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Elderly Care Options

Home Care

SmartHeartPro Home Care are ready to help support families, individuals and your love ones who are considering their options regarding care needs.

The UK have shifted demographically and the impact of an ageing population is having on elderly care services is more evident and well documented. Notwithstanding, all too often, the process of considering elderly care remains as a response to an immediate due to illness, accident and significant decline in health resulting in many families and individuals having to make life changing decisions at a very short notice. That is why it is important for the families or individuals to consider their future requirements as early as possible to have a better decision and to remain in control of their care.

SmartHeart Pro Home Care can help in maintaining control of care needs and various options are briefly explained below.

Hourly home care

Whilst there are an increased number of people who prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home, hourly care is growing steadily and is becoming steadily more popular. A family, an individual or a couple can receive the support of a home care worker which may include personal care, domestic support, companionship, medication assistance through to support for more complex conditions such as Parkinson’s or Dementia. In order to provide the highest care standards, SmartHeart Pro Home Care generally avoid visits of less than 1 hour, as less than this is rarely sufficient to provide a sufficient level of care.

Home care providers are required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a registration that SmartHeart Pro Home Care holds. Home care services can be tailored to each individual and a wide range of care needs can be supported effectively. Nevertheless, there are instances where either costs or practicalities can result in live-in care or specialist residential accommodation being more appropriate. SmartHeart Pro Home Care will always make recommendations focused on quality of care and the clients wellbeing.

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Live-in care

Live-in care service provides the support and assistance of a home carer living with an elderly person or couple on a 24-hour basis in their own home. Typically, a client will be assigned a minimum of two home carers who will live with them on a one or two week on/off basis. The type of care provided, similar to hourly home care services, can range from minimal domestic support through to more complex support such as dementia care, Parkinson’s care and even nursing care. However, because the home carer is present 24-hours a day, a more extensive, consistent level of support can be achieved enabling people with higher or greater needs to remain at home for longer.

The cost of live-in care generally depends on whether the care provider employs their home carers or simply acts as an ‘introductory agency’ whereby the client employs the home carer directly. Typically, it is considered preferable that a provider employs the home carer ensuring that they take full responsibility for training, supporting and managing staff whilst also providing cover in the event of sickness or holidays. In the case of a couple, live-in care can result in significant savings compared to residential accommodation, since the weekly fee is typically fixed and is not based on the number of beds being used.

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Nursing homes

Nursing homes offer suites of bedrooms in which care and / or nursing needs are met on a 24-hour basis. They generally have upwards of 25beds and include additional communal facilities such as a residents’ lounge. Levels of care include personal care, nursing and medical care under the supervision of a professionally qualified nurse. Nursing homes may also include specialist facilities designed for people with dementia. Key drivers for moving into a nursing home may be a significant decline in health, the need for 24-hour care, including during the night or a specialist condition such as dementia. Residents pay a fixed, all-inclusive rent for their room, food and up to 24-hour care by way of a license or short-term lease agreement.

Care homes

Care homes offer the same type of accommodation as nursing homes. However, care services do not include medical or nursing care and they are often not well-suited to supporting people with dementia. Like nursing homes, residents pay a fixed, all-inclusive rent for their room, food and up to 24-hour care by way of a license or short-term lease agreement.

Retirement housing

Retirement housing typically comprises a block of apartments with a warden on-site and a communal residents’ lounge. Residents live an independent lifestyle and there is no care service available on-site. Apartments are typically purchased on a long-leasehold basis and residents pay a weekly service charge to cover estate management and maintenance costs. Retirement housing can bring benefits for residents driven by the fact that accommodation is better designed to suit their lifestyle and they have a smaller household to maintain. However, these benefits can be limited by the fact that many buildings have been developed with inadequate space and accessibility standards, they may not be designed to cater for the increasing needs of residents as they age and support services are not easily available on-site should these be required.

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Assisted living

Assisted living, also referred to as ‘extra care housing’, is evolving as an alternative to both retirement housing and the traditional care home. Typically, an assisted living building will include a block of 50+ apartments or bungalows plus communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, café / bistro and assisted bathroom. There may also be a 24-hour home care service on-site registered to provide personal care. Apartments are typically purchased on a long-leasehold basis and residents pay a weekly service charge to cover estate management and maintenance costs, basic catering costs of the café / bistro and the core costs of maintaining an on-site care team.

Retirement villages

Retirement villages / care villages are larger schemes (often 100+ units) which can encompass a mix of retirement housing, assisted living and a care / nursing home. Close care is a similar concept whereby retirement apartments are located adjacent to a care / nursing home from which care services can be provided.