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Different Types of Elderly Care

If you are thinking about using a service that will allow you to keep your independence, while having someone close at hand to offer assistance with the tasks that get more difficult as you get older, you might want to consider one of the four main types of elderly care that are available. You may be deliberating on care options for a family member who is finding independent life more difficult, or you might need some extra help with a spouse or sibling. Take a look at our guide to different types of elderly care to help you make a decision for you or your loved one.

Different Types of Elderly Care

Care Homes

If you or your loved one need support with daily needs, a care home may be an option to consider. A care home is a traditional form of care where an elderly person leaves their home on a permanent basis, to be looked after in a communal “home”. The care home will be shared with many other elderly and disabled people. The prospect of living in a care home may be daunting, as some have a bad reputation for neglect and even abuse of their patients, however, with careful research, it is, of course, possible to find a care home to suit your needs. Care homes offer the advantage of a community feel, providing company and companionship.

Nursing Homes

If you or your loved one has more complex needs, such as living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a nursing home provides more support than a care home. Fully qualified nursing staff provide round-the-clock care to assist with both simple and complex tasks. The same issues apply here as with care homes.

Home Care

Remaining in your own home is the ideal option for a care recipient for many reasons. Home care is a great option for those who need extra support but, home care happens at specific times of the day, so if you need help with something immediately, you may have to wait for your carer to visit.

Different Types of Elderly Care

Live in Care

Live in Care is growing dramatically in popularity and is highly cost-effective. Live in Care is a relatively new form of total, 24 hour support that allows you to remain in your own home, with your things around you, in an environment where you feel secure. With this option, a carer will live in the home full-time, providing help with cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care needs and much-needed companionship. A Live in Carer can even assist with hobbies, attending social events and helping you to care for pets - all things that would be distressing to give up if moving to a residential care home.

Usually, live in carers are matched to each care recipient, so they may share similar hobbies and interests. They will be thoroughly checked and qualified, and will need to provide evidence of experience and references, so you can be confident that you are in safe hands.

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