Dispelling Care Home Myths
On your journey to find a care home that meets your family members needs, it is first and foremost essential to dismiss everyday care home myths. In doing so, you will gain a realistic perspective of what to expect on your search.
Care Homes Are Free
As with all businesses providing a service, it costs money. Therefore the myth that care homes are free simply isn’t true, and it’s wrong to assume that the Government pays for each and every care home placement. Your financial circumstances and that of your relative will determine whether or not you are entitled to help with your relatives care home fees. Council-funded care, in particular, is means-tested, and so the number of assets you own will determine whether or not you shall receive financial help to pay for your loved ones care. For example, if you possess £23,250 or more in savings, assets, and investments (this includes property), you are considered capable of paying for your family members nursing home.
Care Home Workers Are Unskilled
Despite the low wage care workers receive, their role is incredibly challenging physically, mentally, and emotionally. Because of this, each care home trains their workers to ensure they provide the best care possible to their residents. From heavy lifting to listening and empathy skills, to better understand the needs of the elderly, care home staff are frequently given training to ensure they are equipped to do their job correctly. To further dispel this myth, when you begin to visit a few care homes for your family member, ask the care home manager about previous and ongoing training the staff must achieve to fulfill their role.
One Care Package Option for All
Each care home provides various services to take care of their residents. For an idea of the different options of care, you can take a look at North Devon Care Homes for an example and/or preview a few of the regular care options provided below.
- Residential Care
This type of care is provided to help integrate the elderly into a social setting while assisting the resident to maintain their current lifestyle. This will help to avoid the onset of loneliness that often derives from isolation, and potentially prevents the development of further issues such as depression. Residential care helps the elderly to maintain their independence.
- Nursing Care
Nursing homes provide 24-hour care to the elderly in consideration of their requirements that are depicted by their doctors, nurses, social workers, and their relatives. In this case, a plan is created for each individual to check their requirements are being met.
- Dementia Care
The scope of care varies for the elderly who have dementia. The care homes may often segment those with dementia together in an altered environment to reflect their cognitive abilities and needs.
Now the common care home myths above have been dispelled, you can begin searching for the right care home for your relative. With the confidence that you are aware of the potential cost, that the staff will be adequately trained and that there are tailored levels of care available to suit your loved ones requirements.