The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, research published in the Lancet today suggests.
The Newcastle University study found that men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years – including everything from help with washing and dressing each day to round the clock care.
While researchers said the data suggested there needed to be a sharp increase in the number of care home places to cope, the option of quality homecare should equally come centre stage when seniors are looking at their care options.
Our Managing Director, Martin Jones, comments: “Today’s research in the Lancet highlights the importance of planning for care in our senior years as time spent in old age doubles.
“When elderly family members need care, too often the first thought is a care home when quality homecare should be the first consideration. It is a viable, credible care choice and, if truth be told, the option we would all want in our golden years.
Left Elijah with friend Sid in Belgium during World War II
“Being cared for in the comfort and familiarity of your own home as long as possible keeps older people connected to their own lives and part of the communities they have aged in. Dignified homecare matched with a spirit of companionship helps stave off loneliness amongst our country’s elderly too."
Having received the Queen’s Award for innovation in the care sector in recognition of our relationship-led model, alongside 17 Outstanding Ratings, the highest rating possible from the Care Quality Commission, we have created a blueprint for quality homecare for the elderly.
It combines care and companionship in visits that last a minimum of one hour – so there is no rushed care and always time to talk. Our person-centred care model is outcomes focussed not task based.
One client who has felt the benefit of this personalised approach to care is 96-year-old Second World War veteran Elijah who is receiving care from our Oldham office. His caregiver Kathryn Mills, who helps widower Elijah with things like shopping and collecting his pension, spotted a photo in his house from his time as a Royal Engineer in Belgium during the war. Elijah couldn’t remember the name of the building in the photo and so Kathryn turned sleuth and hunted down the details for him in her spare time. She was able to print off a photo of the building along with its name to take to Elijah on one of her visits.
Elijah was delighted with the photo and said: “I love Kathryn coming round so we can reminisce. We went back 72 years the other day to 1944 when I arrived on the beaches of France.”
L-R Client Elijah Debnam with caregiver Kathryn Mills