Look after your eyes you only get one pair!

Home care is an excellent service provided by agencies and local authorities for those who don’t want to go into residential care but need some help in their own home to maintain their independence. Major users of this service are the elderly.

The Care in the Community Act which became law in the early 1990’s stated that people who are finding it difficult to manage at home, through infirmity, illness or disability, should be given the help and support they need to allow them to continue to live in the community amongst their friends and relatives, for as long as they are willing or able to do so.


  • Carers
  • Home helps
  • Sleep-overs
  • Sitters
  • Qualified nurses


  • Conjunctivitis – bathe with warm water. Drops and ointments from your pharmacist can be used
  • Dry eye – use lubricating eye drops from your pharmacist, but if the condition continues, see your doctor
  • Stye – bathe with warm water using a separate piece of cotton wool each time you wipe the eye

Obtain as much literature as possible from various agencies and your local social services department. Check how long the provider has been serving the community. Make sure staff are experienced and, if home nursing is required, that they are qualified. Inquire about what costs will be involved and whether financial assistance is possible.


An experienced carer will be available on-call to attend any needs overnight.


Carers are usually available from 1 to 24 hours and will attend to the daily needs of the client. They are usually available to cook meals and do light domestic tasks.


Sitters can provide respite for those caring for elderly or sick relatives as well as providing companionship for those living on their own.


About 500,000 people in England and Wales have home care delivered by local authority social services departments. At present charges for home care depend on where you live – each authority sets its own charges. But from April 2001 a new national charging scheme is to be introduced.


There are agencies available who can provide qualified nurses to attend to the needs of patients in the comfort of their own home. Nurses who specialize in the care of patients suffering from cancer usually work together with the patient’s doctor or consultant, maintaining a high standard of care and treatment.