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What is elderly care?

Elderly care is additional dedicated support for an older person who wants to continue living at home. Care for elders covers but is not limited to personal care, domiciliary care, housekeeping services, administering medication and much needed companionship.

Not only does elderly home care give you the reassurance that someone will be there to support in a way that is unique to you, but it also gives your family peace of mind that you are being looked after by local carers who put your needs first.

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Elderly care at home or residential care?

There’s lots of things to consider when you’re thinking about care for yourself or a loved one. For many, it can be quite a distressing time that comes about suddenly, perhaps after a fall or stay in hospital, where you realise that you need extra support. But needing care doesn’t mean that you have to move into a nursing home – you can receive high quality care in the comfort and familiarity of your own surroundings with elderly home care from Helping Hands.

Opting for home care means that you don’t have the stress and upheaval of leaving your beloved home, partner or spouse or even your pets – you can stay in your own little haven where you have most likely lived for many years, receiving the care and attention you need to stay safe and well.

What’s more, you get to choose how your care is crafted around you, rather than be told what time to get up in the morning or given a menu for your meals without being consulted. Our carers will provide one-to-one support that’s meaningful to you, working with you to get the very best out of your care package and enabling you to live life on your terms.

When is elderly care necessary?

There are lots of reasons people choose elderly care for themselves or their elderly relatives. Some have time to plan for the future when they know that they might need extra help around the home or getting out and about in the local community, but many tend to have elderly care after their health has declined, both themselves and their spouse need extra support after an illness or their regular caregiver, usually a family member, has realised that they are unable to provide the assistance that their loved one needs.

Elderly care may be needed for help with the housework and domestic duties around the home, including preparing meals, making the beds and keeping on top of the cleaning. Additionally, you may need support with washing and bathing, getting dressed and mobilising safely around your home and being aware of trip hazards. The great thing about home care is that everything can be altered and adapted to your preferences and health needs. For example, for one visit you may want to meet up with your friends at a local day centre or café and need someone to accompany you there safely, but for another visit you may just want to enjoy your garden and prefer to stay at home with the company of your carer.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach with Helping Hands’ support plans, and we really do tailor your care to you.

When to discuss elderly care with a loved one

Admitting that you need care can be quite difficult to do for many in their senior years, particularly if they have been fiercely independent for their entire adult lives. They may be quite resistant to the idea of having someone in their home that they don’t know and may even be worried that needing extra help means that they have to move into a care home. But this isn’t the case. With care at home, they can remain living in the place they know and love whilst receiving support from our fully trained carers on their terms.

To get your loved one used to the idea of having a carer in their home, you may want to take small steps with the type of assistance they receive. To start with, you could suggest they have two 30-minute care calls a week to do the washing up, run the hoover round and make a hot drink, so that they can begin to get into a routine and start to build a rapport with their carers. As they get more comfortable, they could then increase their care hours and begin to help with collecting the shopping, helping to administer medication and supporting with personal care.

Some like to plan in advance for their health needs so they have peace of mind that everything will be catered for should they need support, whereas others may not want to admit that they need care at all. You may have tried to broach the topic of care with a loved one and it’s ended in them being quite resistant to the idea of having extra support, which can be quite common. Preparing properly for a difficult conversation can really help when talking about getting your loved one the support they need but may initially be resilient to. It’s important that you calmly discuss why you think they may benefit from a bit of extra care and have an open two-way conversation to talk through how both of you are feeling.

Advantages of elderly care

There are lots of advantages of elderly home care for both you and your loved ones that are perhaps worrying about how you’re currently coping at home by yourself or with a spouse without any additional help:

  • One-to-one care from friendly, expertly trained carers
  • The ability to stay in the comfort of your own home
  • Support with housework and personal care
  • Adaptable care that can increase to suit your needs
  • Companionship
  • Independence and living life on your terms
  • Staying with a partner, spouse or pet
  • Retain hobbies and friendships in your community

Additionally, if your family live close by, they can still come and visit whenever you would like them to, which may not be as easy to do if you move into a residential care home further away from your community.

Elderly care from a managed home care service provider

Helping Hands is a fully managed care provider that are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), the governing body for care in England and Wales respectively. Unlike care agencies, we are closely monitored to ensure our services are safe, effective and responsive, with a comprehensive training programme for our carers and exceptional leadership. Many care agencies are not monitored by the CQC or CIW, meaning that their service is not regulated and they are able to operate in a way that they want to.

We ensure that all of our carers go through a thorough assessment and selection process, including our award-winning training programme. Furthermore, we look after all of their pay, paperwork and annual leave, which wouldn’t be the case if you were to choose a care agency.

If your regular carer is unable to visit you because they are unwell or unavailable, we will swiftly find a replacement to step in and provide the same high quality of care that you’re used to, without altering any of your routines. We also have an all-inclusive cost for your care instead of paying for each activity or task like you would with a care agency. This means that with Helping Hands, you can adjust your care to fit around you without having to worry about how much things will be and if you can afford additional tasks.

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