Know your choices - plan your support

Ten tips to help older people with high support needs make informed choices and plan their support.

Older people who need support are often offered a very narrow range of choices, and are rarely given good information about the many possibilities. This leaflet is about a range of options that care professionals may know little about. These options:

  • rely on older people’s contribution – they are based on positive mutual relationships (relationships that are important to both people, and make a positive difference in their lives);
  • may be informal 
  • are often set up by older people themselves.

The leaflet is linked to a report about widening choices for older people with high support needs and practical guidance for commissioners of older people’s services.

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