When starting your journey of finding the best elderly care for you or a family member, you may feel daunted. A lot of people worry that elderly care means moving into a nursing or residential home, however, there are options that allow you to remain in your own home and maintain your independence.
You probably have thousands of questions. We hope that these answers help you in your mission to find the care best for you or your loved one. If you have questions that we haven’t answered here, please do get in touch. We would be more than happy to help.
What Are The Options For Elderly Care?
There are a range of care options available depending on your current needs. Aside from moving into a residential or nursing home, you can request to have someone come into your home at certain times of the day to assist with domestic chores that you may be starting to struggle with. This type of care is known as homecare.
Another option is to invest in someone being with you, in your home 24/7. Not only will someone be available to assist with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning and medication; but you will also gain a close friend and confidant. A lot of people choose this option, known as live-in care, due to the comfort and reassurance that you are never alone.
Both of these options will help you stay safe in your home as well as maintain your independence.
Four Oaks Healthcare have been providing home care for years and have been awarded a top ten award from homecare.co.uk. While we’re based in Birmingham, we provide homecare for the elderly across the UK.
What Elderly Care Services Are Available?
In addition to companionship, there are a number of services available; all of which are fully dependent on your specific circumstances and requirements:
Complex Care This type of care is centred on individuals with a chronic illness or are returning home following hospitalisation.
Live In Care Care here ranges from daily housekeeping and pet care tasks, through to assisting people who are managing a life-long illness such as Dementia or mental illness
Homecare This is similar to live-in care but involves someone visiting your home regularly rather than living with you all the time. At Four Oaks Healthcare we strive for continuity of care, which means you will see the same carer as often as possible to help you build a solid relationship where your care needs are fully understood.
Benefits Of Elderly Care
Independence: Studies show that a lot of elderly people are scared of losing their independence, some more so than death. Elderly care is about making a friend who is fully equipped to help you take care of yourself so that you can maintain your active and independent lifestyle.
Keeping pets: Pets mean the world to their owners and are known to reduce loneliness. With home-based elderly care, you won’t ever have to worry about giving your furry friend away.
Flexibility: The care you require now may be different to the care you will need in twelve months time. Elderly care is fluid and can be adapted based on your changing needs.
How Much Does Elderly Care Cost?
This question is a bit more difficult to answer as all care packages should be based entirely on your individual care needs, the longevity of care required and sometimes even your location.
However, there are options available to help you fund your care. There is a lot of information at UK Care Guide that might be helpful.
What Our Clients Think
In our experience Four Oaks were outstanding in every way.
Perhaps the biggest single plus about Four Oaks over previous care providers is the ability to provide continuity of carer. I am convinced my mother has benefited from the stability of having the same compassionate, competent and dedicated carer for the past eight months
What Qualifications Do Elderly Carers Have?
Our Elderly Carers are subjected to a rigorous and thorough selection process, where we determine suitability based on 6 key skills/aspects:
Significant Experience within Personal Care
A Compassionate & Caring Nature
Strong Organisation Skills
Flexibility, and ‘Client First’ Availability
Excellent Communication Skills
Sensitivity to Care Recipient Needs
Four Oaks Healthcare insist on delivering an unmatched level of care, and in order to do this, we only recruit and select the most appropriate and skilled caregivers
Why Choose Four Oaks Healthcare For Elderly Care?
Four Oaks Healthcare was founded by experienced homecare workers who wanted to go beyond normal homecare duties. We have a strict code of conduct regarding values, standards and ethics and believe that everyone is entitled to the very best care available.
We are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and our level and quality of care is unmatched by larger companies.
Please do get in touch to find out how we can help you continue to live your best life possible.