What Are The Alternatives To Live In Care?
There are a number of different alternatives to care at home, and some – if not all – of them are excellent, but they are not suitable for everyone. The main alterative option is long term residential care. There are various different types of residential care, and each one means that the individual will have to move out of their home in order to take up a place. It can in some circumstances, even dictate that the house must be sold to fund the care, meaning that the patient is then ‘trapped’ in the care system with nowhere to go. Whereas private care at home offers a certain amount of independence, residential care can sometimes be restrictive. There is a big difference between a residential home and a nursing home. Both provide accommodation, all meals and any care that is required, but a nursing home is equipped to deal with people who are ill, and there is always a nurse on hand should she or he be required. A residential home will have a district nurse whom the carers can call for, but this nurse won’t be in the home at all times. For residential care the individual will need an assessment and a determination will be made as to which kind of home he or she will be put into. At home care services are available for both a person who needs medical care and one who is having trouble managing in their home, both undergo a needs assessment to ensure they get the right level of care.
Care For The Elderly At Home Does Not Mean Lower Quality
The idea of residential care is so ingrained in our society that the thought of using a live in carer can seem strange. It might worry people, and lead them to assume that care for the elderly at home is somehow of lesser quality than its residential counterpart. This is not the case at all. In fact, because at home care is completed on a one to one basis, unless care is being given to a couple, it is guaranteed that the customer will receive as much attention as is required. This gives them peace of mind and a happier outlook. Quality home health care services mean that care givers go above and beyond what they would be able to do in a residential or nursing home setting. They can give all their time to one client, or client couple, and not only care for them and their home, but also take them out shopping, for day trips, to the theatre and so on. This is something that hard pressed staff in residential homes would not necessarily be able to do, especially on an individual basis. Choosing a home care company with an impeccable reputation who will be able to tailor a package specifically to the client is so important; at HomeCaring that is exactly what happens. Because of this, there will never be any need to worry that something has been forgotten or that some part of the client’s care is missing – it will all be covered.
24 Hour Care At Home: Does It Really Mean 24 Hours?
24 hour care at home sounds as if it is too good to be true. After all, would someone really choose to be a person’s full time carer and stay away from their own homes for weeks at a time? Would someone really be on hand, no matter what, 24 hours a day? The good news for many is that this kind of full time live in care is definitely real, and it is open to anyone. If you feel that an elderly or infirm family member could benefit from care on a full time basis, then it is time to start researching the possibilities.
Can Live In Care Even Work For Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent form of dementia. It is a disease that initially affects the brain, and that brings about confusion and loss of memory. This deteriorates over time so that some patients don’t recognise friends and family members, or even remember something that they have only just said. Some experience hallucinations and problems with communication. 24 hour home care can be used for individuals with this debilitating disease although an initial assessment will need to be carried out first. The person requiring 24 hour care at home will need to be checked to ensure that it is safe for them to remain in their property, rather than entering a residential home. It could be that initially at home care is required but, as time and the disease progress, this could change. Safety also means checking what kind of supervision they need – can they cook, for example, can they be left alone for any time at all? Another aspect that should be looked at before 24 hour in home care is decided upon is the health of the person. Will they require specialised help when it comes to medication, and are there other health problems that need to be taken into consideration? And finally, does the patient need to interact socially with others? This can often be a help to those suffering from Alzheimer’s. Home carers offer interaction with people whom the person knows and this helps with memory retention.
Assuming that the checks are carried out and the findings are satisfactory, then it is perfectly possible for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other debilitating illnesses to remain at home with 24 hour live in home care. The benefits of this can be immense. A home is an important part of someone’s life, filled with memories and treasures that could mean nothing to someone from the outside, but that mean the world to the person who lives in amongst them. 24 hour care in your own home enables those who want to stay where they are most comfortable to do so, rather than moving into a residential or nursing home. This can reduce stress and anxiety and actually keep the patient healthier in the long term. Removing someone from the place in which they have lived for possibly many decades can be a traumatic and confusing time. They will have to leave familiar places, their friends, their possessions (there isn’t room for everything in a nursing home, after all), and the impact can be huge. Remaining at home is by far the preferred option if it is at all possible. It is not always what the patient wants – some like the idea of moving and making new friends, and for some it is simply not possible. And, perhaps surprisingly, at home care can be less expensive than you may realise. With HomeCaring, there are a number of different ways to organise home care in bespoke packages.
Care At Home From My Home Caring
HomeCaring specialises in offering care at home packages for the elderly, infirm, immobile and disabled. By offering bespoke live in care packages, we can ensure that everyone gets exactly what works for them, from care for a few hours a day to relieve a family member, to 24-hour full time care. Whether you need our care to include household duties and healthcare, or someone simply needs a chat from time to time, we can help. Contact us for more information