How many hours will a home carer work?
Home care is almost always the best choice when a loved one wants to keep their independence. A home carer can work for up to 48 hours a week providing a range of care services. The hours that they work caring for your loved one will depend on the type of care at home they need.
Help at home
Care at home is very flexible and can be temporary or long term. Your loved one may need a live-in carer for a few weeks as they get over an illness. Or they might want a hand getting dressed in the morning or with other everyday tasks. They may need a home carer to pop in every day or simply once or twice a week.
Home care is an increasingly popular choice in the light of so much adverse publicity associated with residential care, not to mention the spiralling costs. Many older people simply need a degree of support to stay safe and comfortable in their own homes. A carer can provide hourly visiting care or overnight care for your loved one. If they need more support, then a live-in carer may be the right choice.
What is hourly care?
Most people prefer to stay in their own home as they get older. But they may start to struggle with everyday tasks which is when hourly care can help. A home carer provides flexible help that could involve visiting every morning to help with washing and dressing or popping in a couple of times a week to help out by running errands or preparing meals.
Hourly care is high quality but low impact so a loved one can get used to the idea of having some help to remain in their home. If a loved one needs companion care to help them stay in touch with friends, follow the pastimes they love or even look after a pet, hourly care fits the bill.
What does hourly care involve?
Hourly care can involve different levels of care and support including:
- Paying bills and doing admin
- Light housework and gardening
- Help with bathing and dressing
- Monitoring medication
- Preparing meals
- Making travel arrangements
- Specialist care including dementia care
The benefits of hourly care
First and foremost, hourly care means that your loved one can remain in their home surrounded by their friends and family. One to one hourly care lets a new friendship with the carer develop. It’s also flexible enough to meet the care recipient’s changing needs. They’ll enjoy a better quality of life without the upset and upheaval of downsizing and relocating to a residential care facility.
Dulcie is one of our longest serving customers. In this short video, she talks through the reasons behind her, and her family’s decision to choose full-time home care rather than the care home.
What is overnight care?
If a loved one feels unsafe at night or needs help going to the bathroom, overnight care at home will make them feel more secure and comfortable. If they have difficulty sleeping alone, then overnight elderly care can help there too.
Having access to a trained carer through the night can help a loved one to manage medical conditions or get over an illness. They may be restless at night because they’re living with dementia. Arranging specialist overnight dementia care can give everyone peace of mind.
A carer will either sleep in the care recipient’s home or may stay awake all night, depending on the reasons for organising overnight care.
What does overnight care involve?
Overnight care includes help with going to the bathroom and getting ready for bed. A carer can also supervise taking medication and changing position in bed to keep an older person comfortable through the night. A trained dementia carer can calm down a loved one who may otherwise become distressed if they wake during the night.
The benefits of overnight care
Overnight home care helps to ensure that the care recipient gets a good night’s sleep, especially if they’re anxious or lonely. It can also help an older person to recover after an illness by making sure that they take their medication and are comfortable through the night. Overnight home care can help those living with dementia feel safe and secure in their own home.
What is live in care?
Live-in care is the popular alternative to moving into a residential home. It offers older people the opportunity to live as independently as possible while being confident that their changing care needs will be met. For anyone living alone, it’s also an opportunity to make a new friendship with a trusted carer.
If your relative prefers to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their home but day to day tasks are getting increasingly challenging, a live-in carer offers the best of both worlds, ensuring continued enjoyment of a much-loved environment without the risks associated with living in isolation and loneliness.
What does live in care involve?
Because a live in carer lives with the person they’re caring for, they can provide round the clock care. That could include:
- Help with washing, dressing and going to the bathroom
- Mobility in the home and support to get out and about
- Companionship and support
- General housework including preparing meals
- Filling prescriptions and overseeing medication
- Offering reassurance at night
The benefits of live in care
Choosing a live in carer enables a loved one to remain in their own home and keep their independence. A live in carer can offer as much or as little support as is needed and can help to keep daily routines running smoothly. The carer can share hobbies and interests or simply be someone to watch a film with. Importantly, they can lend emotional support which stops older people feeling lonely, anxious and isolated.
Home care: Frequently asked questions
Everyone’s individual situation is different which is why we undertake a comprehensive free care assessment for those who are considering home care as a care option for themselves or their loved ones. There are, however, certain questions which come up time and time again which is why we’ve created this frequently asked questions about home care page in order to give you the information you need to assess your options.
Home care: how does it work?
Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements.
Home care: How do I pay for It?
There are various ways of paying for home care and dementia care, but understanding the various options of care provision can seem very daunting at first.
Home care: how to choose a care provider
Choosing which company to employ to provide care for yourself or a loved one is an important decision and you need to carry out some research beforehand.
Home care: how to find a carer
People usually want to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as they can, but as they grow older there is often a need for some support with this.
Home care or nursing home: what's the difference?
Deciding whether your needs can be met by care at home or whether you need to go into a nursing home is an issue faced by many older people.
Home care: the questions you need to ask
If you are looking for in-home care for yourself or a relative, there are a number of important questions to ask potential providers of care at home before you make a decision about which one is most suitable for you or your loved one.
Home care: what are the costs?
The costs of home care to an individual can vary widely and are dependent on many different factors. These include the type of care needed, how many hours a week you need a caregiver to be present, your own financial situation, where in the UK you live and whether you are eligible for any assistance with your care fees.
Home care: what does it provide?
Home care is a good way of providing elderly care and care for people who are recovering from illnesses or have mobility issues.
Home Care: When Is It Appropriate?
There are many different times home care can be helpful. Sometimes just a short period of care at home is enough to make a difference, but more often families may decide that they need an extended period of elderly care in the home for an older family member.