For a long time, unless a stay in a hospital is a viable option, a care home has been considered by many to be the only safe and practical option for people with advanced care needs. However, there are now far more flexible options for home care and numerous adaptations that can be made to someone’s home to facilitate it. Homecare is a viable option for most people requiring care, with numerous benefits which we will explore below.
For most of us, home is a safe space where we know where everything is, and where our loved ones can visit us. This is why many people would rather be cared for here than in a care home or hospital. It is familiar and can help us to feel more relaxed. This is pertinent for paediatric and mental health care especially, as younger people may become distressed away from home and mental health conditions can often rely on environmental stability to aid improvement or recovery.
In a survey done by the Homecare Association, 38% of people surveyed who were over 65 have said they were more likely to choose homecare. This could be for many reasons including:
Home care makes it possible for people to get the help they need, while in a space they feel most comfortable and happy.
Because of the reasons we have listed above, it is no surprise that people’s health and wellbeing is better maintained when they receive care at home. Studies show that when people receive care at home, they have a reduced risk of hospital admissions, a reduction in falls in the elderly and higher levels of happiness and satisfaction.
Experiencing mental health issues or illness at any stage of life can be debilitating and bring about a lot of change in people’s lives. Homecare allows for the environment to remain constant. No moving wards or hospitals, you are in your own home for your care and recovery.
It is far harder to maintain your sense of independence in a hospital or a care home as there will be set times for daily activities such as from meals and hobbies. You also may not be able to leave as often as you like. When they receive care at home, activities and aspects of their normal life can continue or be adapted to help them feel in control of their life. Plus, their home will help them to still feel a part of their life before they required care.
Home care is tailored to an individual. A hospital will have numerous patients to care for and cannot always provide personalisation that can help boost happiness and a sense of independence. Wards can be busy and impersonal.
At Cavendish Homecare, your loved one’s private live-in care is tailored to their bespoke needs.
If you need help or guidance on caring for a loved one, Cavendish Homecare can provide care for a wide range of services including Respite, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Paediatric Care. With over 30 years of experience in the NHS and private healthcare sectors, our family-owned agency has the compassion, the knowledge and the staff to provide superior quality care.
Cavendish Homecare’s care is based on our passion and experience for delivering the best service possible. If you have questions about caring for a loved one and would like to speak to us in person, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using our contact form. Alternatively, head to our advice centre for helpful articles such as questions to ask when looking for home nursing and more.