Arranging care for someone you love is never easy, it’s often stressful, confusing and complex. As a society we are generally uneducated in most aspects of social care, so when the day arrives that we have to arrange care for a family member we're entering the unknown. Grewp provides free, unbiased, transparent advice on all aspects of care, from paying for care to which care providers to avoid.
Types of Home Care
Just a handful of types of Home Care available
24 HOUR CARE
A live-in carer who is on-call 24/7 is the standard type of live-in care and involves one carer.
For those with more complex needs, full 24/7 care is available which would involve more than one carer.
Round the clock care provides those with medical needs the constant care they require.
Loneliness can affect anyone, but in the elderly it’s far too common.
Loneliness can actually impact both mental and physical health – playing a role in developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Having a companion to chat to can really help alleviate feelings of loneliness.
The general end goal of convalescent care is rehabilitating the individual and helping to enable their recovery.
Sometimes convalescent care could turn into other more permanent care solutions such as companionship care – if the individual thinks they may benefit from long-term support.
As we age, we are more likely to wake up at different intervals throughout the night due to natural changes to the body’s circadian rhythm (the body clock).
Choosing overnight care can provide reassurance that your loved one is safe and secure at all hours.
There are different options for overnight care, including full-time live-in care.
Dementia is a collection of symptoms which range from memory loss to impaired communication – it is caused by a number of specific conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementia.
Live-in care is a type of dementia care which allows those living with dementia to lead a fulfilling life.
Specialist live-in dementia care is carried out by trained complex care givers.
Every five minutes in the UK, someone experiences a stroke.
Watching a loved one recover from a stroke can be difficult, and rehabilitation lengthy.
The right care is essential in ensuring recovery and rehabilitation.
Palliative care at home may be required if your loved one is living with a life-limiting illness or condition.
It helps to ensure people can continue to be supported and comforted in their own home.
This type of care is provided by a varied and dedicated team of professionals.
Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging.
Respite care in the home allows primary carers to take a break – to reset and recharge.
This type of care is a short-term option, designed to minimise disruption and ensure continuity of care.
Care Home or Home Care
In 2020 a survey commissioned by 'Just Group Plc' found that 70% of people did not want to go into a care home – up from less than 50% in 2013. In addition to that, the report found that 64% of over 75’s would prefer at home care, in light of the Covid pandemic. There are pro's and con's for both types of care , but shouldn't we be listening to what people want ?
What do Home Carers do?
Carer’s responsibilities will range depending on the level of care that’s required. However, standard tasks include: