Mum had an assessment at her house a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure who the assessor was, but seemed to be somebody from Social Services (arranged by my brother). The agreement was that Mum really needs somebody to go in once a day at this point to check that she's taking her pills and to sort out any day-to-day problems she may have. The likelihood is that she will need more care as her condition progresses, of course. As she has saved all her life, she has enough money to be self-funding, so the assessor gave us a list of people in the area (Derby) who act as carers and left us to it. My question is - what do we do next? Do you select a few of these people, contact them to see if they are available and interview them? Or is the interview not something you do? And how do you go about paying them? I assume there's NI contributions to be considered - and pension entitlement these days? Or are they considered to be self-employed? What I really need is a step-by-step breakdown of what to do now, and I have to say that I'm surprised we weren't given one at the assessment session. I know that lots of people on this forum have been through the situation, so would be grateful for any practical tips. Thanks, in advance!