At Healthcare support, we accompany many families through this tough journey to make it as easy as possible for everyone. We've acquired a lot of experience and knowledge along the way and want to share it with you so that you are prepared and fully understand your options.
We know that the world of care can be complex and is sometimes difficult subject to talk about. That's why we've put together useful guides to help you live well as you age, help prevent accidents and hospital visits, maintain your health and wellbeing and also help you choose the right support and care option for you.
We're convinced ageing doesn't have to be a difficult time and that you should enjoy it in the comfort of your own home for as long as you can.
Many people face a choice between whether their loved one can stay at home or may need to go into a residential care home. It is important at these times to understand that it can be possible to provide the level of care a person needs while allowing them to stay in their own home. This is often less upsetting and is better for the person's mental wellbeing as moving into a care home can be stressful and confusing for some people. While the choice of care for a loved one should not be made solely on financial grounds, there is often a financial benefit of choosing home care compared to moving into a care home full time.
Care Homes cost around £31,000 per year. £646 Weekly cost.
Healthcare Support £13,104 per year
What is Home Care?
Unlike resident care, home care services allow your loved one to stay living in their own home whilst getting the help and support they need. whether they're just looking for company or need someone to keep the house clean and prepare meals.
Home care is a great solution for someone who needs extra help in and around the house, as it allows them to remain independent and live happily within familiar surroundings. It's also a great relief for family members who might not be able to provide support every time it's needed or live far away and need peace of mind that their loved one is safe and well.
Caring for People living with Dementia
Our relationship-centred approach enables our carers to provide personalised care that:
You can rest assured that you will have the right team in place to look after your loved one with dementia.
In the kitchen:
Many accidents typically happen in the kitchen. Taking measures such as keeping knives and sharp objects properly stored, using rear hot plates on the stove and tucking away loose clothing when cooking can help you stay safe in the home.
It goes without saying but you should never leave cooking unattended and avoid carrying hot liquids any further than necessary.
A refrigerator door is a good place to pin emergency contact information. Be sure to include mobile, work and landline phone numbers for your next of kin, your GP and a list of all medications you currently take.
In the Bathroom:
The chance of slipping and falling in the bathroom is higher than other rooms - slippery floors, awkward toilet seats and manoeuvring in and out of the bath can all pose a risk, particularly if you are less mobile or become frail. Installing grab rails near the shower and toilet can help prevent falls, as well as placing a non-slip bathmat to provide more grip.
In the Bedroom:
The bedroom is also a common place for falls to happen, particularly when getting in and out of bed. Check the height of your bed and consider installing bed rails or raisers to make it easier to get in and out of bed. It's also worth making sure the bedroom is clutter free and well lit.
In the Living Room:
Often, falls are caused by a slip or a trip on the same level, for example over a rug or mat. Take time to make sure your furniture is steady, comfortable and easy to get in and out of. Another tip is to install level handles on internal doors as they are easier to grasp and use.
On the Stairs:
Stairs are one of the biggest risks when it comes to falls so there are things you can do to improve safety in this area of your home. Make sure there are solid hand rails in place to grab for balance. Ensure the carpet or runners are firmly fixed down and remove any rugs. Again, ensure the area is well lit during night and day.
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