Becoming less able to cope at home does not necessarily mean you need to go in full time care at a nursing home. The answer is to stay in your own home keeping your friends, relatives and possessions around you without any unnecessary upheaval or stress.
We specialise in elderly, domiciliary and companion care, and can help you remain in your own home for as long as possible offering an alternative to a nursing home or living with relatives. We can support and sustain people in their own home thus promoting independent living and well-being. This helps you to manage your health and activity in a proactive manner. Our care staff can visit you in your own home from just 30 minutes per day, to day-sits of 4-5 hours, or even a full-time Live In carer.
Personal homecare is when you receive help with the personal tasks you cannot manage alone. Personal Care can include assistance with: • Assistance with dressing / undressing • Washing, bath, showering, strip wash, bed bath • Shampooing & drying hair / shaving /toileting / changing incontinence pad • Prompting / administering medication • Assistance with feeding / drinking
At home we can help with Domestic Duties that Include (provided either on a regular basis, or as and when required): • Vacuuming / polishing • Making bed / changing bed linen • Meal preparation • Laundry / ironing • Washing, drying & putting away dishes
We can also provide care support throughout the night if required. These take the form of: Night sleeps – where the carer sleeps over night in your home from 10pm to 8am for peace of mind. Waking nights – where the carer is awake and on duty throughout the night from 10pm to 8am. • Ensuring bed and bedroom are well prepared for going to bed • Assistance with undressing • Help with washing, cleaning teeth, toileting • Prompting / administering medication and providing any drinks, or other items, you may need during the night • On night sits, will be available to you to support you and provide what you may need during the night
Respite care services are provided to relieve your family of care for periods of time. This allows them to have short breaks. Whilst they are on a break, the help and support we can provide include any, or all the following: • Domestics tasks • Personal care • Companionship • Provision of emotional care and support • Escorting to appointments, i.e., GP, hospital, dental, visit to friends, shopping, etc.
Companionship can include: • Escorting to GP, dental, hospital appointments, to visit friends, going shopping, meals out, etc. • Spending time in your home, socialising, discussing topics you are interested, books you have read, TV programmes you like, your background and your aims • To keep you as independent as possible by encouraging you to undertake some tasks on your own, within safe limits • Supporting you in undertakings things you used to like, i.e. gardening, visiting local parks, library, cinema • Play board / card games etc.
Direct payments are payments awarded to you so you can purchase care services once you have been assessed as needing care and the type of care you need. The payment should be enough to enable you to purchase services to meet your care needs, and must be spent only on those care services. Most people are eligible for Direct Payments as long as they can manage their own money. Direct Payments put you in control of your own care. You do not have to use the service recommended by your local council, you can chose any approved care provider and top up the funds allocated to you to purchase additional care services.
Direct payments are means-tested so their value is dependent on a person's income and assets as well as their eligible needs. However, they cannot be used to purchase residential care or services provided directly by local authorities. To qualify for Local Authority funding, you must not have more than £23,250 (England) of savings or assets; if you do, you would not qualify for funding from the Local Authority, or direct payments. If you do not qualify for either of the above, the only other option for obtaining care and support is by becoming a private client and receiving the care and support you need from a local care provider. This would mean you are paying for your own care privately.
If you require care and support the best place to start is by contacting your local authority. Your local authority may be able to pay for your care, if after a care needs assessment, it believes your needs are significant. For many care services the local authority may want to review your income when deciding if you need to pay anything for care yourself. The charging system for residential care is based on national guidance in England. Local authorities have discretion about charging for non-residential care (i.e. care at home). They are not required to charge, but if they do, they must abide by legal guidance. If your local authority pay for some or all of your care, there are a few ways it can do this. It might provide the care directly to you by using its own staff or via an organisation that it has care arrangements with. But, you have the option to be in control of the money and how it is spent on your care. If you are not happy with the local authority’s care assessment you can challenge the decision. Contact your local authority to discuss how to do this.