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Top 5 reasons to choose homecare

Posted on 21/01/2015

When it comes to choosing the right care and support, there are lots of things to consider. Residential care or supported living is often seen as the only solution, but there are some very good reasons why homecare might be a better option for you. Here are our top 5.

1. It helps to maintain independence

Being able to stay in your own home brings with it a sense of freedom and independence. By adapting your home to make troublesome tasks achievable, and the right homecare package to help in areas that are more difficult, you can continue to stay at home and live your life as you wish.

2. It’s easier for family to be involved

With residential care, family visits are often limited to certain times and it can be more difficult for them to see you as often as they would like. With homecare, family and friends are free to pop over at any time and you can call on them as and when you need. They can also get involved in the care that you are receiving and work as a team with your paid carer or support worker.

3. Receive consistent care

If you go down the homecare route, you can choose to hire your own paid carer or contract with a self-employed carer/support worker, which means that you can handpick the person that you want to provide your care. You can spend time interviewing and researching so that you get exactly what you need, and you find a person that you are comfortable with and who you can build a relationship with.

4. Home comforts

Being at home means being surrounded by your personal belongings, which can be a real comfort. Having to move out of home and streamline your belongings can have a detrimental effect on your emotional wellbeing. Having personal effects, photos and mementos to hand can help you to retain memories and feel safe in your own environment.

5. Manage costs

Residential care is very expensive; you may need to sell your home or rent it out to cover the costs, as well as use any assets you may have. Even with the cap on care costs, you are looking at a significant outlay and costs will be recouped from your estate. Homecare can be tailored so that you only receive the care you need at the time you need it, and you can hire someone within your set budget.

If you are interested in homecare services and thinking about hiring a paid carer, then take a look at our FAQs.  

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