Five things to consider when planning long term care

As an established care provider, we share our advice on planning for care

We understand how difficult it can be when faced with the decision that you or your loved one needs long term care. As an established care provider, we have been helping and supporting families for over 25 years. Below we share some things you may wish to consider before you make your decision.

1.    Care home or home care

The most common options are to receive care in your own home or move into a care home. Whilst there are benefits to receiving care in your home, by choosing an established care home, that offers 24/7 round the clock care from expertly trained nurses and carers you are afforded peace of mind and reassurance. Home care arrangements can be difficult for families to manage long term. Carer holidays and sudden sickness could leave you with a last-minute problem in ensuring your loved one has the care and support they need. Also most care homes provide high levels of training and on-going support not always afforded with a home care agency arrangement.

2.    Planning and research is key

All too often, families wait until care is needed urgently. However, with better planning you have time to make the right decision for you and your loved one. Start with online research, draw up a shortlist of providers and then request some brochures.   Also visit carehome.co.uk, a website that rates care providers based on reviews sent by families.  It is also worth reviewing the home’s latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report to ensure the home is rated a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ home.  Once you have a short list, always visit 2-4 care homes as nothing beats visiting the home and meeting the team. Talk to other residents, taste the food and ask to join in events and activities. You’ll soon get a feel for life at the home and which one will best meet your needs.

3.    How will I finance my care?

We understand how confusing it can be when thinking about care fees, particularly at a time when you are dealing with many decisions concerning the care needs of your loved one.  If you are financing your own care, there are a number of leading care fees specialists who can give you advice and guidance on how you can finance care for the long term.  We work with Eldercare Solutions, who are regulated independent care fees specialists. They can provide you with the options to finance the cost of your care, including care fees annuities.  Learn more about financing care.

4.    What type of care do I need?

Many care homes provide three levels of care; residential, nursing and dementia  Homes that only offer residential care may not be able to meet your loved one’s needs should their care needs change, which could result in you having to move them into a more suitable home. If your loved one is living with dementia ensure the home you choose has carers who have been trained to manage such conditions (e.g. MAPA®). They should also have a programme of care that ensures your loved one lives a purposeful life, that is meaningful to them. By choosing a home that offers all three levels of care you can be reassured that your loved one is unlikely to need to move should their needs change.

5.    Day care or Respite

If you are fortunate enough to have time to plan moving your loved one into a care home, why not try a day care or a respite break.  As a family carer caring for a loved one this will give you the opportunity to take a break to rest and recharge, or catch up on daily life, whilst your loved one gets to understand what life is like in the home of your choice.  This means they get to familiarise themselves with the team, the environment and enjoy all that is going on in the home, whilst receiving some discreet support.  Respite breaks are ideal if you are in need of a holiday or require longer periods of support and most leading care homes will provide both of these services.

If you’re concerned about how to organise and finance long term care, we invite you to book your free place on our next Planning for Care Seminar on 19th July 2018.

If you would like to visit our home to see how we may help you and your family, please contact our Home Manager, Heather on:  01483 531133.