In a case like my mother's Social Services provide care for a period of three weeks on the understanding that the family use the time to get their house in order and make long-term arrangements of their own. Our three weeks is now up. We could have employed a commercial agency to come in and help but we've decided to fly solo. My mother needs somebody living in- to do the cooking and household chores etc and oversee her movement around the house- but she can manage most of her personal care herself (though shoes and socks are a problem). It's now 9.30. She's up, she's washed and dressed and all without crisis or any undue effort. If in the future we need to call in the professionals we know where to go.
It looks as if (fingers crossed) we've got this one sorted.