Choosing Care Services
The majority believe that when choosing care services there is only one option, and that is to move into Residential Care…
In fact, there are a wide variety of care options available and most people needing care or support are able to remain in their own homes.
The type of care service you can receive depends mainly on your care needs; from the type to the severity of your condition. For example, if your condition seriously affects your mental capacity or physical ability, you may need a higher level of care and support.
With all the options available to you, choosing care services that is right for you can be an overwhelming prospect, but you can start with thinking about your specific requirements and what might you need in order to help you retain the best quality of life;
Remain at home
You may want to remain in your own home with all its comforts and familiarities but to have someone come in and provide you with the support you need to continue living your life in the way you choose to.
Homecare can support with day to day tasks such as, personal care (washing, dressing, and assistance to the toilet), cleaning and laundry, prompting medication, preparing food, going to and from appointments/social activities and much more. A carer would come into your home on days and times that suit you, from 30 minutes up to a full 24 hour visit. Homecare is flexible and adapts to your needs.
If you would like to remain at home but with a full time companion, Live in Care can provide a carer to live with you providing support with all your care needs and offering extra security and peace of mind for friends and family, that care is always on hand. Live in Care is a great solution for those wanting to continue to live at home in familiar and relaxed surroundings with an unrivalled level of one to one care and support, whilst retaining independence and control. Care is organised on your terms and meets existing preferences, such as meal times, hobbies, medication and care routines. As your needs change, Live in care has the flexibility to develop with you.
Moving into Residential Care
You may want to consider Residential Care, if living in your own home is no longer realistic or practical and you like the idea of meeting new people, always having company and trained staff on hand; access to regular organised activities and no worries about utility bills, cooking meals or doing household tasks.
When choosing a Care Home you must think about whether you need the home to provide nursing or personal care. Care homes providing personal care offer support with basic personal needs; assistance with meals, personal washing, going to the toilet, medication, activities/day trips. Nursing Homes provide the same services however they will have at least one registered nurse working there to accommodate people with medical conditions that require nursing attention.
With all these options in mind, we have put together a simple comparison for you to consider all the variables and to help you to make a decision that is right for you;
Live in Care
|Remain in your own home||Remain in your own home||Move to a new environment|
|Your care may determine the need for home alterations and equipment which you may find unattractive||Your care may determine the need for home alterations and equipment which you may find unattractive||The home will already be equipped to provide all types of care|
|Costs from £16.95 per hour||Costs from £800 a week||Costs up to £1250 a week|
|One-to-one care||High level of one-to-one care||Carers sharing responsibility|
|Despite home alarms and regular visits from a home carer, you may still feel vulnerable if living alone||Always someone on hand to make sure you’re safe and secure in your own home||Secure entrance & always someone on hand to make sure you’re safe|
|Continued chosen lifestyle||Continued chosen lifestyle||Change of lifestyle|
|Funding available||Funding available||Funding available|
|Choice of what you eat but specified time chosen by you||Choice of what you eat and when||Set menu and set meal times|
|Pets can remain at home||Pets can remain at home||Rules vary|
|Visitors can stay at any time||Visitors can stay at any time||Certain times, rules and communal areas for visitors|
|Care is charged per individual||Cost savings for couples||Paying for two beds|
|Suitable for:||Suitable for:||Suitable for:|
|Those who want to remain in their own home with a little extra care & support and/or to share the responsibility with an existing carer/loved one.||Those who wish to remain in their own home with full time care & support and/or companionship.
Due to the continuity of care and remaining at home, Live in Care can be very beneficial for those living with memory loss and/or Dementia.
|Those who wish to have full time care & support but no longer wish to or are no longer able to maintain a home.|