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Choosing the right care

Choosing a care package for yourself or a loved one can be very confusing at times. Search the Internet and you will soon realise people use all sorts of terms to describe different types of care To help cut through the confusion, here are the main types of elderly care available, ranging from a full-time nursing home to just a little home help.

Domiciliary Care

Domiciliary Care – sometimes known as Home Care is provided by a carer, rather than a family member and generally involves helping someone with daily tasks around the house. Domiciliary Care can cover a wide range of care requirements and be used as short term care, for example a few hours a week, or longer term care and even full-time live-in care.

You might take advantage of domiciliary care when you need help with cooking or preparing meals, general nursing care, housekeeping or companionship.

Domiciliary care is a very popular care package as individuals can still live at home maintaining their independence, safe in the knowledge that help is never far away and the day-to-day tasks will always get done.

Respite Care

Respite care is designed specifically to give carers a break from caring, giving them the chance to look after their own health and wellbeing. During respite a skilled care professional would take over the care provision responsibilities for a predetermined amount of time.

Respite care can range from a few hours to a few weeks and might mean an overnight stay in a residential care home or a couple of hours at an adult day care centre.

Day Care

Adult day care can be an ideal care package for those that are unable to stay at home on their own, even for short periods. Generally offered in a group setting, adult care offers supervised care within a safe and secure environment.

One would typically expect to have your meals provided, take part in social and recreational activities whilst having a care assistant close at hand.

Retirement Villages and Sheltered Housing

Retirement village living has become a popular care choice for many elderly people who don’t necessarily need round-the-clock care, but would like the reassurance of having an environment that is easy to manage and care is on hand if necessary.

Sheltered housing usually includes 24-hour emergency help (through an alarm system) and communal areas for socialising and activities.

A retirement village on the other hand will usually have the care resources and services that can be found with sheltered housing, but there is a greater emphasis on communal facilities and activities to increase happiness and wellbeing among residents.

Residential Care

Residential care can generally be split in to two categories – one that provides nursing care and those that don’t. Care homes generally provide more support than sheltered housing with the emphasis on helping with practical tasks such as getting up, washing, getting dressed, eating and taking medication.

If you need to organise care for a loved one, a residential care home (often referred to as a nursing home) may be a suitable option. Many care homes have a registered nurse on site at all times and are therefore able to offer a high level of medical attention should you require it. You may find individual care homes are able to cater for specific disabilities and needs such as dementia care.

Live-in Care

Live-in Care is a relatively new type of care package but has become very popular in recent years as an alternative to residential care homes.

As its name suggests, live in care combines high levels of in home care services with the added independence of life at home.

The benefits of home care extend beyond the physical, so much so that a recent ‘Better At Home’ report showed people receiving live-in care have higher levels of happiness. Simple things like home-cooked meals, independence and maintaining a sense of freedom all contributed to a higher level of happiness.

Sadly most residential care homes are not able to accommodate pets, so one surprising benefit of having homecare is the huge benefit of getting to stay with a beloved pet.

You might think that live-in care is expensive compared to residential care however, fees are comparable – particularly when you are looking at caring for a couple in their own home. Live-in care also provides a much higher level of value, because there is so much dedicated, one to one care.

Hospice Care

Hospice care offers care and support for those nearing the end of their life. The whole aim of this type of care is to focus on reducing suffering rather than curing a condition. It can offer different types of care helping individuals and their loved ones deal with physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs.

Hospice care can include pain medication, therapy and counselling.

Rehabilitative Care

Rehabilitative Care is a simple care solution that is designed to help people suffering from an illness, injury or disease, get back on their feet. Services often take place after a stay in hospital and can offer different types of therapy such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and even speech therapy.

It is the perfect care package to help individuals get back to full strength or adjust to everyday life.

When it comes to care, it is so important to look at all of the options available, hopefully the list above gives you a insight in to the types of care available. If you are looking for a care home in Dorset or would like more information about our live in care options as an alternative to a residential care home please contact us on 01305 779888.