Having cared for my husband on my own for 8 years now I have been advised by our Consultant that he is now entering the final stages of the illness. He is having difficulty in swallowing and therefore not eating and drinking a great amount. Although I am still managing on my own I am aware that the time is fast approaching when I will need help with his care (my intention is to keep him at home). My dilemma is that we do not have a social worker as I have avoided involvement with social services (we would be self funding in any case). Any advice on whether I should now be contacting Social Services or should just try to find carers privately. Any thoughts would be very welcome as I am not sure what a social worker would contribute to the situation. I feel a bit lost at the minute.