What is Home Care and how does it make a positive impact?

Although home care has changed a lot over the years in the public and private sector, the principles and underpinning care skills have not. Barely a century ago all medical care was provided at home. There were no long stays in hospital as people were cared for in their own homes. This care was undertaken by family members and natural caregivers, then later by doctors making house calls. 

The rise of chronic illness attracted people to the idea of caring for loved ones in their own homes and organisations were developed to make homecare available across towns and cities across the country. 

Homecare today is a life line to some as it can mean the difference between someone being able to stay in their own home and/or seeking care in a residential home. Home care can vary extremely for each individual. Some clients need home care just to help them get out of bed in the morning and others need 24/7 home care, the level can vary vastly. The services are always tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Care doesn’t stop with just daily tasks in which the client struggles with, it is also companionship. Having a chat with a friendly face can make a huge difference to someone who doesn’t see relatives or neighbours on a daily basis. 

Back in the day home care was referred to as ‘home help’. The tasks then were mainly housework, laundry, shopping and cooking the occasional meal, although a lot of the elderly received ‘meals on wheels’. 

In the 1970’s a lot of adults found themselves caring for elderly parents which was the norm in that era. Visiting every day to carry out daily duties which their parents could no longer do, such as housework, laundry and shopping. This was a full time job for most, whilst still raising a family of their own. I suppose it was a part of all our lives at some point.

However, there does come a point in our caring role where we have to seek help from outside the family and contact a service provider to lighten the load. 

The majority of towns and cities provide home care services which is greatly beneficial to many communities. Most local councils provide homecare services however it is mainly the private sector who dominate this industry. 

There are many companies out there providing home care for the elderly at home and the services can be very different across the country. The core of these services are mainly the same, however care packages are tailored very differently depending on the needs of the individual. 

Here at Home Instead we do just that. We work with you so that you or your loved one receives the best possible care, as and when it’s needed. We offer Seniors as much independence as possible, allowing them to remain in their own home with the help and support of specifically selected CAREGivers. 

From our Abergele office, we are really proud to be able to provide care and help for Seniors and rewarding careers for their CAREGivers all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between! 

To find out more please contact your local Home Instead – Conwy and Denbighshire office on: 01745 772150, or https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/conwyanddenbighshire/ .