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Families often have to make difficult decisions
about arranging care for a family member.
There are varying care
options available and there are practical, financial
and emotional implications involved when making decisions
regarding long-term care.
There are a number of factors a family may need
to consider when discussing care for a member of the family.
Here to find out how an Independent Care Adviser can help.
Care at Home
people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible,
living independently in familiar surroundings. When considering
care at home, a family should ask themselves a number of questions
- What level of support does the older person require?
- Can the family provide any practical assistance?
- What about social stimulation for the older person?
- Are there reputable home care agencies available to provide
- Will Social Services
provide any support?
- Does the older person require assistive
devices or adaptations to their home?
- What if the carer does not turn up for work?
- Can care at home be afforded on a long-term basis?
- Would the older person accept a carer on a live-in basis?
- How much does care at home cost?
As people grow older, it is not always practical
for them to remain living in their own home, so a family may
need to consider the option of a care
home or care home
with nursing for their relative. The decision to move
a relative into a care home is not usually an easy decision.
There are a number of emotional factors to contend with as
well as practical. Families often feel guilty about moving
their relative into a care home or some family members may
disagree with the choices being made on behalf of their relative.
Some questions to consider are:
- Do you know the level of care required?
- What type of home would be preferred? – purpose-built
- What facilities would be important to the older person?
- Where should the older person move? Should they remain
in an area that is familiar to them or should they move
into a home closer to a member of the family who will visit
- Who will fund the care? Can the older person fund his
or her own care? Can the family provide a top-up to the
Social Service funding?
Decisions regarding care options can be complex
and if there are several family members involved there can
be varying views and opinions as to the most appropriate option
for their relative. Some members of the family will want the
best possible care regardless of cost, whilst others may have
their inheritance in mind when deciding on a care provider.
These factors can be potentially divisive and
often the best course of action is to enlist an experienced
mediator to help with the process.
If you require further assistance or would like to speak to
the Independent Care Adviser this site recommends please call
0800 137 669 or complete the e-mail