Finding the right care home for yourself or a loved one can be a difficult process, particularly when it comes to the question of how you'll fund the care provided.
With so much to think about it's easy to feel overwhelmed but we're here to help you get started and try to simplify the home finding process. We are a leading care publisher and if you need help talk to one of our care team, they will endeavour to point you in the right direction.
As already mentioned care funding is an important factor to be taken into consideration. Long term care reform is very much on the agenda and elderly care matters even more as we are all living longer thus placing a bigger burden on the care sector.
In a recent report commissioned by the British Geriatric Society it estimated that there were 375,260 elderly people living in care homes in England, of whom 76 per cent were women.
It also warned that many primary care trusts assume that once patients are in residential homes they no longer need NHS care. So the reality is that more elderly ladies than elderly gentlemen will benefit from residential care services in the future.
Registered care providers are very much feeling the strain and this is supported by the fact that care workers are no longer in plentiful supply. Personalised care is at the heart of what care home owners do best. Many homes deliver a comprehensive range of care under one roof, including dementia, nursing and respite care.
It is appreciated that no two elderly residents are the same, but compassionate experienced carers & nurses ensure that each person receives the care that's tailored to their individual needs and wishes.
Dual-registered care homes are worth considering because they accept residents who need both personal care as well as nursing care. This means that someone who initially just needs personal care but later needs nursing care won't have to change homes when the time comes.
When people do need to arrange care, it is generally due to a crisis in their circumstances. It's very difficult to predict what care opportunities will be available and therefore to plan ahead is a must.
Nowadays, councils are rationing services by only offering support to people with very high levels of care needs. At this time people with fewer needs, who might once have received a few hours of 'home help' or a visit to a day care centre, usually get nothing.
According to the latest care statistics, families are seeking at home care services more than ever before. From dementia care and short stay care, respite breaks to registered nursing support. Care agencies now offer many different types of assistance to people in their own homes.
Ideally there should be a minimum level of care available to all, and especially to those who need it most and an integrated care programme is called for to deliver this.