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How do I arrange home care?

If a loved one, or someone close to you, is still in their own home, but has begun to struggle with daily tasks, or is suffering from poor health, it may be time to consider their options for care.

For many people, their first thought of care is to move their family member to a care home. There is always another way, however. Through home care, your relative will be able to stay at home and retain as much of their independence as possible.

The care package that they receive will be tailored to their individual needs, with the carer only helping in the areas that it is needed at the times that assistance is required.

What do I need to do to put home care in place?

The first stage is to contact us by completing an initial enquiry.

We will then ask you to provide us with detailed information about the care needs of your loved one. Once we have this, it’s key for us to gain a full understanding of their requirements for care as well as information about their day to day lives. We’ll do this by running an initial consultation with you and your relative; this will be overseen by a specialist member of our care team. This is the first stage to put in place a tailored care package.

Our care team will look at the best ways to manage any pain that your relative may be feeling and establish ways to cope with any ongoing medical treatments.

Fundamental to our process at this stage is to ensure that all of their feelings and concerns are considered. We can even look at ways to manage stress and anxiety too.

We will work with you to define the most appropriate care package for your family member.
Once this has been established, you will then have the opportunity to view our list of experienced and highly professional carers. This will ensure that we can match the best possible carer with your loved one.

What does home care consist of?

At Cera, all of the home care packages that we put in place for our clients will be tailored to their individual needs.

They may require specialist dementia care, disability care or palliative care. All of their needs will be considered when implementing the most appropriate care package for their individual requirements.

Home care is likely to consist of the following, alongside more specialist care:

· Emotional support and companionship.
· Assistance around the home with things such as washing up, cooking, cleaning, gardening and even looking after pets.
· Help with personal care and hygiene, including washing and bathing.
· Administering medication & prompting to take daily medication.
· Supporting and helping loved ones and family members where necessary

What are the benefits of home care?

There are a number of distinct advantages of home care over residential care homes. They include:

Remaining in familiar surroundings: By remaining at home, your relative will be where they feel comfortable and safe. They will also retain as much independence as possible and be able to do some elements of their previous daily routines. Being somewhere familiar will also assist with conditions such as dementia that affect the memory.

Tailored and personalised care: A tailored care plan means that the care will fit around their individual needs, considering any medical, health and mobility issues that they may have. It will also be provided by a handpicked carer with the required knowledge, skills and experience to look after their specific condition. Care in a residential home is unlikely to be able to be tailored in this manner.

Flexibility: If they are recovering from an illness or time spent in hospital, care at home gives them the flexibility to recover at their own pace in an environment where they feel comfortable.

Involvement of family members and friends: A home care package also provides the opportunity for family and friends to play a greater part in that person’s ongoing care.

Learn more about home care with Cera or contact us on 0333 455 2502 to discuss the needs of your loved one.

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