Homecare services for the elderly in the UK
Whether you’re planning ahead for your own future, caring for a partner or worried about your parents or other older relatives, homecare could be a valuable resource and a great weight off your mind.
From washing the dishes to changing bed sheets or getting from A to B, there are many simple things that can become very challenging when your mobility is restricted. For help staying at home and remaining comfortable and cared for, find out more about the homecare options available in your area.
Being able to stay at home is a big priority for many people who would prefer to remain independent and in familiar surroundings. However, there often comes a time when it’s no longer practical to try and attempt all daily tasks alone. When this is the case, help from a third party is often needed and homecare can be a good solution. Many people choose homecare as an alternative to moving into a care home.
Before picking a homecare provider, you will have to consider the potential costs. It’s possible that you or your loved one may be eligible to help in covering homecare costs. The Money Advice Service has created a valuable resource for anyone who needs to find out more about the cost of homecare.
The NHS has a very useful article about means testing and homecare costs, which provides important information for anyone considering homecare in the UK. The NHS also offers some good tips for choosing appropriate homecare providers as well as some guidance on other potential solutions, find out more about care at home.
Choosing homecare services
There are a number of different homecare services to choose from in the UK and finding the one that works best for your circumstances may take a little bit of research. Get started by reading some essential advice from the UK Home Care Association (UKHCA), which includes everything you need to know about picking the right help as well as a comprehensive list of care providers who adhere to the company’s code of practice. Its find care search asks you to enter your postcode and the type of care needed and provides you with the available options in a matter of seconds.
For some advice about the kind of questions you might want to ask a homecare provider, turn to this handy article from Care Watch. It offers a list of things to think about when picking between different providers as well as a list of appropriate care regulators throughout the UK. Another good place to start looking for potential care options is the Care UK website. The organisation has over 30 years of experience in helping people find health and social care services in the UK. Another potential source for guidance is Carers UK, who have also put together a guide to choosing care at home.
Don’t leave thinking about homecare until the last minute, start considering the various options far ahead of time and rest assured you have a solution you’re happy with.
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