Healthcare and nursing care providers often talk about ‘home care’ and ‘domiciliary care’, but what are they exactly, and how to the various services differ?
In short, home care is all about enabling your loved ones to remain in their homes instead of moving into a nursing home, by having professional carers and nurses visit them to support them at home. This involves help with everyday tasks, errands, and even financial matters.
What are the benefits of Home Care?
Choosing home care over a care home will benefit clients in many ways:
- Independence - Depending on the care service and your requirements, home care will enable clients to remain independent in their homes.
- Care - Home care still means high quality, professional care from administering medication to assisting in therapies and helping with running errands.
- Support - Whether a client is recovering from an illness or a stay in hospital, home care can help facilitate this transition, as well as helping manage finances, and everyday domestic tasks.
- Companionship - Home carer can provide clients with social companionship, not only checking if they’re well but also developing a true and caring friendship.
- Peace of Mind - Knowing that one of our home carers is visiting a loved one, will give you peace of mind that they are in good health and well looked after while living independently.
When do you Need Home Care?
This is difficult to answer as every person is different. Relatives, loved ones and health professionals are undoubtedly the best people to rely upon, when deciding whether home care services are necessary. Here are examples that can help you to determine whether someone might benefit from receiving home care:
- Illness - Perhaps you have a loved one who is battling a long term illness, and requires a lot of support and care. In this case, domiciliary care could help them to perform daily tasks, making their everyday life as enjoyable as possible.
- Disability & Mental Health - If your loved one has a disability or mental health issues, complex home care services could be a solution to providing care and support while allowing them to live independently.
- Returning from Hospital - Someone who’s returning from hospital after an operation or recovering from an illness requires additional care and support, which can be provided with hospital to home care by helping them to transition back to their normal lives.
- Dementia & Alzheimer's - Unfortunately, people diagnosed with these diseases can lose the ability to perform simple tasks and look after themselves, but specialised Alzheimer’s care services can provide a lifeline for them.
- Old Age - Elderly care services are designed for clients who are getting older, and could use some support and help with their day to day lives.
What are the different types of Home Care Services?
A wide range of home care services exist, depending on the nature of the additional support that you or a loved one require. It is, however, essential that this service is tailored to personal needs and requirements. This ensures that that the care service fits around existing daily routines to provide support without disrupting habits.
Here are some of the home care services available:
- Domiciliary Care - This is a personal care service for clients battling disability or illness, who struggle with bedroom mobility, bathing, household tasks and more.
- Palliative Care - This kind of care is a type of end-of-life care service, helping people who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, while providing emotional care and support.
- Hospital to Home Care - After being discharged from hospital after an injury or illness it can be challenging to return to your regular life. This service is all about helping clients recover, re-adjust and transit back into their old habits.
- Live-In Care - As your loved ones get older, they might find that their needs become complex and need 24 hour care. Having live-in care can be what they need, allowing them to stay in their own homes and out of a care home.
- Night Care - This type of home care service provides clients with support throughout the night, as well as being by their side when falling asleep or waking up.
- Alzheimer’s Care - Our clients who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease require specialist care from professional carers, who are aware of the many and complex challenges of such disease. This enables them to provide the best and most comprehensive care service.
- Dementia Care - Dementia is a cruel illness which can effect anyone and requires specialist care. Similarly to Alzheimer’s, is is a complex illness affecting clients in many different ways.
- Social Companionship Care - This is more about providing companionship and assistance with day to day household chores to clients, making their everyday life easier.
How Much Does Home Care Cost?
The cost of home care can vary greatly, depending on the type of care service, the region you live in and other factors.. From our experience in the industry, home care can cost between £12 per hour to £25 per hour, although again, this can vary greatly depending on the individual.
Elderly care can be very challenging, the line between adequate care, attentive support and independence being very thin and sometimes delicate. When caring for the elderly, we can all do our bit to ensure that independence is being promoted. A recent article in the Guardian
suggested that few in the UK feel older people have a good quality of life
. According to Age UK, nearly 900,000 older people now have unmet needs for social care
. With the proportion of older people in the country due to rise from 23% to 28% and the number of those aged 85+ set to double by 2030, we have a joint responsibility as a population to promote quality of life for older people and ensure that we are avoiding negative stereotyping and casual ageism.
This is why our various home care services
can be adapted to every single client's personal needs and requirements, ensuring that older clients receive the quality of care that they deserve. At Sova Healthcare, we also ensure that all staff are compliant with Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Disclosed Barring Service (DBS) procedures, and that all of our care services are defined by providing the best quality of life for everyone regardless of age, gender, disability or illness. Likewise, we all have an individual responsibility to look out, care for, support and assist elderly people as much as we can whilst respecting their independence.
