Elderly (Home) Care: Your Options

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In this blog we’re going to look at the elderly care at home options should your loved one need some extra care without wanting to leave the comfort and security of their own home.

The commonplace belief is that once an elderly person can no longer live at home unaided, they have no choice but to move into a residential care home. This is an outdated belief which isn’t the case anymore. It’s no longer a straight choice between continuing to live at home, struggling or making the often-dreaded move into a residential care home. There are plenty of options aside from that for you and your family to consider, which we will explore here.

As the population gets older, we worry about keeping our loved ones independent for as long as possible. When the time comes for finding additional support, care, and companionship for an elderly relative, it can be confusing and complicated, not to mention a delicate subject to broach. Understanding the options for affordable long-term home care, residential care (which we will look at too) or respite care is incredibly helpful before you begin discussions with your loved one.

Here’s what you need to know.

Residential care home

Residential care homes are still the most common type of long-term elderly care. As the name suggests, these are purpose-built facilities where your loved one could go to live, leaving their own home behind. It’s always worth considering the type of care home your loved one needs – do they have any specialist medical need that a particular home may specialise in? Would they prefer a small home or a large facility? Do they need nursing care or not?

Moving your loved one to a residential care home can be a daunting prospect and it’s always worth considering how the move could impact on their mental health. Will they be socially happy living with the other residents, or will they become disorientated and stressed? Of course, it can be hard to tell at first so go and see all the available homes in your area. Check their CQC inspection reports to get a feel for the quality of each option.

Elderly care at home: family

If your loved one is simply moving on to the next phase of their life slowly and they just need a bit more help with day-to-day living, consider if you can meet their needs as a family. This could be doing their shopping, helping out with household bills and admin, or spending more time helping your loved one get out and about in the community.

As time goes by, this may be an interim solution depending on any changing medical needs, but it’s an option that’s worth exploring in the short term should your situation allow.

Elderly care at home: hourly (domiciliary) care

A middle of the road option, domiciliary care also allows your loved one to remain in their own home but with the additional support that they need. As the term hourly care would suggest, you pay for this type of care on an hour-by-hour basis to cover the amount of care that your loved one needs.

This option is great if your relative doesn’t need round the clock care and just needs support going about their lives. Care visits can range from just 15 minutes up to 24 hours so it’s not suitable as a long-term solution. When your relative gets to a point where they need more than just sporadic assistance, you should consider…

Elderly care at home: a live-in carer

Live-in care. Again, as the name suggests, a live-in carer will move in to live with your relative at their home. This is the most complete form of care for the elderly at home that’s able to cater for those with more demanding or complex health conditions or the severely limited.

Live-in care is also a perfect solution should you need to arrange care quickly: after an accident, a fall, or a new medical diagnosis for example. At Promedica24 we can act fast to provide you with quick and convenient live-in care services when you need us. You can find out more about our service here.

It’s worth noting that for live-in care to be a viable option, the property will need to have a spare room to accommodate the carer, and your relative will need to be comfortable with the idea of having a new face around the place, but the benefits to live-in care are vast. Not only does it allow elderly care at home around the clock, it can enhance lives too. Live-in care is about companionship and security. Carers will work tirelessly to enhance the life of your loved one and even help them to develop new routines around new activities they have always wanted to try.

It’s about much more than care, it’s a way of life for our live-in carers. Never has this been truer than of late with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the care sector particularly hard. By the very nature of this service, live-in carers have managed to protect their elderly clients in their own homes throughout this most challenging and worrying time.

Want to know more?

It’s imperative to us that you know your choices. Planning for care and support is not something people usually think about and they need this kind of information quickly when the time comes.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has also stated its desire in its Market Position Statement, which we’ve reviewed at length, to give everyone increased choice and control when it comes to social care and is working to support greater independence in their own home  – something that we’re passionate about and want to help bring to the fore.

We hope that you took a lot of value from this piece and we’ve managed to show you a few more choices than you may have previously considered.

You can find out more about our live-in care services today by calling us on 01254 375023 or you can email me directly at g.derbyshire@promedica24.co.uk.

-Gary Derbyshire, regional partner (North Yorkshire & Lancashire), Promedica24

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