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Our top tips and facts and figures can help you make decisions about choosing health and social care services.

We've also put together a list of organisations that give advice and information that can help you choose your care.

NHS Choices
NHS Choices provides a comprehensive health information service that puts you in control of your health care and its website helps you to make choices about your health – from decisions about your lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding and using NHS services in England.
The website is the best place to find government services and information.

Age UK
Age Concern and Help the Aged have combined to become Age UK, which provides information and advice to older people and their relatives.

Alzheimer's Society
This society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They use the personal experiences of health professionals or people with dementia themselves to help inform their work.

Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness offers advice, information and support to people affected by mental illness, their families, carers and friends.

The Patients Association
The Patients Association is an independent charity that works with the Government and a broad range of individuals and organisations to develop better, and more responsive, health services.

More organisations that can help you choose care

Your local voluntary services council and your local council will also have a list of organisations that can help, for example if you are from an ethnic-minority group.

Action on Elder Abuse
This organisation works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults.

British Deaf Association
The British Deaf Association is the largest organisation of Deaf people in the UK that is run by Deaf people. It is a high profile national charity with a local presence throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and it provides news, information and services for the Deaf and signing communities.

British Red Cross
The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they're recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.

CareAware is a non profit making public information and advisory service specialising in the issues relating to long term care for older people.

Carers UK
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends. They offer advice, information and support for carers.

Care Improvement Works
Care Improvement Works brings together a collection of guides, tools and resources organised under the five key questions we ask when we inspect care services. Set up to help providers of adult social care services, it's also a useful guide for understanding what makes good care.

Citizens Advice Bureau
This service helps people resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.

Counsel and Care
Counsel and Care is a national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
The DWP promotes opportunities and independence for all, helps individuals achieve their potential through employment and aims to end poverty in all its forms.

Department of Health
The Department of Health website offers health and social care policy information, and guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.

DIAL is national organisation for a network of approximately 120 local disability information and advice services. It provides the Disability Information and Advice Line, which is run by and for disabled people.

Disability Rights UK
RADAR is the UK's largest disability campaigning network and is led by people with lived experience of disability or health conditions.

FirstStop Care Advice
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. It is led by the charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) working in partnership with other national and local organisations.

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. They support people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The Mesothelioma Group supports people with mesothelioma, as well as providing information about the disease and its treatment.

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It campaigns to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all.

National Centre for Independent Living
The National Centre for Independent Living website provides resources on independent living, direct payments and individual budgets for disabled people and others working in the field who may find it useful.

Relatives & Residents Association
The R&RA is a national charity that supports older people in residential care and their family and friends. They provide people with guidance and information that can help them make confident and informed choices about their care.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
Action on Hearing Loss offers a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE is a charity that works to improve the lives of people using care services by sharing what works well in the sector. The institute publishes information about how to choose care services on its Find Me Good Care website.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers provides information, advice, discussion and support for carers.

Which? Birth Choice
Which? Birth Choice gives people information to help them decide where to give birth – whether that's a labour ward, birth centre or at home. There's an interactive 'Find and Compare' tool to help people find local services as well as information about every maternity unit in the UK.

Which? Elderly Care
Which? Elderly Care gives free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people across the UK.  This includes dealing with common concerns, options for housing and residential care and how these may be financed.

WRVS volunteers deliver personal and practical support to help older people and raise awareness of the issues older people face through their campaigns and research.


Last updated:
1 May 2015