The benefits of in-home care services
PUBLISHED: 11:37 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:52 18 January 2019
Kare Plus Bromley
Homecare is a great alternative to residential care, with the chance to remain at home and receive personalised assistance from professional carers.
If you’re thinking about homecare or live-in care for an elderly relative or loved one, there are several important considerations to take into account. Here, Deep and Kuhu Banerjee, business directors of Kare Plus Bromley, share some key points to bear in mind.
What are the benefits of homecare?
With homecare, you can stay in the comfort of your own home and maintain your normal lifestyle and daily routines. Going to live in an unknown environment such as a nursing or care home can be daunting, but with homecare you get to be with your family in a familiar place.
Another advantage is that you can choose what services you want rather than paying for 24/7 care which you don’t necessarily need. At Kare Plus, we make bespoke care plans for each service user which can be changed at any time based on how much they want to spend. This kind of personalised, one-to-one care is usually much harder to find in a shared occupancy care home, and it allows people to live as independently as possible with minimal stress or worry.
What services are provided?
Homecare can involve a wide range of services and can be fully tailored around the service user’s specific needs. It can include personal care, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, meal times, household chores and medication. Carers can also assist with trips to the local shops, community activities and events, doctor’s appointments, visiting friends and family and even accompanying someone on holiday in the UK or abroad. Temporary care and respite care can be arranged for people who have just come out of hospital or to give permanent caregivers a break.
Homecare services are not just for the elderly or people with health problems either. It can be companionship for people who are lonely or have limited mobility, or end of life care.
Live-in care is also an option for people who require assistance around the clock. This can be particularly beneficial for people with dementia who might struggle outside of their comfort zone in a residential setting and require one-to-one attention. Having someone on hand day and night can be a great source of comfort and reassurance.
What training do carers have?
At Kare Plus, our carers are required to go through vigorous training and on-going development. During the recruitment process, we do Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and reference checks and only when we are fully satisfied will we interview applicants to make sure they have the right attributes for the job.
Kare Plus also provides in-house training in all aspects of care and staff members are presented with a certificate upon completion. The customer’s needs and goals are always at the heart of the job, so it’s crucial that our carers have the confidence and skills to deliver an exceptional level of service.
How is quality of care maintained?
Before any homecare service begins, tailor-made care plans are created for each service user to assess their needs and preferences. This can include anything from healthcare and medication requirements to what kind of food they like.
Carers are also required to document every part of their job to make sure they are following the company’s policies and adhering to the standards set by the Care Quality Commission. Regular feedback from the customer also lets us know whether we are doing everything we can to meet their needs.
How much does it cost?
The cost of homecare depends on the person’s individual needs and what type of care they require. People are often surprised to learn that homecare can be more cost-effective than nursing and residential care homes. With private home care, you only pay for what you need instead of a fixed fee. This cuts out additional costs and overheads that care homes charge for, which can result in significant savings.
Why choose Kare Plus Bromley?
Kare Plus Bromley is part of the Kare Plus national brand, a leading provider of nursing, care and support to local communities across the UK. Kare Plus is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, the Care Inspectorate of Scotland and the Care Inspectorate of Wales.
As part of an esteemed homecare provider, the team at Kare Plus have the experience and skills to provide the highest level of care and commitment.
For more information and to discuss your caring needs, call 0203 7454465, email email@example.com or visit kareplus.co.uk/bromley.