Getting the information you need about social care housing options such as residential care homes and respite care can be a little daunting for those struggling to manage on a day-to-day basis, as well as the family members and friends looking on, but it does not have to be! Let us help you understand the social care and support systems that many older people and families rely on to ensure peace of mind and enhanced health and well-being in later life.
What services are available for individuals and families looking for elderly care? Residential care homes are a popular part of elderly care in the UK and many individuals prefer the socialization and active lifestyle that life in a modern care home involves, as well as the care provided by the professionals that work in these residential units. For older people with more complex needs, in regards to daily and medical care, nursing facilities may provide the round-the-clock help that certain older people need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For people looking to live more independently with care on call as and when they need it, sheltered accommodation provides a great alternative. These houses allow elderly and disabled adults to live as independently as they can within a community (which is often gated) full of people of similar ages and abilities.
Looking to stay in your own home but need help with everyday tasks? Help at home services are also a well-known and essential part of our support system. Carers come into homes every day or for a few hours each week to offer help with grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry. More intensive services are also available through a home-help service providing less-able elderly people with assistance washing, preparing food and dressing.
You can also have your home adapted at a cost (costs that are often covered by your Local Authority) to aid you in your quest to remain independent in your own home. Adaptation and provision of equipment can ensure that your home is made more capable and caters to your needs fully.
Once you have decided which type of care and support is right for you or your loved one, you should visit your Local Authority for further information and assessment. They will be able to recommend suitable facilities, provide advice on care costs and finalize the legalities that come with funding and moving into a care home or obtaining extra help at home for those who wish to remain independent.