Worried about a friend or family member

Concerns about wellbeing

We all want to do the best for our loved ones, and to help them stay safe, well and independent.

You may have noticed a change in behaviour. Maybe you are concerned about their wellbeing or ability to take care of themselves. 

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There are lots of reasons why you may be concerned about someone. Below are some of the most common causes for concern. Most people want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. There may be simple ways you can help them to do this.

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Those with the highest level of needs may need some care and support – this could be on a short term basis, for example following a hospital stay, or longer term. Find out more about organising care and support.

If you are worried that someone poses a risk to themselves, please see the section below and call the emergency services, or report concerns around a vulnerable adult.

In an emergency

If you are worried about an adult who is in immediate danger or needs medical treatment contact the police and/or call an ambulance on 999. 

Report concerns around a vulnerable adult.