GoodOaks News | 22 January 2024

How can visiting or live-in homecare change your life?

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Homecare, 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 care professional yourself take a break, care professionals provide an important service. With the UK’s population ageing and more people living longer, homecare 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 homecare so important?

The NHS website states that having homecare 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 homecare; visiting and live-in care (you can read more about these by clicking on the links).

Homecare can be very flexible and fit around your needs, or those of your loved one. At GoodOaks Homecare, we provide visiting homecare from just one hour a week, or we can visit once or twice a day, depending on you or your love ones needs. Our care professionals can also do live-in homecare, 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 care professional to a family member, having a care professional come in to provide support means that you can have a break or have an occasional day out. We can even provide recuperation and reablement care where clients have been in hospital and need extra support when they leave.

What can a care professional do to help make life easier for you or your loved one?

At GoodOaks Homecare, our care professional can help you with:

  • Getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Washing and dressing.
  • Personal hygiene and routines, like applying creams or dressings.
  • Helping use the toilet.
  • Preparing meals and drinks.
  • Remembering to take medicines.
  • Doing your shopping.
  • Collecting prescriptions or your pension.
  • Getting out, to allow you or your loved one to see friends and family or to go to activities or clubs.
  • Getting ready for bed.
  • Assisting with the prescribed exercises to aid in mobility restoration and collaborating with the healthcare team in the rehabilitation process, 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 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 care professional be, can I choose them?

At GoodOaks Homecare, we work with you or your loved ones and the 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 a care professional based on your interests, 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 homecare?

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.

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

At GoodOaks Homecare, we take great pride in our values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy. We build care packages around you and/or your loved one needs. We believe in working with and rewarding our talented care professionals, 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 care professional and myself is excellent and I feel this will continue to grow as the service is of a very high standard.”
  • “I have found GoodOaks 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.”

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 or feel free to give our head office team a call to your local branch.