Embracing Care: The Advantages of Home Care and Care Homes

As our population ages, the conversation around care options for the elderly becomes increasingly important. Loveday’s recent Later Life Survey has highlighted many fears harboured by the nation when it comes to enlisting care for a loved one.

In the survey, 83% of UK adults expressed concerns about placing a loved one or dependent into care. A considerable 33% admit they would feel guilty about making such a decision and 1 in 10 people worry about how to bring up the subject of care with a loved one.

Below, Cat Dowling, Membership Manager at Loveday explains some of the key advantages of home care and care homes, addressing common questions from prospective clients to help ease the apprehensions associated when choosing care solutions.


Care Considerations by Cat Dowling

Finding care solutions for loved ones in need can be a hugely emotional journey and we understand the enormous impact this can have on every involved. However, when the right care is enlisted, it is transformative and I regularly have families telling me how they had wished they had sought care sooner, as smiles return and the burden of chores is removed.

The first step when researching care options is to identify the type of care that is required, taking into consideration the prognosis and projected long-term care needs. Many fears stem from a lack of understanding of the available care options. Providing clear and transparent information about the benefits and processes of both home care and care homes can help alleviate concerns.


Advantages of Home Care

There are many benefits of home care for people and it is often a first step in the care process which can help ease the transition into residential care. Home care offers familiar surroundings, personalised care and attention, independence and family support.

One of the primary advantages of home care is the ability for individuals to age in the comfort of their familiar surroundings. Being in a familiar environment can contribute significantly to emotional wellbeing and overall happiness.

Home care allows for personalised, one-on-one attention from a few hours a week to round-the-clock care. Caregivers can tailor their approach to meet the unique needs and preferences of the individual, building a strong and personalised care relationship, which often turns to companionship.

Home care promotes independence by enabling individuals to maintain a level of autonomy. They can be supported to maintain their independence as much as possible, so they can continue to participate in their normal daily activities, make decisions about their routine and have more control over their day-to-day lives.

Home care encourages family involvement in the caregiving process. It allows family members to actively participate in the care of their loved ones, creating a strong support system that can enhance the overall quality of life. It is often used as a way to share the caregiving, so the main caregiver can have some respite and everyone can participate.

Advantages of Care Homes

Residential care homes provide round-the-clock professional support. Trained staff are always available to assist with medical needs, emergencies and daily activities, ensuring a high level of care and supervision at all times, particularly beneficial to those with higher care needs.

Care homes offer a community environment where residents can socialise, make friends with like-minded people and engage in various activities. This social interaction contributes to mental and emotional well-being, combating feelings of isolation that some individuals may experience at home.

Care homes often have specialised services to cater to different needs, including those with dementia, Parkinson’s mobility issues or other specific health conditions. This ensures that residents receive the appropriate care and attention for their requirements.

Living in a care home means residents don't have to worry about household chores or maintenance tasks relieving them of physical burdens. It enables them to focus on enjoying life and participating in recreational activities, being cared for in the manner they wish to be.

Easing Fears About Enlisting Care

Navigating the decision to enlist care can be a daunting prospect, especially for those with concerns about long-term commitments. This journey involves careful considerations and there are several steps which can help ease fears to ensure more informed choices.

Exploring short-term care options, involving loved ones in decision-making and visiting care homes can contribute to a smoother transition and provide individuals with the confidence to embrace the support they need:

Some individuals may be hesitant to commit to long-term care immediately. Offering short-term respite or a trial period can help individuals experience the benefits firsthand and make informed decisions based on their comfort and preferences. It can help with the transition to full time care when the time is right.

As the survey highlights the guilt people feel about enlisting care for a loved one, it’s important to talk about the steps being taken, explain the reasoning and include family members in the decision-making process. This can provide emotional support and assurance in the decision-making process. Discussing concerns openly and involving loved ones in planning can also help create a smoother transition into care.

For those considering care homes, arranging visits to different homes can demystify the environment and showcase the positive aspects. Seeing the living conditions, interacting with staff and observing daily activities can help individuals feel more at ease. Read more about top tips for choosing a care home here.

There are numerous advantages of enlisting care with benefits to both home care and residential care homes which can enhance the wellbeing of individuals through the ageing process. It’s important to thoroughly research and communicate with loved ones about their wants and needs and where possible facilitate a gradual transition to help ensure comfort, optimal health, happiness and quality of life.

Published: 18th of March 2024 by Loveday & Co

Tagged: Dementia, Loveday

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