Often, when elderly care is thought about the first thing that comes to mind is care homes; elderly people “shipped off” to a communal home to live out the remainder of their lives. In fact, this is often the only type of elderly care that some people think exists. However, there are other options out there.
There are a range of care services available for elderly people in the UK and so it is a good idea to find out a bit about each one so that the right choices can be made to find the perfect care package.
Care homes are the most traditional and most well-known care option for the elderly. There is a wealth of care homes across the UK varying in size and style, filled with care staff who are there to provide care on all levels from personal care to companionship. Care homes may be an ideal setting for elderly people who love the idea of living as part of a community again and being surrounded by company. They may also be the best option for someone who needs a higher level of mobility support and specialist nursing care and equipment. It is advisable to go and look around several care homes and ask plenty of questions of the staff in order to find the perfect care home. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) assess and rate each care home in the country and these details can be found online and should be checked before you make any final decisions.
One of the first levels of care for the elderly which most people consider is at-home care. Carers can come into the home and offer a range of support from personal care, such as bathing and dressing, to companionship and help taking the person out on day trips. One of the big benefits of at-home care is how flexible it can be. You can pay literally by the hour and tailor care around the rest of the family.
Live-in care is a care option that not many people consider, in fact, they often forget is in an option at all. One of the main up sides of live-in care is that the person requiring the care does not need to leave their family home even when they begin to require a higher level of care. A live-in carer moves into the family home and can provide a high level of companionship as well as being there to cater to any level of personal care requirements. Live-in carers can take a lot of pressure off spouses or family members who have taken on the sole burden of care. Opting for live-in care offers a level of stability and consistency that will make the recipient of the care much more relaxed and happy. Diseases such as dementia can cause a person to become disoriented and anxious and having consistent care is better for the recipient as they will feel more comfortable with a familiar face and that carer will also be able to build up their knowledge of that person in order to care for them better.
Whatever care option you think is best, doing your research on the options available will allow you to make the best choice.