Alternatives to Care Homes

Providing You with an Alternative to Care Homes

As a provider of home-based care services for more than 25 years, 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 live-in care service over a care home. The main advantage is that the person receiving care can stay in an environment they’re most familiar with. They can be around the people and things they know and love best.

Getting used to a new and unfamiliar environment is difficult at the best of times. Coupled with the disruption to routines and lifestyles, such a move can cause significant amounts of distress and not just to the individual – it impacts the whole family.

With our live-in services, we keep disruption and upheaval to an absolute minimum. Rather than change what you or your loved one are used to, we tailor our care plans to fit around established routines. Our carers can also provide the nursing-led support residential care homes can provide, including PEG feeding, catheterisation, insulin injections, stoma and convene, to name just a few.

A One-To-One Alternative to Care in a Nursing Home

In a nursing home there are many people receiving care.

In fact, a report produced, from a sample of seven specialist Dementia care homes, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that staff to resident ratios in residential care homes averaged 1:4. It was also found that the poorer the staff to resident ratio was, the more pressure the care home staff were under and the less time they had to spend with the residents as a result.

Helping Hands, however, delivers one-to-one live-in care. This means that you or your loved one is at the centre of the carer’s attention. They’re fully committed to ensuring that yours or their medical needs are always provided for.

Staff rotation is also common at many nursing and elderly care homes. This means that residents don’t get to build up that rapport with the person responsible for providing their care. They also don’t have that consistency. And consistency is hugely important in any form of care.

We don’t rotate our carers, meaning our customers can build up a relationship with their carer. This approach also enables the carer to really understand and listen to the needs of the individual.

What Difference Does Staying At Home Over A Residential Care Home Make to you?

The home is so much more than just a building with four walls, windows and a door. It’s a treasure trove that constantly reminds us of the happiest times in our life; it houses possessions with sentimental value, and it’s easier for family and friends to come and visit.

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

Coming Out Of A Care Home

Many of our customers have tried a care home and decided it’s not for them. If this is the case for you or your loved one, we can visit you and your family to discuss an option that does work for you. To keep that level of continuity, we liaise with any professionals currently involved in providing care in a home.

How Do Care Home Costs Compare with Home Care Costs?

Live-in care from Helping Hands Residential Care Home
Remain in the comfort of your own home with nursing-led care if needed v Move to a new unfamiliar environment
Costs from £924 per week v Cost up to £960 per week *
One to one attention v Many carers sharing responsibility
Continuity of customer’s life style is maintained v Change of lifestyle
Funding available. Please see our Costs & Funding section for more information v Funding available
Choice of what you eat and when you eat it v Set menu and regimented meal times
Pets can remain at home v Rules vary
Significant cost savings for couples v Paying for two beds

 *Source Better Caring Website:


Finding Out More About Alternatives to Care Homes

The choice between a nursing home and one-to-one care in the home is one of the toughest you’re likely to ever face. It’s not an easy decision to make, and it’s one that requires a significant amount of thought. However, you’re not alone. Our team of care advisors are warm, friendly and more than willing to talk you through the steps involved in home-based care, our services and the costs.

Call us on 0808 180 9455 for an informal chat with our Customer Advice Team – we are open 7 days a week.

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