Help to live at home

In Sefton, many elderly or disabled people wish to remain living at home to achieve maximum independence for as long as possible.

Listed below is information about different services that can help you remain at home.


Mental health difficulties are common. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or worried. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. It is estimated that as many as one in four of us may experience significant mental health difficulties in our lifetime. We are all very likely to know someone who experiences such difficulties. Because of this, mental health is everyone’s business.

Maintaining Good Mental Health

Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems. Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty

Mental health conditions range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of mental disorder, while a much smaller number of people can develop serious conditions such as psychoses. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can recover from them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.

Organic forms of mental disorder such as dementia become increasingly common as we get older.

You can help keep yourself in good mental health by:

  • talking about your feelings
  • keeping active
  • eating well
  • drinking sensibly
  • keeping in touch with friends and loved ones
  • asking for help when you need it
  • taking a break
  • doing something you’re good at and enjoy
  • accepting who you are
  • caring for others
  • thinking positively

Primary care mental health services in Sefton are provided by South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sefton Council and a range of voluntary services within a multi agency public health partnership. Specialist mental health services for people with more complex problems are provided jointly by Mersey Care NHS Trust and Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care Department, in collaboration with a number of voluntary and private sector organisations.

Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care Department has seconded its adult mental health social care staff to Mersey Care NHS Trust and many of their community based adult mental health services in the borough are provided under a Partnership Agreement between the two organisations.

A Sefton Mental Health Services Directory has been produced, see link below.

You can also find details of organisations to keep you active, healthy and well in The Sefton Directory.

The purpose of the self-assessment is to enable local strategy groups to review their progress and support future planning with partners including people with autism and their families. The self-assessment includes the priorities set out in the Think Autism update to the Strategy published in 2014 and the emerging themes that feature in the statutory guidance for Local Authorities and the NHS, that is currently out for consultation. This process is also a key means of identifying progress in the implementation of the Strategy across the country. Whilst it is important that the focus of implementation of the autism strategy is at a local level, the Government has a duty to monitor progress towards implementation of strategy goals and the information you provide will be analysed by the Public Health England learning disabilities observatory and will help in this process.

 The aim of reablement is to help people to remain living at home, prevent hospital admissions or re-admissions and when appropropriate to reduce long-term care needed.

It is an intensive short term programme.

Reablement encourages people who have lost their skills for daily living, to build up their confidence to be as independent as possible within their own homes.

This service is provided by New Directions.

The contact number is : 0151 934 4582

What is reablement?

Reablement is a service provided to support and encourage people who have lost their skills for daily living, to build up their confidence to be as independent as possible within their own homes and in the community. The reablement team will work closely with you, together identifying your individual needs and look at what you are able to do.

The aim is that by the end of the support from the reablement team you will have achieved, or be well on the way to achieving, as much independence as possible.

Reviews will be held on a weekly basis to assess your progress, agree new goals and review the level of support you require from the service.

It is an intensive short term programme for which there is no charge applied. However, if further care services are required, charges may apply and a financial assessment will be carried out.

Who is the reablement service for?

The service will work with you to help you to do things for yourself rather than do things for you. In addition you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over
  • Living within the geographical area of Sefton
  • Medically fit for hospital discharge
  • Willing and able to participate in a programme of reablement

All referrals to the reablement service will, initially, be made through the adult social care process, which will
determine whether you meet the selection criteria.

The service will support you in your own home and the local community to:

  • Support you to re-gain skills and confidence to help you manage at home as independently as possible.
  • Help avoid unnecessary admission to hospital or long term care packages
  • Provide you with information in relation to other services that can support you to live more independently at home

Last Updated on 09 December 2016