What is Home Care?

Nobody wants to think about their parents getting older and requiring additional support, unfortunately it is a reality that many of us will have to face.  Home Care is a realistic option that could help to provide peace of mind for all concerned.

What is Home Care and what does it involve?

Home Care offers a service which supports clients from the comfort of their own home.  A caregiver will visit the client’s home to assist them with their needs.

With Home Instead, the type of support that the caregiver provides is completely personalised so will depend on the individual client but it could involve help with household tasks, shopping, cooking, supporting with medication, personal care and hygiene or simply providing companionship.

How is home care different to residential care?

Care homes may be the right choice for some families but having care at home can offer you much more control over the type of care you receive.

It also helps the client to feel much more relaxed and receptive to having care – it can be a difficult conversation to have with elderly family members but having care provided at home could make this transition easier.  

The upheaval of moving to a different place could be daunting and very upsetting.  If the client is living with dementia, the symptoms could be worsened by unfamiliar surroundings.  By having a carer visit them at home, the client can continue to be supported in their own routine.  

Having a tailored care package at home can often be cheaper than residential care, and offers good value for money, knowing that the service you are receiving is exactly what you have asked for.

What benefits will home care give me?

As a client, you will be supported to stay in your own home for as long as possible, helping you to retain your independence.   

Having regular visits from a caregiver can also help to combat loneliness and many people form lasting friendships with their caregiver.  Care visits from Home Instead last for a minimum of one hour – this means that visits are not rushed, and caregivers can take the time for conversation as well as other jobs. 

If you are a family member of a client receiving care, knowing that they are being well looked after and supported at home can give you peace of mind, and offer respite if you have been caring for them yourselves.

How I can discuss home care as an option with my mum or dad?

Suggesting that someone may need additional care can be a difficult subject to broach, and it may be difficult for the person in question to come to terms with the fact that they require support.  

The earlier that the topic of care can be discussed the better, this will give your loved one the chance to express their wishes for the future.  Whenever you have the conversation, make sure you do your research first and discuss the positive benefits and outcomes that having home care will bring.  You don’t even need to mention the word ‘care’ if you think that will put your loved one off – perhaps just suggesting that someone is able to ‘pop round each day to see how you are and have a chat’ would get the ball rolling.

Is Home Care a safe option?

It is understandable that you would want to know your relative is in the safest possible hands – this always applies, not just during the current pandemic.

All our CAREGivers are fully trained to offer professional and safe care to clients at home, with additional training provided during the pandemic to ensure that they are fully up to speed with infection control measures and current government guidelines.

CAREGivers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all visits which is regularly changed between clients.  They are washing and sanitising hands frequently, as well as encouraging clients to do the same.  

Hard surfaces, door handles and other high-touch points are regularly sanitised to encourage good hygiene around the home. 

Aside from the pandemic, clients should rest assured that we always put clients’ safety first. 

All our CAREGivers receive an enhanced DBS check before employment and must provide a minimum of four references.  We also provide introductions before care starts so that the client knows exactly who to expect.  If you live far away but want to be fully involved in the care of your loved, we can also arrange introductions by phone or video call.    Access to an online portal also enables you to check up on the care taking place, view medication and activity logs so you are always kept up to speed with what is happening. 

Thinking about Home Care whether for yourself or for a family member can be a hard decision to make, but the friendly team at Home Instead can answer any of your questions.

For a free consultation, call our Care Manager, Myfanwy on 01978 660423.