Homecare is the first choice for people who need help in later life to lead an independentlife. Many people use a homecare service as an alternative to moving into a care home. This is not always the answer but it’s a good starting point for elderly relatives. Everyone’s needs are different and careful planning is required to tailor a care package to deliver the best quality service that satisfies the requirements of the whole family.
According to figures provided by Age UK, Later Life in the United Kingdom December 2015 , We live in an ageing population. Due to people living longer and the reduction in help from social services and local authorities, home care is in demand more than ever before.
11.4 million of us are 65 or over in the UK
1.5 million of us are 85 or over in the UK
There is more of us aged 60 or over than under 18 in the UK
By 2040 nearly 1 in 4 people will be 65 or over in the UK
There are many avenues you can go down when researching home care for an elderly person. Word of mouth and recommendations are usually a good place to start. There is also a lot of tools at your fingertips to do your research.
For an older person, staying in their own home is less disruptive to their life and wellbeing. Imagine being persuaded to leave your home that you have cherished for many years’ and where all of your memories lay, only to be told that you are going to live in a strange place for the rest of your days? Albeit your family may think they are doing the right thing, when in actual fact, your happiness and wellbeing would remain in a positive way in your own surroundings.
However homecare isn’t just about caring for someone with dementia or an illness, it can be about just being there as a companion and having someone to talk to. Going on an outing or going shopping or sitting talking to that person can make a whole lot of difference. It is staggering to think that in the run up to Christmas more than a million older age people had gone a month without speaking to anybody.
There is the personal care side that some elderly people need also, such as help with bathing, going to the toilet, dressing, medication and eating. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little bit of encouragement but other times they might need full care.
Some elderly people say to relatives that they can manage alone and don’t realise how much they actually rely on family members. It’s only when that family member realises that they have become a carer that they think they may need to look for support externally in the form of home care.
Home care can be a way of relieving the pressure from the daily tasks family members do on a daily basis for a loved one. Sometimes it can be difficult for the care giver to accept that they need to outsource help and also for the elderly relative to welcome it.
Once you meet with the right care company you will be happy in the knowledge that your loved one is in safe hands.
We’re really proud to be able to provide care and help our Seniors maintain their independence whilst remaining safe and happy at home all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Llanrwst, Prestatyn and everywhere in between!
If you would like some further information about our homecare services, please give us a call on 01754 772150 or fill out our In-Home Care Service Enquiry Form.