Later Life Care is brought to you by Which?
Our aim is to provide you with independent, clear and well-informed information on the subject of care in later life together with access to local service providers around the UK.
The information on the site is aimed at families and friends of people in need of care advice. We are aware, too, that it might be you who is looking for information to help your own care needs, but for the sake of simplicity we refer to ‘you and your relative’ throughout the site.
Our advice is aimed at everyone in the UK, but where information is different for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales we have flagged this up at relevant points.
This site is part of Which's? mission
Which? is the largest consumer organisation in Europe with over 800,000 members. We operate as an independent, a-political, social enterprise working for all consumers and funded solely by our commercial ventures. We receive no government money, public donations, or other fundraising income. Which?’s mission is to make individuals as powerful as the organisations they have to deal with in their daily lives, by empowering them to make informed decisions and by campaigning to make people’s lives fairer, simpler and safer.
Contacting Which? Later Life Care
If you have any queries relating to this site, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we don't give individual advice on care options.
For healthcare professionals, we also have a form to fill in should you want to receive leaflets about the site to share with colleagues, patients and clients and their families.
Who else has been involved?
We work closely with external experts across a broad spectrum of subject areas to ensure our information remains up to date.
Jonathan Blood Smyth wrote our article about choosing a physiotherapist. Jonathan is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapist in the UK. He has extensive NHS experience and was head of department in a large NHS hospital in the south west of England. Jonathan is a director at Local Physio and writes on physiotherapy health related issues. You can read more of his articles by visiting Physiotherapy Health Topics A-Z.
Kirstie Dalrymple is an experienced and highly respected occupational therapist specialising in housing adaptations and assistive technology and is an experienced trainer and consultant. She runs her own company and works with individuals and organisations to support independent living and minimise environmental difficulties that may prevent people with life-changing medical conditions or disabilities from living life to their full potential. She is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Which? to help promote best practice and better inform people to make their own choices.
Rekha Elawarapu, M.Stud (Cambridge), Ph.D., MHM is a senior policy adviser and project manager specialising in older people, nutrition, dignity and privacy, end of life, long-term conditions, user voice and age discrimination with significant experience of government liaison. She also has significant experience of the voluntary sector as a trustee of various charities.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) is a UK charity which has been helping older people to make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs for over 30 years.
FirstStop specialises in providing free expert advice to older people and their families on a range of matters relating to housing, care and associated finances.
Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit consumer-facing organisation whose primary objective is linking individuals and their families with specialist financial advisers who have achieved the Later Life Adviser Accreditation. These advisers specialise in the financial needs of older people.
Anne Wadey is an independent consultant and trainer in bereavement issues, bringing together an understanding of the bereavement journey with the practical tasks faced by bereaved people. She has worked in this area in the NHS and the commercial sector and has contributed to many government and charity documents as well as websites for bereaved people.
Maggie Winchcombe has been a practising registered occupational therapist for over 30 years. She advises businesses and organisations about how they could improve their services to older consumers and offers training about ageing and ageing well through Years Ahead.
The OT Practice is a leading independent occupational therapy consultancy with a nationwide network of high-quality therapists to the private and commercial sectors. They work with people, whose lives are made difficult through ill health or disability, helping them to achieve the independence they need to live their life to the full.
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the national professional association for organisations providing care to people in their own homes, representing over 2,000 members across the United Kingdom. Our mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their community.
In addition, we are grateful to all the contributors who have given us the benefit of their experiences in the real life stories that we feature on the website.
Which? is not a provider of, nor adviser on, any type of health care or its funding. No information or opinions on the Which? Later Life Care website are provided by way of health care advice or financial advice and are in no way intended to replace advice from a suitably qualified health care professional or independent financial adviser (as the case may be).
While every care has been taken in researching the information included on this website, no responsibility can be accepted for any inaccuracy or omission, or for any of the information being out of date.
A care provider or funding options should not be chosen based solely on the information on this website. No responsibility is accepted for any loss resulting from reliance on the information contained within this website.
The site is aimed at users looking to make care choices in the UK. It contains information that isn’t relevant for users outside the UK.
Which? is not responsible for the content of external websites and we do not review or vet the contents of any websites linked to from this site.