Care & Support options

Support to live independently at home

Has the time come where your relative is starting to need a little extra support around the home? Are you noticing that they’re struggling with things but won’t admit they need help? Do you worry that you don’t live close enough to help? These are common dilemmas but there are many products and services to help your loved one to remain living in their own home.

Choosing care

Regardless of when or how the decision is taken to choose more formal care, including home care, live-in care or a care home, if more time is available to make the decision it will help with what can be a difficult stage of life. Good care is prevalent, however it is always the rare bad instances that will reach the media and taint your view. Thorough, considered research, good recommendations from others and personal instincts are the best tools for choosing good care. However, making sure a care home or home care agency can meet your parent’s specific social, personal, medical and lifestyle needs will help ease the transition.

Care and support at home

If your relative needs more personal care or support to help them remain living at home, there is a spectrum of choice available, from home help support for the little jobs, to home care for help with getting someone up, or live-in care for those who need round the clock support.

Receiving care in their own home can be the first choice for many and can be what best suits their needs. It can also help you and any other relatives to feel reassured, knowing your loved one is in familiar surroundings.

Support in the home used to be for those only needing slight assistance with daily tasks or personal care a few times a day, but this is no longer the case and even those with later stage dementia are being supported to live at home in familiar surroundings.

Choosing a home care agency checklist

These questions may be useful when considering using the services of a home care provider to help you build up a picture of how your relative’s care needs will be met in their own home.

Download home care agency checklist

Residential care options

The thought of moving a relative into a ‘home’ is sometimes the last thing anyone wants to contemplate. That’s probably because most of us know little of the benefits of the many great care homes that positively improve the quality of life for the people who live there.

Negative media coverage of care homes has a lot to answer for, as the right choice can empower your loved one, allow them to meet new people and socialise, and do things they thought they’d never be able to again, all while receiving the support they need. Understanding what care homes offer, how to find and choose the right one and what to expect can help to take some of the mystery and worry out of the decision.

Choosing a residential care home checklist

These questions may be useful when considering care homes to help you build up a picture of how your relative’s care needs will be met and what to look for in a good home.

Download home care agency checklist 

Specialist housing with care schemes

Beyond home care and care homes, there is another option for older people who need some support. Housing with care is a concept which combines independent living, a home with security of tenure, along with care services.

They are varied and diverse but most people are familiar with the traditional model of sheltered housing. Housing with care incorporates sheltered housing along with modern developments to cater to the needs and individual wishes of older people. Due to its nature there are no real definitions of housing with care schemes however terms you may come across include sheltered housing, very sheltered housing, retirement housing, assisted living, extra care or close care.