Care plans to fit your family’s needs
At Elder, we offer one of the UK’s most comprehensive private care assessment services. We conduct a full investigation into your loved one’s physical, emotional and logistical requirements and provide a full appraisal which informs our tailored in-home care plan.
Many older people are also eligible for financial support from their local authority when paying for residential care. The Elder team can help guide you through the process of applying for this support by helping organise a ‘care needs assessment’ with the local authority to determine eligibility.
We then use the findings of these medical, financial and support care assessments to identify the ideal Elder care professional and plan to ensure that your tailored service is delivered to fit your family’s specific needs.
Whether your loved one is living with serious conditions such as alzheimers or multiple sclerosis, or has isolation or mobility issues, our care assessment process ensures that their care programme begins with the right plan in place.
What is an Elder care assessment?
Our care assessment process is designed to ensure that your loved one receives the highest quality care possible. We also seek to understand their emotional support needs and help them retain as much of their independence as possible.
Full care needs survey
Our comprehensive survey documents ensure that we get the full picture of your loved ones unique needs and circumstances
We share the results and recommendations of our care assessments with the care recipient’s family first to provide a fully open process.
Care plan recommendations
Once a care assessment has taken place, we produce a bespoke care plan proposal for your loved one based on what we learned.
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Real life story: Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.
We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
Complex care condition expertise
Elder care assessors offer detailed care appraisals for people suffering from a huge range of conditions, from dementia and hypertension to diabetes and stroke. We understand their unique requirements and progression.
Experienced care assessment professionals
Older people across the UK dealing with long-term health issues have a diverse range of care support needs. Elder’s trusted care assessment team offers a high degree of extensive and up-to-date medical and care expertise.
Emotional needs are central
Our care assessments follow a holistic process for determining the ideal care plan structure for your loved one. We understand that full-time care can be a stressful time for patients and their families, that’s why we ensure that emotional needs are central to our investigation.
Frequently asked questions
What does a care assessment involve?
We believe that every older person deserves to live happily and comfortably, retaining as much of their independence as possible in the comfort of their own homes. We achieve this for our customers through understanding the unique requirements of the individuals we care for. Our comprehensive care assessment process helps us create the perfect care plans for your loved ones.
We will send you a comprehensive survey document for you to fill out. We use this to learn more about your loved one and find out how they are managing with day-to-day tasks and any existing medical or mobility issues. This will cover a number of areas including:
– Physical ability to complete household jobs like cooking, cleaning and personal care tasks such as bathing or using the toilet
– Emotional and social status, including whether they struggle with loneliness or isolation and could benefit from more company day-to-day
– Whether they have any pre-existing medical conditions and what physical or emotional impact this is having on them, or may have in the future
– What kind of carer they would like to have and what qualities would make them most comfortable
– All other factors that may help us get a sense of the kind of carer who would give them the highest level of care
Once we have gathered this information, we use it as the basis for a comprehensive care plan which, in turn, will inform which of our expert home carers we recommend to fulfill your needs.
How will my family know the result of the care assessment?
No family should be left in the dark about their loved one’s care needs or the people who are administering their care.
We involve the care recipient’s family at every stage of the assessment process, offering far-reaching reports on their physical, mental and emotional status and how it may change in the future.
All of our care plans are supported by the findings of our care assessments, which we take the older person’s family through step-by-step to ensure that they are kept fully abreast of our process and rationale.
We also look for areas of the care plan in which the family can support our carers and help give their loved one the most comfortable day-to-day experience possible.
Does a care assessment involve a medical assessment?
No, our assessments investigate the individual care needs of an elderly person wishing to receive care in their own home, along with their own personal circumstances.
While we don’t run medical assessments ourselves, the care recipient’s medical status, history and potential future are all central to our care planning process.
Understanding how an existing or ongoing medical condition may affect an older person’s physical, mental or emotional state is a hugely important factor in providing a level of care that gives them the maximum level of comfort and independence.
Does a care assessment involve a financial assessment?
Our professionals will discuss your family’s financial situation to determine whether a care recipient is eligible for financial support from their local authority to pay for live-in care. We take all of these factors into account and create a bespoke care plan accordingly.
Who is eligible for financial support from their local authority ?
Eligibility for this kind of financial help depends on the value of your loved one’s liquid assets (i.e. all assets excluding property). The local authority will conduct the care needs assessment independently of your Elder care assessment.
If the total value of their liquid assets is less than £23,250, they will be eligible for financial support. In Scotland, the value of their total capital can’t exceed £28,000.
For more information on paying for care please read our Cost of Care in 2020 Guide.