Health and Wellbeing

What is adult social care?

Throughout our lives we like to stay independent, healthy and safe for as long as possible. But at some point it might get a little harder to cope. That might be due to age, a health condition, disability or change in home circumstance. Whatever the reason sometimes all it takes is a little help. It might be some simple home help, or meals on wheels, visits to your home if you’re lonely, transport, advice on money or assurance of feeling safe that would make a difference to your wellbeing. Or maybe you’re a carer, looking for some support or even just a break from caring.

Whatever it is adult social care information tells you about the different options available and how to get what you need to live independently in your own home.

The Adult Social Care service at Surrey County Council focuses its support on people with social care needs, within available resources, particularly:

  • residents with long-term and complex needs that affect their daily life;
  • people recovering from an accident or illness who need help to manage daily living tasks, or build confidence over a short period of time;
  • people recovering from a mental illness;
  • carers of all ages.

You can now use a quick online checklist to find out if you, or someone you care for, are likely to be eligible for adult social care support from Surrey County Council.

Try our quick and easy-to use online checklist. As well as providing you with information on the support you could access locally, the checklist will also tell you if it might be worth spending time to do a full support needs assessment.

If you think you are unlikely to qualify for support from us, visit our staying independent section which contains lots of information about services that could support you to stay at home for longer.

Please see our contact page for alternative ways to contact us.

Surrey Information Point is a valuable local directory that details a wide variety of care and support options available for residents. 

The directory contains nearly 4,000 services from small community groups that help people to stay independent safe and healthy in their localities, to charities and advice services that connect people to relevant support as well as more formal care such as residential homes and home care agencies. In addition to the directory, the site holds information pages about a range of health and social care topics and further links to helpful websites, films and resources.

Whether you are interested in personal health matters, or finding the right information for someone else, Healthy Surrey is your place to turn to.

You will also find out about campaigns and key information for Surrey residents to promote improved health and wellbeing for everyone.

Healthwatch Surrey is an independent champion that gives the people of Surrey a voice to improve, shape and get the best from health and social care services by empowering local people and communities.

Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid. If you look after someone, you can find out what support is available locally for carers at Surrey Information Point. If you’d prefer to talk to someone, then free, independent information, advice and support is available from the Action for Carers Surrey helpline and support advisors will be able to signpost you to the help you need. 

The role of the Family Information Service is to help families get the most out of the information and services available in the community and online. This could be something like helping you find out about local events and activities for your kids, or pointing you in the right direction when things aren't going so well and you need a bit of extra support.