Care at Home – The First Steps

The first solution for many seeking care services for an elderly loved one is to try and establish additional home support care.  Something many of us may remember as “Home Help”.  These days home care can take many different forms, from a few visits from a carer to assist with everyday tasks, to regular visits from a community nurse to help manage deteriorating medical condition.    There are specialist agencies that can also provide live-in care.

A full-time home care solution that allows you or your loved one to stay at home in familiar, relaxed surroundings can often seem like a win-win solution to care problems. A fully trained Live-in Carer works to an individually designed care plan supporting the elderly person in their home, many people find this one-to-one personal home care service ideal.

For anyone having difficulty coping at home, the local authority social services or family GP should be a first port of call.  The local authority social services department is the main state provider of services in the home.  Services provided by the local authority as often referred to as domiciliary, non-residential or community care services.  There are a number of private agencies and local voluntary organizations that offer many of the same services and these can all be found in an online directory, such as TrustedCare where you can read reviews and help make informed decisions on your care.

Home Care services may include such things as general day care, personal care, help with domestic tasks, meals-on-wheels, and the adaptation of the home environment to improve quality of living for the elderly person concerned.  This can be fitting appropriate alarms, stair and grab rails, widening doorways for wheelchairs and fitting ramps.  Adaptations provided by your local authority that cost less than £1000 are currently free of charge, but some more costly adaptations require a contribution.  Equipment to assist in the home is ordinarily provided free of charge or on loan.