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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.
More details here.

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.

Although we don’t doubt that a nursing home has a place in the care world, there are many instances when live in care is preferable, and certainly more desirable. To help you understand why this is we have come up with 5 advantages that live in care has over living in a care home.

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One on One Care

The first and perhaps most obvious advantage to live in care is that the support and assistance is given on a one-to-one basis. This extra attention means the highest level of care can be administered, and a greater relationship between carer and patient can blossom.

Highest Level of Support

The structure of a care-home means that vital issues and instances may go unreported on the changeover, but with live in care they can provide around-the-clock support – which is of a great benefit to anyone needing a substantial amount of care.

Familiarity

On top of needing care, the thought of moving out of your family home adds an extra burden and stress on the situation – live in care means you can stay in the comfort of your own home while still benefitting from professional support.

Companionship

Having care on a one-on-one to basis means that not only are you receiving more focused care-plans, but it also allows care-givers and clients to form closer bonds. This works for both parties as it provides companionship for those needing care, and friendship for those administering it.

Flexibility

Most providers of healthcare at home can tailor individual plans to meet the needs of that particular client, and the fact all of this is delivered on a one-to-one basis in familiar surroundings means there is complete flexibility to suit their personal needs.