Growing old is something that happens to all of us at some point, and we would all expect to be looked after if we ever get to a situation where age prevents us from carrying out things that we had been doing all our lives. If you end up with an illness like arthritis you may find that cooking, washing and cleaning is very problematic due to having little grip. You may have smoked all your life and now need to take oxygen around the house with you so you can still carry out chores. Maybe your eyesight is failing and doing certain tasks on your own is dangerous. If these and many more ailments prevent you from being totally independent but you still want to remain in your home then you should consider a home care agency.
Many of us would like to remain in our own homes as long as possible, and with elderly care homes in the UK in recent years going out of business, and issues with the treatment of patients, more than ever people are looking at home care. In order to clear up a few points about such agencies you will find three of the most common answered below.
Who would use a UK home care agency?
Agencies can be used by many people and not just the elderly, such as those who have disabilities and need a lot of care the family may not be able to provide, but whatever the circumstances not only will an agency help you out, but you can rest easy knowing that all the staff are highly qualified, helpful and patient.
What care services are supplied by an agency?
Every care service you can think of in order for you to remain in your own home is available, and research has shown that the longer an elderly person can remain in their own home the better their overall health, as well as lower stress levels.
• Personal Care.
• Physical disabilities.
• Household chores.
• Getting in and out of bed.
• Trips out of the house.
• Dressing and undressing.
• Hospital discharge help.
• Preparation of meals.
• Live in carer.
• Help with the taking of medication.
All these home care services can be supplied on a short-term or long-term basis depending on your needs. If family members that usually look after you would like a break or go on holiday, then turning to an agency will ensure you are well looked after.
Are all the staff qualified?
It is good to know that strict rules are in place in the UK to ensure only highly qualified staff are employed. This means that not only do they have all the relevant qualifications, but they have been verified by the police prior to employment and are constantly checked by the agency which are also regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
Using an agency is a great way of keeping the family together, helping you to remain independent and helps to take a lot of the stress off family members knowing that quality care is being provided and you are being well looked after.