Naturally, elderly people begin to require more support with their daily lives, many of them choosing to remain in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people and things they love, rather than being ‘forced’ to move into residential care. At the same time, families are being given more choice and control than ever about the care and support they will receive in their later life.
However, it’s not always easy to start a conversation with your loved one about receiving that extra support they may need. Castle Home Care Services is here every step of the way to offer advice on talking about home care with your family and can help you to explore the possibilities of having some external support.
Despite this, the process of choosing a home care service remains a huge challenge for many families. To help you get started, here are some tips for choosing the right home care service that suits your needs.
Deciding on the suitable kind of care for you
Home care is becoming a more and more popular alternative to residential care homes in the UK.
We understand that, where possible, most people would prefer to stay living at home where their memories are. The elderly person or couple who is to receive support should be fully involved in the process, after all, it’s them who are going to be interacting with the carer. We are all much more likely to accept help when we feel in control. It is also helpful if to try to get an understanding of what amount and type of care is required; that may be anything from low-level hourly care to 24-hour live-in care, maybe requiring specialist support for medical conditions or medication help.
Give our care management team a call. Our team will answer any questions you have. Check that they are informative, responsive, professional and genuinely interested to learn about the needs of you or your loved one. They will assess the needs of the care receiver and establish a plan of care with your family tailored to your individual needs and routines.
To make the transition to care at home smooth and gradually families should plan rather than leaving it until being forced to in a time of crisis. This way the family can start building a relationship with the carer before more care is needed. Getting a little extra support at home for the daily routines is a good step to introduce the idea of care slowly. Another reason many people lean towards home care instead of a care home is its great value for money, as it is a fraction of the cost of most residential care options.
Don’t take our word for it
Check our ratings on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website. We have scored ‘Good overall service’ in our last report. This third party-report rates the service provided paying special attention to if it is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-lead.
The CQC is the national regulatory body for health and social care and they inspect all home care companies annually and publish detailed reports on their website.
Always read the provider’s CQC report.
Making your care choice
Helping those closest to you to make a considered choice means that precious family time can be quality time.
We will work with you to provide flexible, personalised home care based on what you would like, how and when you want it.
Discover more about our range of home care services or book a consultation with us to discuss your needs.