Home Care For The Independent: Is It Right For Your Loved One?

Getting old now is much more fun than it used to be, there’s so much out there for the senior citizen, you just need to know where to look! As our parents or loved ones age, they may need extra care and assistance to continue living independently – although they might not be ready to admit it! Home care can provide a great alternative to a residential care home as it allows your relative to remain in the comfort of their own home while getting the help they need but still maintaining their independence and own social calendar. We know it’s not always easy for our clients to accept help, but that’s what we love about so many of our SHC family – the passion and desire to remain fiercely independent. Some of our seniors don’t even know our visits are paid for, we are their friend popping in for a cuppa (and checking everything is ok, doing a few chores, bringing the weekly shop, making a spot of lunch) and a little chat.

 

Benefits of Home Care for Independent Living

Independent living is a term used in the long-term care industry to describe housing and supportive services designed for seniors who need some assistance with activities of daily living, but do not require the level of care provided in a nursing home.

 

There are many benefits to choosing home care over other options, such as assisted living or nursing homes. One of the main benefits is that it allows your loved one to maintain their independence. They can stay in their own home and receive the help they need to live safely and comfortably.

 

Another benefit is that home care services can be tailored to meet each individual’s needs, whether it’s just help with groceries and light housekeeping or more comprehensive assistance with personal care and medication management. While Sussex Home Checks doesn’t provide personal care (washing, dressing etc), we are able to work in partnership with care agencies if your loved one does need some help with this.

 

Finally, home care is typically more affordable than other long-term care options. It is important to compare costs when considering different long-term care options, but you may find that home care is the most cost-effective option for your loved one.

 

For those who do want to stay independent, home care can be a great option.

If you’re considering home care for your loved one, take the time to learn about all of the available services and how they can help your loved one live independently at home.

 

Here are some of the most popular services we offer:

 

Check-ins

A friendly face popping in to make sure your loved one is ok. You choose the level of check-ins you’d like, which can always be stepped up if needed. We will make a cuppa, maybe a spot of lunch, ensure any medication has been taken and do a bit of light tidying while we are there.

 

Meals

We are happy to cook meals from scratch, heat up ready meals and serve with fresh vegetables and we also stock Elegant Feast meals (Henfield based supplier) and can supply these for each visit.

 

Shopping

We can provide a weekly shop service, or just the essentials. We will put it away too, if you like.

 

Prescriptions

We are able to drop off prescriptions to Henfield Medical Centre and collect from Lloyds Pharmacy in the high street.

 

Concierge

For those who would like us to help with phone calls/admin and appointment booking. We have many local trades ready to help you including plumbers, electricians, hairdressers, beauticians, dog walkers – we’ve got it all covered.

 

Telephone Medication Reminder

Telephone reminder service – Available anytime between 7am and 10pm as many times a day as needed to remind your loved one to take their medication.

 

Tea and Cake

Why not add a little something special to your home check service, with tea and cake or fresh coffees?

 

Outings

If your loved one loves a trip to the local café, pub, garden centre or shops, we are more than happy to take them. Last week we took some of our SHC family to Steyning Bookshop, the week before we were at the White Hart and next week we are off to Rushfields. Tell us what your loved one loves to do and we will try and accommodate them.

 

Our main focus is for it to not feel like “care” we want to be part of the family network looking after your loved one and making sure they are having fun, enjoying life. 

 

How to Decide if Home Care is the Right Option for Your Loved One

If you’re considering home care for your loved one but aren’t sure if it’s the right option, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider your loved one’s needs and whether they can be met at home. If they need constant medical care or supervision, home care may not be the best option. Secondly, think about your budget and whether you can afford home care costs. There is financial support available, for example you could apply for an Attendance Allowance. It is not means tested and can help pay for home visits from people like us! Lastly, talk to your loved one about their preferences and whether they would be open to having a caregiver in their home.

 

Some older adults may be resistant to the idea of needing assistance, even if it is just for a few hours a day. In these cases, it’s important to have a conversation about what level of care is necessary and what options are available. Try and tread gently, it is quite tough for some people to admit they need help, and we completely understand. We are happy to work with you to ease your loved one into the idea of receiving help. We know they will love us once they get to know us… we are a fun bunch!

 

If you’re still not sure if home care is the right option for your loved one, reach out to a professional for advice. They can help you assess your loved one’s needs and make the best decision for their care. We are always happy to have a chat to help find the best option for you and your loved one. With the right care plan in place, your beloved can continue living independently while still receiving the support they need.