GoodOaks News | 11 July 2024

Homecare options: what to consider when looking at homecare options?

Choosing care options for a loved one can be overwhelming. Start by exploring various options like live-in care and respite care. Seek recommendations, read CQC reports, and evaluate the responsiveness of care providers. Watch our video with GoodOaks Registered Manager Racheal Dormer for guidance, and remember, you are not alone. Contact your local GoodOaks branch for more information.

Homecare options

When the time comes to begin looking at care options for a loved one, it can feel overwhelming. It’s a significant decision and will involve you considering a variety of factors and asking the right questions, to ensure the best possible outcome for that person.  

Firstly, you could ask yourself, do I know what I’m looking for?

Many people we talk to have no idea that live-in care is an homecare option where a Care Professional can stay with you in your own home round-the-clock.

What about respite care? Care takes many forms and by doing your research, you’ll be better informed when calling care providers for the first time. 

Care homes are certainly not the only option or necessarily suited to everyone. We’re all individuals, with our own likes and preferences and care is not a one size fits all approach. 

  • Ask around:

    • What are other people saying in your local community? Do they have recommendations or know anyone who’s received care by a certain provider?
  • Read reports:

    • CQC is your go to resource for rating reports. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulatory body in England responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of health and social care services. The CQC continuously monitors registered services and can take enforcement action if providers fail to meet the required standards
  • Make that call:

    • When you make your initial inquiry, is the person on the other end of the phone taking the time to really listen to you? Are they empathetic and helpful? This first interaction is crucial and can often be the deciding factor in your decision making.

Watch our short, insightful video where GoodOaks Registered Manager Racheal Dormer, shares her 30+ years experiences and knowledge to help you navigate this process. 

Remember that: You Are Not Alone 

To find your local GoodOaks branch and speak to a member of the team about our Visiting and Live-in Care services, visit this link: contact us.