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Frail Care

What Is Frail Care?

Frailty can be complex and fluctuating; identifying someone as frail is not always easy and will require the skills of an experienced clinician. Frailty may be tested in a variety of ways, to best try and identify how someone needs support. These tests may be done in hospital, a care home or the person’s own home.

If someone has been identified as frail, they will need some level of frail care to help them manage everyday tasks, such as meal preparation, personal care and mobility support. The risk of falls can cause some older people to become isolated and inactive, which can have an effect on both physical and mental wellbeing.

Having a home carer supporting you with day-to-day tasks can mean a welcome visitor, as well as someone who will enable you to live your best life. What’s more, they will encourage you to be as independent as possible, celebrate your successes with you and hopefully soon become a friend.

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Frail Care at Home

Frail care from Helping Hands can be received on either a visiting care basis, where a carer comes to you at prearranged times of the day and carries out the care that you need, or as live-in care, where the carer lives in your home with you around the clock. Both types of care offer the highest standards of support for your needs, including personal care, medication support, meal preparation, mobility support, housework and much more.

Your carer may be just one part of an integrated package of care arranged by the NHS that will also involve other healthcare professionals, such as your GP, district nurse or physiotherapist, for instance.

What Are the Benefits of Frail Care?

If you are living with age-related frailties then you may want to remain living in your own home, in familiar surroundings. This can be beneficial both physically and emotionally due to the comfort and safety you can feel by having precious people, pets and possessions around you.

It can also be beneficial because you’ll know the geography of the home you live in, therefore navigating it should be easier because you know where things are that may pose a trip hazard or other fall risk.

You’ll also already know whether you have steps or uneven ground to traverse if you want to go outside for instance, leading to a greater level of independence and an ensuing positive impact on your mental wellbeing.

Who Is Frail Care For?

Frail care is for anyone living with identified frailties who would benefit from additional support. Many of our customers are concerned about experiencing a fall at home, especially when they live alone, which can cause a great deal of anxiety for them and their families.

Having frail care from Helping Hands can make all the difference to your loved ones’ peace of mind, as especially with a live-in carer supporting you day and night, families have the reassurance of someone being there at all hours to prevent falls or raise the alarm if something was to happen.

How Do I Arrange Frail Care at Home?

Arranging frail care with Helping Hands is very straightforward. Call our customer care specialists seven days a week and they’ll arrange for one of our dedicated managers to come to your home and conduct an assessment. If you’d rather contact us via our website that is no problem, as we’ll be happy to call you back.

What Are the Costs of Frail Care?

With Helping Hands, there are never any hidden costs. When your needs have been assessed, your care package designed and the pricing communicated to you, that is what you’ll pay; avoiding any nasty surprises when the bill arrives.

Visiting Frail Care

Here’s an outline of our visiting care fees. Your quote will be tailored to you once you’ve spoken to your local care team:

  • Prices start from £20 per hour for one-to-one personal home care
  • Flexible costs for visits lasting 30, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Prices depend on your location and specific care needs, with differences for overnight care and support provided during weekends and bank holidays
  • Call-out fee of £4.25 per visit to cover travel costs
  • Free home visit from your local care specialist to assess your needs (for care lasting more than a month) and ongoing support from a dedicated contact to ensure you’re happy with our service

Live-in Frail Care

Live-in Care costs vary depending on the level of support needed, but costs start from:

  • £1,125 per week for a single person
  • £1,425 per week for a couple

This means that live-in frail care can be cost effective for couples, allowing them to stay in the home and the community that they know and love.

Page reviewed by Jackie Geary, Regional Clinical Lead on November 8, 2021