Be prepared and start planning

Be prepared and start planning
May 1, 2015 Sarah Green

Be prepared and start planning

Home care for the elderlyLast month I highlighted how it is important to make some time to talk when we are concerned about the health and welfare of our loved ones. Once you have braved those “touchy subjects” the next step is to consider the main issues.

When living at home suddenly becomes difficult, the first reaction of many is to move into a residential care home. This is not a choice to be taken lightly so it is important to take into account all of the options available.

The thought of leaving your family home that has many memories and a whole way of life can be very overwhelming. The feeling of losing your independence, familiar surroundings and close friends nearby and moving to a strange place can be frightening to say the least.

Consider this:-

  • Do you want to remain living in your own home or go into a Care Home?
  • Would having someone come to your house on a daily basis to help you get washed and dressed; give you some breakfast and help with some household chores make all the difference.
  • If your mobility is not a good as it used to be, could you be at risk of a fall.
  • If so, if you had a live in carer and companion, would that re-assure you and your family that you are properly looked after?

So you may say:-

  • I don’t want to go into a care home but I am not sure about having someone else living in my house.
  • Surely having a carer at home is more expensive.
  • Will I like and be able to trust the people who look after me and will they be reliable?
  • Will I still have control as to how I like to live in my own home?

What are you choices?

  • Staying in at home and consider alterations to accommodate your needs.
  • Arrange help with housework, shopping and anything else you feel would be appropriate.
  • Moving to live closer to a member of your family
  • Sheltered accommodation offers security and support but still allows plenty of independence.
  • Move into a residential home where everything is taken care of.
  • Stay in your own home and have high quality live in carers and companions.

Next month: What are the costs and financial options of home care?


If you would like to discuss the many options available, please contact us on 01829 260280 to make an appointment.

Campaigning to help people remain living in their own homes

We are a home care agency based in Bunbury, Cheshire helping families predominantly across the North West and North Wales, although we are nation-wide.

Bunbury Care Agency is a member of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) and an associate member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers). SOLLA is the only association in the UK that can provide accredited financial consultants who can advise and assist people with the funding of elderly care.

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