How to choose the right level of care
To help you live independently and put you in control, care should always be built around your needs. That’s why it’s important to decide early on what your needs are. It might be worth writing these down so you can refer to them later.
A good home care company will provide a free face-to-face consultation to discuss your support needs and the type of carer you’re looking for. Once you’ve had this visit, normally from a locally based care manager, a care plan can be put in place that outlines your full requirements. The plan should be flexible so it can be referred back to and regularly reviewed.
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When it comes to thinking about additional support, speaking with a home care specialist will help you to determine the daily tasks you can be supported with. They will ask you about your day-to-day activities to determine your support requirements, whether it’s help with personal care, taking medication, household chores, cooking, moving safely around the home or more complex medical needs.
Consider when you need support. Some families require just a little support from a carer visiting at set times of the day. However, if you find you need three or four visits a day, a live-in carer – who is there day and night – may be more financially viable. The consistency and companionship that comes from this type of care will be much better for your overall well-being too.
What about overnight care? A live-in carer, can assist you up to twice in the night, just so they get enough rest to fully support you the following day. If you need regular support during the night, your home care provider can arrange for an extra carer to either sit with you or be on hand during these hours.
If you’re arranging care for a loved one, it’s important for that person’s voice to be heard. The free consultation (where you’ll meet your local care specialist to build the care plan) is a good opportunity to talk through the process and involve your loved one as much as possible.
Choose the right time for a conversation with a loved one about care. For example, a family gathering or meal where everyone is feeling relaxed. Be clear that you want to help them and ensure they get the support they need to live the way they want.