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Comparing the most common home care options and their benefits

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Are you thinking about hiring home care for yourself or a loved one but you are unsure what is the most suitable home care option?

Guardian Carers are here to help. We will explain what is home care, how a carer can support you or a loved one at home, as well as what benefits home care can offer and finally, how you can get home care.

What is home care?

First of all, what is home care? Home care entails having a professional carer come work in your home or the home of a loved one who needs assistance with their daily living, personal support, medical support, household help or companionship.

Home care is becoming a more and more sought-after option nowadays, especially as the world is battling a pandemic. Home is the safest place where anyone can be. Here at Guardian Carers, we believe in enabling independence at home and more people are thinking the same.

Home care provides a helping hand around the home and within a person’s daily life so that they can live life as independently as possible and remain in their home. The beauty of home care is that it is completely customisable to an individual’s needs, requirements and preferences.

It is available on a live-in or live-out basis, with the option to go for full-time or part-time care. Home care can also be hired temporarily or permanently. The type of home care can also be adjusted along the way, as an individual’s needs change and evolve.

A common misconception is that home care is only for elderly people. This could not be further from the truth. Home care is for anyone who needs support in living a better life. Home care is meant to help them live a happier, healthier and more comfortable life.

While many of our clients at Guardian Carers are indeed elderly, we also cater to children with special needs, young adults with disabilities, sportspeople, and people who have recently undergone surgeries, among many more.

What are the most common home care options?

At Guardian Carers, for instance, we offer a broad range of home care services to suit any needs and requirements. We believe that each home is unique and will have different needs, which is why we offer home care services bespoke to each individual’s specifications.

Whether you are looking for some company over a cup of tea or full-time support with laundry, bathing and getting around the home, one of our home carers will be there to support you. Your home carer will be someone who will match your needs and requirements to a tee.

Live-in Care

Live-in care is one of the most popular home care services. A home carer will live at home with you and will provide care for you whenever you need it. Live-in care is one of the most comprehensive types of care available.

Live-in care will offer you the chance to remain in the home you love, close to your family, friends and neighbours. If you require in-depth care we recommend that you choose live-in care instead of opting to go into a care home.

This type of home care will allow you to maintain your independence for as long as possible, which proves why it is one of our most in-demand home care services. Your home carer will be there to support you with respect and dignity, provided that you maintain your freedom.

Full-time Care

Full-time care is another popular home care option. It is the ideal option if you don’t need someone 24 hours a day. A full-time home carer will help with any personal care needs, remind you to take your medication or accompany you to any appointments, for example.

The tasks you require from your full-time carer will be established in advance. If you have any special circumstances or a particular condition, we will ensure that the home carer we choose for you has the relevant experience to support you.

Part-time Care

If your needs and requirements are not too advanced, we recommend that you choose a part-time home care service. Part-time care is a popular option among those who only need someone to support with minimal care needs such as help with getting ready in the morning, meal preparation or food shopping, just to name a few.

You may hire one of our part-time home carers for a minimum of 3 hours a day and a maximum of around 30 hours each week. With part-time care, you can slowly increase the hours as your needs evolve.

How can you benefit from home care?

When you feel you are ready to start the search for a carer, either for yourself or for a loved one, you simply need to enquire with us by phone or online. You will speak to a specialist consultant who will find out all your needs and requirements, likes and dislikes, and any interests or hobbies you may have.

After they have found out all there is to know about your home care needs, the specialist will look for carers who match your criteria They will interview a selection of hand-picked home carers. In this interview, they will discuss past experience, skills, qualifications, while also checking that they have a suitable personality.

Each home carer has a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the care field, they have a valid enhanced DBS check, as well as references from 2 previous employers. For an added layer of security, these references are verbally checked by our in-house specialists.

The only thing you need to do in the process of getting home care is choosing which home carer you would like to interview. We go above and beyond in making sure that our clients get matched with the most suitable carers. This is why after our specialist completes the vetting of the carers, you and your loved one also get the chance to interview the candidates which you prefer the most.

After this last process is completed, all there is left to do is decide on which home carer to hire. Everything else will be taken care of for you. All you need to do is relax knowing that you will benefit from the best home care option available.

If you would like to know more about our home care services and how you or your loved one could reap the benefits of home care, simply call us on 0207 183 1395. A specialist consultant will be available to speak to you.

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