A limiting or incapacitating disability can make life frustrating, not just for the patient, but for you, too. You might find yourself up at night worrying about certain things, like how much time you might need to put aside to care about the patient, or how much it might cost you, and of course, you’re concerned for your loved one, and what they must be going through. We understand how hard this can be, and that sometimes we may have too much to lose to put aside time to care about somebody, and – as much as you may hate to think about it – you may feel forced to put them in a care home.
But there’s another way; there’s homecare. Homecare is essentially what it says on the tin – companies can send highly-trained carers around to the patient’s house for home visits on timetabled days. You’ll meet with their nurses, thus giving you more of an idea as to exactly who is taking care of your loved one, and both you and the patient have more of a say in exactly how they want to be cared for. There’s also the benefit of having homecare take place in the comfort of the patient’s own home – somewhere familiar and comfortable, as opposed to, say, a care home, which means that the patient, despite their illness, is forced to move to an unfamiliar place with people who they don’t know, thus stripping them of their independence.
Homecare can be considered for a number of things, it is not just about getting your loved one up out of bed and ensure they eat. Homecare can be used to help with alsorts of every day things that can help keep your loved one feeling more indpendent in their own home, can provide company to ensure the patient is not alone for long periods of time and also can provide help with any medical needs. This is all agreed up front and detailed arrangements of how your loved one should be cared for agreed.
There’s also the pragmatic side of homecare. Not only will it save you (and, not to mention, the patient) the stress and hassle of having to significantly change your routine, but homecare also stands to save you money. The average cost of putting a patient in around £500 – 600 per week – a that’s for life - whereas with homecare, you pay in the region of £16.00 per hour, only paying for the hours you need, so you’ll be saving a significant amount of money that would otherwise be spent on putting your loved one in an unfamiliar home that lacks the transparency that homecare offers. Any available saved monies can then be used to make the time that you and your loved one share together more enjoyable, paying for days out, nice things, interesting foods, whatever it is that brings a smile to your faces.
Don't forget asking for a bit of help that ensures your loved one can be cared for at home is often the best way forward!
Article written by Arran Garside and Rebecca Fearn, freelance copywriters who usually don't agree but on this occasion do! They often write for Locala Homecare.