Many of us want to live independently in our own home for as long as possible, but may be in a position where we need a little help. There are many options available depending on the type of help you need, from assistance with the garden and Meals on Wheels through to a live-in nursing carer. Organisations can help with equipment to support independence, from ramps and hoists to wheelchairs and beds. Home care agencies provide carers who specialise in supporting specific needs such as assisting with day to day living tasks, caring for someone with dementia or the provision of palliative care. Whether you are looking for respite care for a week or longer term nursing care, it is vital to consider your care options and your current and future care needs carefully.