designed around your needs and preferences.

Care workers can also offer emotional support and encouragement.

Domiciliary care organisations providing personal care must be registered with the Care Quality Commission.

A health care worker supporting a woman using crutches to walk in her kitchen.
If you need someone to live in your home and provide care and support, there are care providers who offer this service.

If you receive a direct payment from the County Council, you can employ your own care worker (called a personal assistant or PA) or make arrangements directly with a care agency. This gives you more choice in who provides services to you.

More information is available from  Independent Lives and Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove.


How much will the care cost?

In general, personal care is likely to cost between £18 and £25 an hour, and live-in care from £600 a week. Standards and regulations are in place to make sure that care workers are capable, trustworthy and reliable.

If you are buying care privately, contact the providers direct to get more information on their charges. The booklet ‘Do I need to pay for social care in my home or local community?’ provides useful information – you can view a copy online or request a copy to be sent out to you.

Last updated: 07 January 2022