When it comes to helping seniors can get, it goes without saying that one of the best ways to arrange it comes in the form of a carer that visits them in their own home. This is the case if the senior has any special condition, like dementia or Alzheimer’s, or perhaps they have difficulty walking and getting around.
This is a type of care known as home care or live-in care. It is a paid service, which costs a different amount based on the area. Sometimes, the council contributes to paying the cost.
The thing that separates this kind of service is the fact that the senior person doesn’t need to leave their home. The help is provided there since the professional carer will visit for a predetermined amount of hours each day or week. It is a flexible service – care can be arranged for a few hours every week to 24/7 care from a live-in carer. It can also be temporary, for example when the senior is recovering from an illness or surgery, or it can be more temporary, if they have a condition that doesn’t enable living on their own, like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
What are the benefits of home care?
A home carer part of a paid service can assist with many things, such as:
- Helping the senior get out of bed in the morning
- Dressing and washing
- Using the toilet
- Preparing meals and drinks
- Ensuring the person takes their medicine at the right time
- Getting settled in the evening
- Home help in the form of doing certain domestic tasks, like washing up, cleaning, laundry and gardening
Your local council might help arrange the service
First, those that want the council to help them arrange care should prepare a needs assessment. This is to help the council determine whether a person is fully eligible for care. If eligibility is confirmed, the council can recommend a paid carer and help arrange the service. If the council deems the person not eligible for care, they will provide some advice on help within the community. It is important to point out that those who wish to arrange private care agencies for this sort of service can also benefit from a needs assessment. This can be used to provide the agency and carer with essential information on what service is expected from them.
Paying for home care
Sometimes, the local council can contribute partly to the cost of home care service, depending on the circumstances of the person in need of it. If the needs assessment points to the need for care, the council is more likely to help. It all depends on the income and savings, which is something the council will work out with a financial assessment. If it is the council paying for home care, it will be them that provide a support and care plan. This will establish the needs of the person and the budget for meeting them through home care. There is also the option to receive the personal budget as a direct payment. This gives the person the option to arrange someone for care if they don’t want to go with an agency.
Finding a local agency
There are 4 ways to find a care agency:
- Through the NHS website
- Through the local council’s social services department
- Through the Care Quality Commission – that is where are all home care agencies are registered
- Through the United Kingdom Homecare Association