What Steps Do I Take to Find Elderly Home Care?
To find elderly home care, you should follow the steps below:
- Decide on your loved one’s specific requirements
- Search for suitable care providers
- Question potential care providers
- Check care providers’ experience
How do I find elderly home care?
If you are looking for elderly care for a loved one, it is important to have a clear idea of what kind of care they need and what level of help they require.
Some older people can manage to retain their independence with just a little input from a carer who will help with tasks they can no longer manage, but others may need 24-hour care, to ensure that they can remain safely in their own home.
Step 1 - Decide on your loved one’s specific requirements
It can be useful to list exactly what your loved one wants from the home care provider, so sit down with them and talk about the activities that they need help or support with. In addition to help with personal care, older people often find that they need assistance with more general household tasks, such as laundry and meal preparation. If this is the case, then live-in care can be a very cost effective option.
Not only will the carer be available to help with things such as washing, dressing and mobility issues, they will also carry out other domestic tasks. If your loved one is at risk of falls or needs someone around to keep them safe, care at home from a live-in carer can give you the peace of mind you need, if you are unable to be with them as much as you would like.
Step 2 - Search for suitable care providers
When your loved one’s needs have been clearly identified, you need to find a reputable care provider. It is possible to employ a carer privately, but this can be fraught with difficulties. If you are able to find a suitable carer, you would need to make extensive checks before offering them employment.
A contract of employment would have to be drawn up and you would need to take financial considerations such as National Insurance contributions, income tax and pension contributions into account. Another problem with arranging elderly care privately for your loved one is the need to cover time off and holidays.
Some companies are simply introductory agencies and do not directly employ carers. Although they may screen potential employees, you still have the same legal and financial responsibilities regarding the employment as you would if you found the carer privately.
A care provider will not only carry out all the necessary pre-employment checks, but will also ensure that the carer has the training they need to provide the high quality care your loved one needs, and when the carer needs time off, their place will be filled by another appropriately trained and experienced carer. Some care providers cover a limited area, but others, such as Elder, can provide live-in care at home throughout the UK.
Dulcie’s care story
Dulcie is one of our longest serving customers. In this video, she and her family talk through their decision to arrange care in the home rather than the care home.
Step 3 - Question potential care providers
Ask possible care providers about their recruitment procedures and how they choose the carers they employ. DBS checks should be carried out on anyone who works with vulnerable older people, and care providers should also ensure that the carer is legally entitled to work in the UK.
If your loved one has specific needs, ask the care provider about how these would be met. Companies such as Elder will aim to match their live-in carers with the specific care recipient, so that in addition to being able to meet their physical support needs, they will also be able to support them in social activities or interests.
Although you may have a good idea of your loved one’s needs, the care provider should draw up a detailed care plan that outlines the care required. You and your loved one should be involved in this so that the carer is aware of their needs, likes and dislikes and individual requirements.
Having a live-in carer means that your loved one will be able to make choices about all aspects of their daily activities, such as what time to get up, what to wear, what to eat and how to spend their time.
Step 4 - Check care providers’ experience
If your loved one has a condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, they may need a carer who is specially trained and experienced in dementia care and this should be clarified at the start. People living with dementia are often much more happy and settled if they are able to remain in their own familiar environment, so care at home is the ideal solution.
Care companies such as Elder ensure that their carers have the training they need to care for people with a wide range of problems. If your loved one has had a stroke, has diabetes or needs special help with other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, they can still be supported to remain in their own home and live as independently as possible. Palliative care in the home can also be arranged to make this stage of your loved one’s life as relaxed and comfortable as it can be.
An Overview of Elderly Live-in Care
Rather than having to move out of familiar surroundings and learn to adapt to a completely new way of life, care-at-home packages allow your loved one to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own home, with help available throughout the day and night to provide assistance wherever, and whenever, it is needed.
What Are the Different Types of Elderly Care?
If your loved one can no longer cope with living on their own without assistance, you should speak to them as soon as you can to discover what type of care they’d like to receieve from the four main types available.
What is Elder Care?
There are many different types of elder care that are aimed at helping people who can no longer carry out all the normal activities of daily living by themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions About Elderly Care At Home
With so many options available to those looking for care for themselves or their loved ones, it’s important that all questions are answered before making a decision around what type of care to choose. Live-in care is becoming a more and more popular choice for elderly people and their loved ones. Not only does it enable the older person or couple to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, but also allows for far more flexibility and control over their day-to-day lives than would be the case with other traditional care options.
Elderly Care: What if Elderly Parents Refuse Care?
Growing older and less able to maintain an independent lifestyle can be hard for an older person to come to terms with, so if your loved one needs help but will not accept it, you need to approach the subject tactfully.