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Family & Home 1,163 views Sep 27, 2017
Elderly Care Alternatives – Stay In Your Own Home

Residential care homes are places where you can access 24/7 care if you need it, you can socialise with people your own age, and receive help with bathing dressing and eating. They are a good option for many old people but they are not the only option and a care home may not be right for you.


It may be that you want to remain in your own home – there can be many reasons for this; the familiar surroundings, trusted neighbours, a dear pet, or beloved spouse or partner. Maybe you simply cannot bear to be parted with your treasured possessions accumulated over a lifetime or you simply don't like the idea of only having one room to call your own.


However you feel remember that is OK – such feelings are all completely normal, in fact a recent study by theLive-In Care Hub, a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising the quality of elderly care in the UK,recently found that 97% of people would rather have a carer come to their own home if they became frail or unwell, rather than move into a residential care home.

Home Care Services Can Help You

With home care services (or domiciliary services)a carer will come to your home at certain times of the day but they would not be there all the time nor be there during the night (as they would be in a residential care home or if you have a live-in carer). Nevertheless, if your care needs are not too great then home care can provide a wide range of services to help you maintain a certain level of independence. Home care services can include:


  • Assistance getting in and out of bed
  • Help getting washed and dressed
  • Help with hair, make-up or shaving
  • Assistance going to the toilet
  • Preparing or supplying meals
  • Shopping and other errands
  • Taking you to social events
  • Laundry, cleaning and gardening


Live-In Care Services

Similar services are provided by a live in carer but the main difference being that the carer lives with you in your own home. This means they are there during the night if you need help and also have the time to learn more about your individual needs and preferences. They also have time to socialise with you – read to you, watch the television or play cards or board games. Live-in care providers offer qualified individuals who can provide a wide range of services tailored to your needs – even tasks such as dog walking or doing the gardening. Many carers prefer live-in care jobs because they enable them to build up a proper relationship with the client and offer more personalised care without the time pressures of home care or the pressures of looking after several people in a residential care home.


Before you decide which type of care is right for you it is important to understand how they all vary and consider what your specific needs are.Do you need someone to pop in at set times of the day to help with specific tasks like getting out of bed and getting dressed?Or do you need more intensive care with the reassurance of someone always being around? The Live In Care Hub can help you find the information you need to make the right choice.