In doing so, here are a few aspects to consider and take into account when engaging with older people:
Older people can be lonely
Loneliness is a key factor when considering quality of life. Now considered a serious public health issue, isolation has been proven to impact blood pressure and is closely linked to depression. Helping limit isolation can help improve an older person's quality of life, while enabling them to remain in the comfort of their own home. Community initiatives are helping to tackle loneliness for those who do not necessarily have any family nearby to see, but likewise, many of us are able to have a positive impact on an older person's life by spending valuable social time with them. Your spare time can be a source of vital companionship and emotional support. Alternatively, we can also provide companionship care services
, helping older people to manage their everyday tasks whilst also keeping them company.
Allowing for independence
If you are caring for an older person, promotion of independence is key to not only quality of life but also to their morale. Often, losing your independence can lead to compensative voluntary isolation, and sometimes even depression. Being supportive and caring is key, and yet not being overpowering or overbearing can really help to promote independence. Considering when you don't necessarily need to assist can not only help mobility but also remind older people that they are still independent and respected. For example, an able older person can often complete simple household tasks, and allowing for this ensures that they are not being made to feel fully dependent and therefore maintain their regular physical activities and morale.
Respecting, nurturing and valuing relationships
Maintaining the promotion of independence as integral to your relationship will naturally raise an older person's quality of life. Some older people may be reluctant, but if you can make someone feel respected and let them know that you are still seeing them as individuals, they will often be instilled with a sense of pride and a heightened sense of identity.
Ensuring that care needs are met
Allowing for independence is crucial, but you also need to make sure that care needs are being met, notably with recent concerns. An older person might decide to opt for domiciliary care services
rather than going to a care home, simply to as to remain in the comfort of their own home and preserve their independence. This is a great decision - if the quality of the care services is adequate.
This is why we at Sova Healthcare strive to offer a wide range of home care services, such as night care services
for the most independent. Indeed, we assess each situation based purely on an older person's needs, and there are a variety of enhanced care options available, such as assisted living, home care, and Alzheimer's and dementia care services
If you are looking for specialist elderly care services, or if you would simply like more information, get in touch
with one of our branches, email us
, or call a member of our friendly team on 0800 688 8866
Although companionship may not seem important in terms of physical care, it plays an incredibly important part in mental well being. Having someone to talk to, and knowing that they are looking out for you, can make all the difference and give you a completely different outlook on life.
At Sova we don’t just care for our customers, we care about them. We recognise the difference companionship can make to individuals, and through our range of personal care services
, the care we provide is tailored to suit your needs, and provide a friend as well as a carer.
We understand that everyone is different, and so when assigning carers we take into account your age, interests beliefs and personality in order to get the best match. We also know how important it is to feel independent and we will work with you to ensure that you maintain as much control over your life as you’re comfortable with.
We know that mobility impairment can affect your ability to socialise, and so our services aren’t limited to simply spending time with your carer in your own home - you can also go out for day trips together and visit family and loved ones, safe in the knowledge that you will have a friend by your side throughout the journey.
Our companionship assistance isn’t just restricted to those who require physical care, we also provide a social companionship service
which provides company and emotional support to those who live alone.
If you think you, or someone you love, could benefit from more companionship in their life, please get in touch
with us today. Please don’t suffer in silence, a friend is closer than you think.
Following last week's blog post - which revealed that 46% of people believe they will have no option but to enter a residential care home in their old age - we at Sova Healthcare would like to highlight some of the ways in which elderly people can be cared for in the comfort of their own dwellings.
We appreciate that professional home care is, by and large, more costly than the alternative, but this needn't be a reason to cross it off your list of options. If your own income will not cover the cost of home care, there are several different ways to claim financial support
that will allow you or your loved ones to enjoy a bespoke home care package (and all the benefits
that this entails).
In the first instance, the best course of action is to contact your local ASS (Adult Social Services) department and inform them of your circumstances. They will perform an assessment to find out if you are eligible to claim financial support for home care.
As mentioned, there are multiple types of funding, including:
- Attendance Allowance: For over-65s with mental and/or physical disabilities.
- Personal Independence Payment: For people aged 16 to 64 with long-term health conditions.
- Continuing Care: NHS-funded care (given outside of a hospital environment) for those with complex medical conditions.
- Direct Payments: Government payments for the elderly and/or disabled. Available to anyone over 16.
Of course, the above list is only a brief summary of the different funding options that may be available to you. For a more detailed overview of potential options, we recommended calling 0800 688 8866 and asking to speak with Sova Healthcare's specialist benefits advisor. We will discuss your specific situation and do our best to recommend a financial support route that will work for you.