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Alternative to care homes

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Care in your own home – the real alternative to care homes

We understand that acknowledging and admitting care is needed can be daunting, and many believe the only option is a nursing home or residential care home. But there is a real alternative. Specialist care in your home from a fully trained carer.

Here at Helping Hands, we focus on listening and getting to know you so we can tailor care around your individual needs. We provide the full range of care services in the home, from the round-the-clock support of live-in care through to visiting support when you need it most, whatever time of day or night. By choosing Helping Hands over a care home, there’s one unique difference: constant care and companionship from a carer who’s completely dedicated to you.

Even if you have more complex health needs, with the help of our nursing care specialists, we can build the right care plan for you. Our friendly and professional carers can even offer the same nurse-led support that you receive in a care home, whether that’s assistance with ventilators, catheters, stomas or PEG feeding, to name a few.

Call our team today to find out how we can help you or your loved one to live as independently as possible at home. Call us today on 03300376958.

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What are the alternatives to a care home?

  • Live-in Care – An increasingly popular form of care at home, where a full-time carer lives with you.
  • Moving In With Family – Leaving your home and moving in with a relative who will offer both companionship and help with your daily routine
  • Sheltered Housing – When choosing sheltered housing, the person in need of care will either buy or rent a small apartment in a supervised block, which is overseen by a warden who usually lives on site
  • Retirement Villages – These are housing developments designed specifically for the elderly, usually supervised by an on-site warden

Find out more about the alternatives to care homes in this Which? article.

Benefits of receiving care in your own home

We’ve been caring for people in their own homes for three decades. From our many years of experience, we firmly believe that if you want to stay at home to receive care, you can, regardless of where you are in the country or the condition you’re affected by. You don’t have to move into a residential care home.

There are many benefits to opting for a homecare service over a care home. Choosing home care instead of a residential care home means you can:

  • Stay in the environment you’re most familiar with, around the people and things you know and love the most
  • Have personalised one-to-one support, completely centred around you
  • Keep the same daily rituals and routines, such as the same meals, eating times and family or friends dropping by
  • Concentrate on the things you love doing, whether that’s watching your favourite TV shows, painting or gardening – your carer is there to support as little or as much as you need
  • Ongoing companionship from a carer who fits best in your life and who’s chosen by you

Getting used to a new and unfamiliar environment is difficult at the best of times. Coupled with the disruption to routines and lifestyle, moving into a care home can cause significant amounts of stress, and not just to the individual – it impacts the whole of the family.

With our home care services, any disruption and upheaval are kept to an absolute minimum. Rather than change what you or your loved one are used to, we tailor our care plan to fit completely around you, your routines and your needs.

Call us today for a free visit from one of our care specialists to assess your care needs – whether you’re currently in your own home, in hospital or in a residential care home.

Comparing the costs of a residential care home with home care

Through our 30 years’ experience of carefully matching trained carers with our customers across the country, we’ve seen first-hand the difference it’s made to their health – both physically and mentally. As such, we believe that care in your own home is the only alternative to care homes.

Live-in care from Helping Hands A care home or nursing home
Stay in the comfort of your home, with nurse-led support if needed Moving to a new, unfamiliar environment
Personal, one-to-one attention from your chosen carer Rotation of carers sharing the responsibility for many residents
Keep your existing lifestyle and daily routines Change of lifestyle, with eating and activities at set times
Choose what you eat and when you eat Set menu and regimented meal times
Pets can stay with you at home Rules vary for pets
Live-in care costs
from £1,460 per week
Care home costs
up to £1,041 per week
(source: Which?)
Caring for a couple costs only a fraction more than live-in care for one person Costs double for a couple as you pay for two beds
Funding available – see funding options Funding available

Call us today for an informal chat and get a quote for your care needs. With Helping Hands, there are no hidden fees – we’ll give you a quote over the phone which will be confirmed once your local care specialist has visited you in person.

A carefully matched alternative to care in a nursing home

In a nursing home or elderly care home, you are one of the many people receiving care. Staff rotation is common, which makes it difficult for residents to benefit from individual attention or build a rapport with those providing care.

With home care provided on a one-to-one basis from the comfort of your home, you or your loved one is at the centre of the carer’s attention. Whether you need help moving around the house, doing the chores, cooking meals, running errands or have complex medical needs, your carer is always on hand. We fit around your lifestyle, schedule and routines.

Consistency is hugely important in any form of care. Unlike many home care agencies, we don’t rotate our carers. It means our customers build a relationship with their carer and the carer really starts to understand and listen to their needs.

Ratio of carers to residents in a care home - a case study

A study of seven specialist dementia care homes discovered that the staff to resident ratio averaged at one carer to every four residents.

Compiled by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the study’s findings also highlighted how residents of a care home miss out when there’s a poor staff to resident ratio, with carers spending significantly less time with them.

The differences of staying at home over a residential care home

Your home is so much more than just a building of four walls, windows and doors. It’s a treasure trove that constantly reminds of the happiest of times. Your home is a house for your belongings and a place that’s easier for family and friends to come and visit.

Our home care services cover more than just medical support. We also provide help around the home – from assisting you with basic chores, like washing the dishes and preparing meals, to collecting prescriptions.

Sheila and John’s story: Coming out of a care home

Sheila has multiple system atrophy (MSA) and opted to move into a care home with her husband, John, when he needed to recuperate after an operation.

Although their care in the residential home was comfortable and adequate, Sheila and John wanted to return to their family home and contacted us to find out about live-in care.

John said, “We loved the idea that [live-in care] would allow us to regain control of our lives, that we would be able to choose when to get up or have dinner, that we would be able to do what we wanted when we wanted.

“Having Krista (our live-in carer) here has allowed Sheila and me to continue to stay in our family home with the support we need; we really enjoy having her here.”

If you’re looking at other options to a nursing home or residential care home, then home care may be for you. Call our friendly team today. We can liaise with any professionals in your care home to ensure the handover is as smooth as possible.

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Find out more about the alternatives to care homes

The choice about your care options can be a tough decision to face. It’s not an easy decision to make, and it’s one that requires a significant amount of thought.

But you’re not alone. Our team of care advisors are warm, friendly and more than willing to talk you through our full range of services, the steps involved in home-based care and the costs. Here at Helping Hands, we’re completely transparent about the cost of live-in care, allowing you to make the best decision for you and your family.

Alternative to care homes FAQs

There are a number of alternatives to moving into a residential care home, including:

  • Live-in home care – where a full-time carer lives with you in your home to provide support at all times, maintaining your independence.
  • Sheltered housing – owning or renting your own property in a supervised block, often overseen by an on-site warden.
  • Retirement villages – housing developments specifically for the elderly, that are also supervised by an on-site warden.

Care home costs up to £1,041 per week according to Which?. For this price, you will live in supervised accommodation alongside other residents to a fixed timetable.

Live-in care starts from £1,460 per week and allows you to remain in your own home and community – receiving the bespoke level of support you require to remain independent at home.

With residential care, you move out of your home and community and enter supervised living accommodation, alongside other elderly people. You are likely to receive support from a variety of different carers and have a fixed timetable, such as mealtimes and bedtimes.

With care at home, you maintain your current lifestyle without having to move. You will also receive one-to-one support from a dedicated carer to continue living happily and independently at home on your terms.

To arrange home care, simply call us today to discuss your care needs and when you need them to start.

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