What are the benefits of getting help at home?
Getting help at home instead of moving into a care home can be a significant alternative for you or a loved one. There are numerous benefits to home care, most of which you can probably think of for yourself. Here are just some that we have found:
Comfort. You will have spent years making your house a home, so where else would you feel as comfortable. Sometimes just simple adaptations to your house such as handrails, hospital style beds or moving furniture can make your daily routine a lot easier, helping you to cope at home.
Independence. Living in your own home gives you a lot more control over your day to day routine, without depending entirely on other people. All support services are adapted to meet your needs and wishes, and can help you to engage in things you may have previously written off as too difficult.
Personalised care. Whilst care homes do offer flexibility in services to meet your wishes, they are restricted by the needs of everyone. Getting support at home means you can choose what you do, and get the help solely with activities you may be struggling with.
Family involvement. When you’re at home it allows your loved ones to be as involved as they like, which isn’t always possible if you weren’t at home. Family involvement in creating care plans can also open up more opportunities.
Early intervention. Research suggests that having help at home early can help prevent or at least postpone the need for residential care. Home care services can improve your day to day living substantially, but also improve your own capabilities to do as much as you can for yourself.
Cost. Receiving care at home might be a lot cheaper than moving into a care home, depending on the amount of care needed. AGE UK detail how care home fees will vary depending on the area that you live in, the individual care home itself, plus your own personal financial circumstances. Costs average around £600 a week for a care home place and over £800 a week for a place in a nursing home.