There is one thing you should do when asked to go to a Care Home……
Say No to Care Homes
Everycare (Central Hants) are now doing live-in Care this is a great alternative to going into a Care Home. When someone now mentions a Care Home you can clearly say No! I know a better alternative. How about me staying in my home, with my own things, with the neighbours I know and getting someone to look after me on my own terms.
Live-in Care is a service that give someone on-going care and support in their own home by having someone live with you that is professionally trained.
Live-in care bring s peace of mind because it offers one-to-one care that is personalised and takes place in familiar surroundings. There is no need to go through the upheaval of moving into residential care.
For the service to work properly the Care Worker sleeps in your home so they will need their own room. The service they supply is agreed with you and fully documented so that everyone is clear what service is being supplied.
The Care Worker will give support in the following areas:
- Companionship - Having someone around, someone to talk to and someone to share meals with, all this can make quite a difference to your wellbeing.
- Personal Care - included here is help with bathing, showering, toileting, getting dressed and undressed, applying creams and lotions and help with ensuring the correct medications are being taken.
- Housekeeping – Help with laundry, shopping, cleaning and cooking.
Reasons to favour Live-in Care
- People value being independent and do not want to leave their own home.
- It is comforting to stay in familiar surroundings and not have be limited on what can be kept.
- You can stay with your normal routines and not have to fit in with the requirements of someone else.
- You may have a pet that you want to keep with you.
- You do not want anyone else telling you when your family can visit.
- You want to have a say in who cares for you.
- There is limited exposure to other people’s illnesses.
- Costs are comparable with Care Homes.
- The support given is flexible.
Questions to ask when choosing a Provider
- Is the the agency Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered, this can be checked by looking on the CQC website www.cqc.org.uk where the latest inspection report can, also, be found. The Agency can supply a copy on request.
- Are the Care Workers directly employed by the Agency? This avoids worry about tax, NI and pensions.
- What training is given to the Care Workers? Will I see any proof of this training?
- What happens when a Care Worker is not able to work due to poor health?
- What happens if the support and care I am being given needs changing?
- How is the personal care and support plan drawn up at the start?
- How are the staff that work for me checked prior to starting work for me?