Home Care or a Care Home; Which Is Right for You?

Older Couple supported by their live in carer

If someone through illness or age reaches a point of needing consistent care, it can be difficult for them and their loved ones to choose how best to proceed. The important thing to remember is that there are options, and despite any misgivings they may have, there’s every chance that there’s a setup which can meet their individual requirements.

One of the most common scenarios sees an individual moving to a care home, an environment designed to take their needs into account. There are many good things to be said about this, but there are some circumstances in which it is not ideal. Live In Care or 24hr Home Care, allows people to remain in their homes and brings the support to them, is a service that offers a real feeling of continuity to a life. If you or someone you know is contemplating seeking care, there are various things to be considered before making a decision.

Living in a care home involves becoming part of a new community, with all the positives and negatives that can bring. For someone feeling lonely or alienated, it can be a wonderful thing, but those who are already happy with their social lives might not want such a drastic change. Live In Care fits support around existing lifestyles, enabling people to continue living freely. While care homes generally have set routines – fixed menus, meal times and visiting policies – a Live In carer is there to assist you when you need them and be out of your way when you don’t.

As far as eligibility goes, the barriers are not particularly prohibitive. To receive Live In Care, you must be able to provide the carer with a room to stay in and a solid basic diet. It also stacks up fairly well to other forms of care cost-wise, starting at £750 per week (care home accommodation can go up to £950 per week). Though it bears noting that care home residents often fund their keep through the sale or rental of their previous properties, couples in particular can benefit financially from choosing Live In Care, able as they are to make use of the same carer.

Ultimately, while there is no type of care that is definitively superior, each case being different, Live In Care provides flexible options of which many people may be unaware. Some people are not capable of carrying on as normal and would be best served with a change of environment, but if someone wants to keep their life, stay where they are and address their changing requirements, they should certainly view it as a strong possibility.

If you think Live In Care might be right for you or a loved one, Notaro Homes can offer you advice and support. Based in North Somerset, they have been providing care services since 1984, and offer highly-trained carers for however long you need them. They can provide you with an initial assessment free of charge, meeting with you to devise a suitable care plan and find a carer to suit your preferences.

To find out more, call their friendly team on 0845 5190800, or fill out the simple form for an initial assessment, free of charge.

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