How can visiting or live-in home care change your life?

Home care, both live-in and visiting, has the potential to change lives. By helping you or your loved one to live independently as you age or respite care to help you as a carer yourself take a break, carers provide an important service. With the UK’s population aging and more people living longer, home care provides a solution of help and support at home – helping you or your loved one to live independently for longer, safe in the comfort of your home.

Why is home care so important?

The NHS website states that having home care can be hugely beneficial to people especially if they have issues with mobility, helping you or your loved one to be independent for longer. There are two types of home care; visiting and live-in care (you can read more about these on by clicking on the links.)

Home care can be very flexible and fit around your needs, or those of your loved one. At Good Oaks Home Care, we provide visiting care from just one hour a week, or we can visit once or twice a day, depending on needs. Our carers can also do live-in care, this is good for those with complex needs or who may need support during the night. We also provide respite care, for example, if you are a carer to a family member, having a carer come in to provide support means that you can have a break or have an occasional day out. We can even provide recouperation and reablement care where clients have been in hospital and need extra support when they leave.

What can a carer do to help make life easier for you?

At Good Oaks Home Care, our carers can help you with:

  • getting out of bed in the morning
  • washing and dressing
  • personal hygiene and routines, like applying creams or dressings
  • helping you use the toilet
  • preparing meals and drinks
  • remembering to take your medicines
  • doing your shopping
  • collecting prescriptions or your pension
  • getting out, to allow you to see friends and family or to go to activities or clubs
  • getting ready for bed
  • helping to work with your healthcare team to rehabilitate – helping with prescribed exercises to help restore mobility etc.
  • helping with household chores like washing and drying clothes, ironing, gardening, cleaning, changing the sheets and doing the washing up.
  • companionship and dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat or helping you to connect with loved ones either face to face or online or on the telephone.
  • Specialist dementia and Alzheimer’s care and support.

Who will my carer be, and can I choose them?

At Good Oaks Home Care, we work with you, your loved ones and your healthcare team to integrate our care and make sure it works together in a holistic way. We conduct an interview questionnaire so that we can match you with carers based on your likes and dislikes, and interests and hobbies, so there will always be plenty to talk about and bond over.

Do I have to book a certain number of hours of home care?

No, we can create a care package tailored to your needs and your budget. (*You may also be able to get help towards care from the local authority. You can find out more here about a needs assessment.) We can create a package from one hour a week for a drop in and a cup of tea, to a full 24/7 live-in care package if you would like it. We will put you at the heart of your care package and work with you every step of the way.

What difference does a carer make in the life of clients and their families?

At Good Oaks Home Care, we take great pride in our values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy. We build care packages around you and your needs and we believe in working with, and rewarding, our talented carers, so that we create the very best team.

Here are just a few of the testimonials we have received recently from happy clients and their loved ones:

  • “The care is very good and as promised. The relationship between the carer and myself is excellent and I feel this will continue to grow as the service is of a very high standard.”
  • “I have found Good Oaks to be an excellent organisation where individual needs are met with courteous professionalism. I would certainly use them again and would not hesitate in recommending their services.”
  • “Excellent service given in a beneficial, quiet and respectful way.”
  • “My father’s care has been excellent all the time. He has been really happy and enjoyed all the company. He has been treated with great respect.”
  • “You are a wonderful team and everyone I’ve met is really caring, helpful, friendly and cheerful, and I look forward to their visits. So please keep up the good work.”

Click here to read more of our testimonials.

How do I find out more?

If you would like help or support for you or your loved one, please feel free to get in touch for a free consultation about the care we could provide. You can find our contact details online here: goodoakshomecare.co.uk/contact-us or feel free to give our head office team a call on 01202 757787 and we can put you in touch with your local branch.

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