Hampshire has a large population of older people that is continuing to grow as people are living longer. As a result the elderly care services in the county are more important than ever, but can be difficult to navigate at times – whether that be knowing which organisation to contact or where to find the best specialist advice.
On this page, Age Space has compiled all the information you’ll need to understand the elderly care services available to you from the NHS, Hampshire County Council and other providers in Hampshire.
NHS Services for the Elderly in Hampshire
In Hampshire, the provision of healthcare is the primary responsibility of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS). ICSs are in place across the country to oversee all of the health and care organisations within their county or area. They work to ensure that the planning and delivery of local services are the best that they can be.
Services that the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Integrated Care System oversees include:
- GP Practices
- Hospital Services
- Mental Health Services
- Urgent and Emergency Care
- Community Care
Hampshire's Major Hospitals
There are five major hospitals in Hampshire, which all have A&E departments and extended facilities.
The county also has the following hospitals that offer inpatient services and outpatient appointment services. Click on your local hospital for more details on exactly what care and treatment is provided, as well as contact details:
Hampshire is also home to a network of Community Hospitals. Community Hospitals are small, local hospitals that provide a range of services including clinics, minor injuries units and X-ray departments. Your GP will refer you to your local Community Hospital depending on care and medical needs.
Finding a GP in Hampshire
Local Authority Elderly Care Services in Hampshire
Local authority care services are broken down by county or city council. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, there are four council bodies which have their own provision of adult social care. From the council care homepages, you can find information on the services provided and how to access them.
Hampshire County Council
Portsmouth City Council
Southampton City Council
Isle of Wight Council
Booking a Care Needs Assessment in Hampshire
A Care Needs Assessment is a really good starting point in understanding the amount of support your relative needs and how much of this can be supplied by the council. Care Homes and Respite Services will also often require one to completed before they can provide care, so they can ensure that their facilities are suitable.
Visit Age Space’s dedicated page on completing a Care Needs Assessment in Hampshire, for everything you’ll need to know about the process.
Specialist Mental Health Services for the Elderly in Hampshire
The first step in accessing elderly mental health services will be to talk to your GP, who will be able to point you towards the specific services that are available in your area. The NHS advise that you should contact your GP if you are concerned about:
- Mood swings
- Memory loss or confusion
You can also find local support from Mind wellbeing centres, that are run across Hampshire. They are friendly places with an informal atmosphere that aim to provide outcome-focused support to individuals with mental health problems.
Mind Havant & East Hants
Home Care in Hertfordshire
Home Care, or Domiciliary Care is professional care provided in the comfort of your own home. These services can allow your elderly relative to maintain the independence of living at home, whilst giving you the peace of mind that they’re being taken care of.
You can use Age Space’s own Home Care Directory to look for suitable home care that’s in your area: