Gloucestershire Care and Support Guide for 2020

The above guide has been published by Care Choices in association with Gloucestershire County Council. It gives readers information on how to live well for longer, independently, and in their own home. It also explains how to access a wide range of services that are available for people who need extra care or support, whether that’s in their own home or in a care home, if that’s the right option for them.

Research in Gloucestershire shows the majority of people want to stay in their own home for as long as possible, so Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging residents to find out how to maintain their independence and what solutions could work for them when they need extra support.

The Gloucestershire Care and Support Guide and website include:

  • Help to be healthy, active, and independent: maintaining a healthy lifestyle, contacts for community groups and activities, help with transport, information on learning and volunteering opportunities, and suggestions for home equipment and adaptations that can help make life a little easier.
  • Help when you need it: where to start if you need care and support, housing options, paying for care, and advice for people considering care and support.
  • Choosing care and support: comprehensive listings of all registered home and residential care services in Gloucestershire, plus checklists to help ask the right questions when choosing a care service.

The updated guide is available to download, view, or listen to online at

Free copies of this guide are available throughout Gloucestershire from Gloucestershire Carers Hub, hospitals, libraries, GP surgeries, Age UK, and Alzheimer’s Society. You can also order a hard copy of the guide from the Adult Social Care Helpdesk at Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 426868 or email

The guide is also available on the Your Circle website where you can find information to help you find your way around care and support and connect with people, places, and activities in Gloucestershire. Visit

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the guide’s publisher, Care Choices, says “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short- or long-term care in Gloucestershire and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them. The Gloucestershire Care and Support Guide has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

Cllr Kathy Williams, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, says “We want residents to be able to make informed choices when they need extra support, and this guide explains the wide range of options that are available before people start thinking about care services and how to pay for them. If home or residential care is still the best option, then this guide has all the information you need to get started to find the right provider for you.”

Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.