If you or a family member needs help in the home, the best solution may be to hire fully qualified home care workers that will offer their assistance whenever you need them to. Before you set out to commit to home care, here are a few things you should consider.
Different types of home care
Home care can be very flexible according to your lifestyle and your needs. It also comes in many forms and many names are used to describe it including home help, care attendants and carers. Homecare can suit you if you need day to day personal care (such as washing or dressing), housekeeping or general domestic work, preparing meals, nursing and health care and even simply companionship. Consider what you think is best for you and the amount of time you may need a home care provider. The same person or agency may be able to help you for long-term 24-hour care, emergency care, day care or even just pop-in for a few minutes a day to check how you’re doing. If you think that you may benefit from a certain type of home care, you should contact your local social services department who will adequately asses you on your needs and give you qualified advice on the options that are available to you.
Benefits of home care
Recent studies have found that an average stay in a residential home could see you lose almost half of the value of the property that you own. Opting for home care, instead, would allow you to lower the costs by giving you the flexibility of only hiring an individual or an agency when it is needed. Not only that, home care allows people to maintain their independence by staying in their own home, patients will have a continuity of care and have less-risk to any illness they may be exposed to when living in a shared facility. Home care means that individual needs are always met and flexibility allows your loved ones to visit more than they may be able to do in a residential home with restricted visiting hours.
If you require home care, your local council will perform an assessment of your needs and provide a financial quote. This is usually based on your income and savings but not the value of your home. In many cases, local councils, GPs or Clinical Commissioning Groups will pay for some or all of the costs of your required care.
An independent home care agency is often the most affordable way to make sure you or your loved one gets all of the assistance that they need. All home care agencies will have a trained team of care workers who are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and all hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
To find out more about home care services, you can always search NHS Choices directories for local homecare services and agencies, national homecare organisations, supported living services or even a place to live with a family that will care for you.