What is home help Services
If you or an elderly family member needs help in the home, here are a few things you should consider before you decide which type of home help service to choose.
What type of service is best for me
Home care can be flexible to suit your lifestyle and needs. It may be that you’ve only just returned from a brief spell in the hospital and need someone to help you get back on your feet or you may require a full time qualified carer that will help you with your day to day life. If you believe that you or a loved one requires home care, your local council will perform an assessment of your needs and provide a financial quote. This is usually based on income and savings and in some cases local councils, GPs or Clinical Commissioning Groups can help to pay for the costs. However, an independent home care agency is often the most affordable way to make sure that you or your relative gets the required assistance. Every independent home care agency will have a qualified team of staff regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and all will hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
What are the benefits of home care
Opting for home care services over residential care can have many benefits. Not only will you have the flexibility of hiring a carer only when needed but you’ll be able to maintain your independence by staying in your own home. What’s more, patients will have the continuity of care that they need and will be less at risk to any illnesses that they may be exposed to in a shared facility such as a residential home. Another benefit is that your loved ones can always visit – something that may be restricted to certain days or times in a residential facility. For elderly couples living in their own home, home care can sometimes be the best option when the idea of living apart seems unimaginable. It can often be a challenge to find a residential home that both individuals can move into together, particularly when only one of them requires care. Part-time home help such as respite care or a sitting service can take the strain off a primary caregiver while still allowing the couple to remain in their home together. Find out more about home care services by searching NHS Choices directories.