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Home care

It has been revealed that there has been a steady rise of people opting for home care in Birmingham. We recently undertook a study to see how many people accessed home and social health care in 2014/15 and 2015/16 - figures had shown there was a 4% rise in people choosing to have health care at home.

There could be numerous reasons why families are choosing home care, and it is important to note that this type of care entails a wide range of services. From domiciliary home care visits to palliative home care services or having a live in carer, home care is usually less expensive than utilising a residential home or privatised hospital.

During 2015/16, £252.2 million was spent on adult social care. Of this, £66.7m was spent on home care in Birmingham in 2015/16. We have seen a rise in people opting for our home care services, allowing people to seek treatment in the comfort of their own surroundings.

Home care for dementia patients

For terminal illnesses such as dementia, in-home care allows the patient to stay in the comfort of their own home, as they cope with the psychological, social, emotional and physical impact of the disease. There are 850,000 people living with this progressive disease in the UK, and this number is expected to rise to 1 million people by 2025. With ground-breaking research along with the increase of information and support available, those who are diagnosed in the early stages of dementia are able to make informed decisions about their care and where they choose to have it.

For those in the early stages of dementia, families often find that their loved one requires minimal supervision or care, but it is important to note that this is different to every person. As the disease progresses, the individual will require more care and help with their routine. A structured schedule in their home means that they will be in a surrounding they recognise. The late stage of dementia will require 24/7 care, and having a live in carer who you know and trust will take the pressure off of yourself and others. It is important to remember that despite dementia taking many things away from your loved one, they will still feel an emotional connection to people surrounding them, and their environment.

Is this the same for end of life care?

Around 550,000 people die in the UK every year, and this figure is expected to rise by 17% by 2030. Over two thirds of the UK population wish to die at home, but only 20.8% of the UK pass away at home. End of life care lasts for an average of 90 days, with the average cost of specialist palliative care in hospital costing £550 per person per day. Changing the setting of a patient's end of life care could potentially to reduce the daily cost of care by £280.

Choosing to have palliative home care means that you will receive end of life support and pain management. Every person has the right to 24/7 palliative care, which should provide sensitive end-of-life support to patients suffering from terminal illnesses. They have the right to be accompanied and reassured throughout this difficult time.

If you'd like to speak to someone about Sova's home care services, do not hesitate to get in touch.