The Benefits of In-Home Care for Older Adults
In-home care (homecare) is an option for many older adults, offering tailored support whilst allowing you to maintain independence in your own homes. For family members, it adds a layer of reassurance that your needs are being looked after, reducing the stress of juggling care responsibilities as well as the pressures of everyday life.
What is homecare?
There are many types of homecare services and which you choose will depend on your needs. Some people may just need a little help preparing meals or cleaning, whilst others may need also need personal care and help with daily activities, such as bathing, getting dressed and using the toilet.
Homecare can also cover assistance with transportation, including medical appointments, shopping and visiting friends and family. As well as helping you maintain your independence, in-home care can also provide emotional care and companionship.
Who is it suitable for?
If you are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, you may benefit from homecare as an alternative to moving in with relatives. This is beneficial as it allows you to remain in your home while recovering, in familiar surroundings. It’s also appropriate if you have chronic health conditions, limited mobility, are living alone, or feeling lonely or isolated.
How to access in-home care
Your local council may be able to help you access homecare, but will first arrange for a needs assessment to ascertain your requirements. If you are eligible for support, your council will arrange this, based on the outcome of the assessment. If you are not eligible, the council will recommend local services that may be able to help, although you will have to pay for these yourself. The NHS recommends that even if you are not eligible for help with care, it’s worth getting a needs assessment so that you are able to explain to a private agency or carer the type of help you will need.