Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2013

Practical Advice On Long Term Care For The Elderly

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Practical Advice On Long Term Care For The ElderlyIf you’re in a position where you need to find long term care for a relative, it can be difficult to ascertain what the best solution is. Take a look at the following to find out everything you need to know to make an informed choice about the care path you pick.

Choosing Long Term Care

When choosing long term care it’s essential to remember that not all care homes or caregivers will provide the same service. However, you can perform some quick checks to ensure the care your considering is right for you. Look for the following:

  • Within budget
  • Well qualified staff
  • Enough staff to meet the client’s needs
  • Care than enhances the quality of life of the client

Different Kinds of Care

If you have a family member whom has become vulnerable within their own home, there are several long term care options to choose from.

Home Care

All types of care can be given at home, whether it’s cleaning, bathing or administering medication. It’s possible to find funding for home care from the NHS and social services, but depending on your own circumstances, you’ll be required to make a financial contribution too. You can also find funding help from charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Day Care

If you’re a carer then the person you care for may be entitled to attend day care services as part of their benefit support package. Local authorities can supply carers with details of appropriate centres in their area. Great day care can provide carers and those being cared for with a great opportunity to socialise, meet other people who understand their situation and get out and about!

Community Support

A range of support services can be enlisted by home carers, including meals on wheels, respite care, day care and transport. Community support could include employing someone to check in every day, do some shopping and keep the house clean, which in many cases helps keep the person being cared for in their own home for longer. If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, adult day care centres can help older people with degenerative conditions to continue to live in the community and give carers a well-deserved rest.

Supported Living

Supported living is a great option for older people who don’t need 24 hour help. Residents still maintain their independence but have the added security of a warden who can reach them quickly if anything happens.

Care homes

Some care homes provide round the clock general nursing care whilst others offer specific services for a particular group, such as dementia sufferers. If you’re caring for someone with dementia enlist a social worker to assess their needs and advise you as to the type of care home they require. They should be able to recommend suitable homes in your area or if possible, find ways to allow them to continue to live at home.

Niamph Rutherford is a fully trained careworker with over twenty years’ experience of caring for the elderly. Having retired from a full-time position, she currently writes advice articles on behalf of St Georges Agency in Essex, UK.

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