Understanding The Different Types Of Care
When someone mentions carers or professional care, many peoples minds automatically turn to care homes. In actual fact, there are so many different types of care available these days and there is more than likely going to be a better solution than a care home available for you. Thankfully, the care sector is expanding and this means that there are lots of specific solutions to meet individual needs and requirements.
When looking into the many different options available for your loved one, lots of people often feel overwhelmed and understandably so. To help anyone searching for the best type of care for their family member or close friend, Companions Of London have put together an easy to understand guide to the most commonly used different types of care.
This is probably the most standard type of care. It is provided to help people remain in their own homes, rather than moving into a care home. This type of care can be completely tailored to the recipient’s needs and ranges from helping with household tasks to assisting with personal care. The overall aim of domiciliary care is to help your loved one maintain both their independence and their quality of life whilst living at home.
Not many people are aware that respite care exists and it can actually be incredibly helpful. In short, respite care is short-term planned or emergency care that is provided to assist caregivers whenever needed. Respite care can take place in various places from in-home to specialised facilities and it is really flexible. This type of care is also for people of all ages with various needs, for example, you can get respite care for the elderly and also for people with disabilities.
You may hear this type of care referred to as end-of-life care, it is specifically designed to help anyone suffering from a life-limiting illness to enjoy a good standard of living. Lots of people think that palliative care is only for the last few weeks or days of life but, it can actually be beneficial at many different points during a life-limiting illness. Another misconception is that you need to be in a hospice to receive this but, specialists can provide palliative care at home too.
Home from hospital care
This type of care does exactly what its name says, it is designed to help anyone that has just been discharged from hospital. Home from hospital care can take the worry away from returning home after having spent time in hospital and carers can help with this transition back into normal life. As well as providing emotional and physical support, carers can also oversee any recovery plans, helping with medication or physiotherapy exercises if required.
Alzheimer’s and dementia care
Again, this type of care is self-explanatory, Alzheimer’s and dementia care is there to help anyone living with these diseases. You may not be aware but, it isn’t recommended that an elderly person with dementia lives alone unless they are receiving daily care and support, so, this type of care is perfect. Thankfully, this is another type of care that can be received in-home which is a real highlight for lots of people.
Choosing the best type of care
Deciding on the best type of care for someone you love is a really personal decision and it is something that can take time. Using the definitions above, you can start to narrow down the best options of care available to you and look into the most suited further. Remember, if you have any questions at all about the different types of care mentioned above, there are lots of people that can assist you, you’re not alone.
Companions Of London offer a huge range of care services including everything mentioned above, so we will gladly provide you with any further information you require. We can help you decide on the best type of care for your loved one taking into account their needs and requirements along with both of your wishes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our care professionals to arrange a tailored care plan for your loved one.