The benefits of home care
This guide is to help you when considering home care for a loved one. It may be that you are looking for options to complement the care that you are providing for them, or treatments they are receiving in hospital or from their doctor. Naturally, you’ll be looking to provide the best care for them, but what are the benefits of home care?
Cavendish Homecare can provide care for a number of reasons, including Respite Home Care, and Paediatric Care. 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 information. Or, head to our advice centre for helpful articles such as questions to ask when looking for home nursing and more.
What are the benefits of being cared for at home?
For a long time, unless a stay in 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. Care at home is a viable option for most people requiring care, with numerous benefits which we will explore below.
Most people want to be cared for at home
For most of us, home is a safe space where we know where everything is, and our loved ones can visit us. This is why many people would rather be cared for here than in a home or hospital. It’s 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.
A 2014 study conducted by OnePoll found that 97% of the people they surveyed would prefer care at home rather than a stay in hospital or a care home. This could be for many reasons including:
- Staying close to family and friends
- Keeping pets
- Maintaining as much autonomy as possible
- Close to social clubs or activities they enjoy
Home care makes it possible for people to get the help they need, while in a space they feel most comfortable and happy.
Home care is proven to be better for health and wellbeing
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. Home care allows for the environment to remain constant. No moving wards or hospitals, you are in your own home for your care and recovery.
Home care maintains independence
It is far harder to maintain your sense of independence in hospital or a care home as there will be set times for almost everything, from meals to activities. 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.
Support at home is designed to meet your needs
Home care is tailored to an individual. A hospital will have numerous people to care for and cannot always provide specific requirements or add the personal touches 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. It’s also designed to be as cost-effective as possible. Another benefit of using Cavendish Homecare Homecare’s private live-in care services is that you won’t have to directly employ a qualified carer privately. Instead, we’ll do all the legwork and employ highly trained carers on your behalf.
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 live-in care.
Looking for advice on home care?
If you need help or guidance on caring for a loved one, Cavendish Homecare can help. Whether it’s getting the most from respite care, providing simple dementia care, or information on a palliative home care plan, we can help.
Cavendish Homecare’s live-in care is based on our passion and experience for delivering the best service possible. If you have questions about what we offer, please get in touch.