Home care is the preferred choice of service for those wishing to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence in their latter years. It is the ideal solution for anyone who wants support during the day and at night but continue to live independently at home.
Home care services provide quality of life through personalised support plan and assist in areas that require additional care and attention. Support may vary from once a week or daily depending on the client’s needs.
According to Equality and Human Rights Commission, ‘Studies show that older people would prefer to stay at home until it is impossible for them to do so rather than move into residential care and that the benefits of home care are enormous, both to individuals and to the state. Home care provision also costs less than a place in residential or nursing care.’
Home Care services include:
- Help with getting in and out of bed
- Help with Bathing and Dressing
Housekeeping and home help
- Help with dietary requirements and meals
- Help with medication
- Help with shopping
- Help with cleaning and cooking
- Help with laundry
- Help with participation in community activities
- Help in providing companionship
Live in and 24 hour care
- Help with more intensive care, day and night
- Help with keeping up appointments, meetings and social engagements
- Fitting equipment to your home, such as stair lifts, bath seats etc
Studies show that older people who continue to live independently at home near their loved ones are happier. Home care is all about receiving assistance from carers to lead a normal life and carry out everyday living. Depending on personal requirements, circumstances and conditions, home care assistants provide that special care and support and allows older people to live around familiar surroundings.
The Care Quality Commission, which is the regulator for the health and social care sector in England, points out that, ‘It monitors the quality of care given by all providers of social care services, including private and voluntary sector organisations.’ This is to ensure that all care providers meet the essential standards of quality and safety and that older people receive the best of care at home.
Equality and Human Rights Commission explains that, ‘Research suggests around 20 per cent of older people living at home receive domiciliary services, and in 2009-10, an estimated 453,000 older people received home care through their local authority. In fact, 81 per cent of people receiving home care in that year were 65 or over, and as our population ages, more people will inevitably need home care in the future. People aged 85 and over are the fastest growing group – their numbers have doubled since 1985, and are projected to increase substantially in the next decades.’