The demand for a wide range of live-in care services is rising in Lancashire as older people and their relatives look for solutions to the dilemmas facing the ageing population in the region, according to a leading care home group.

The Caring Hands Group – with a network of offices across the North West including Preston and Lytham – highlights how the answer to many elderly people’s problems of care isn’t necessarily going into a care home.

Liz Walker, Director of Care at Caring Hands, said: “The many services on offer through live-in care can be tailored for the individual whether it’s just carrying out some household tasks, cleaning, shopping, cooking or garden maintenance.

“We are seeing a rise in enquiries for these services as relatives of elderly people realise there are options for their loved ones which means they can stay in their own homes longer with some support.

“There is still quite a lot of mystery surrounding care services and options. We want to provide advice, reassurance and clarity at every step of the way.”

Caring Hands recently launched its Retirement Solutions advice service which offers guidance in all matters of planning for elderly people and their relatives.

In Lancashire, there are 198,000 people over the age of 65, who account for 18 per cent of the county’s population living in the 12 local authority districts.

Caring Hands care services are delivered by a team of highly-trained qualified staff who are all put through the Caring Hands Training Academy to ensure the very highest standards of best practice.

The Caring Hands group, with offices in Preston, Lytham and Penwortham, provides the full range of domiciliary services across the North West including personal care, respite care, night care, live-in care and holiday care plus the option of a dedicated dementia service.