How can you really get under the skin of a care home to know if it’s going to work for your parent? There’s plenty of advice on general questions to ask but here are a few more thoughts for you to consider.
If you are in the position of having to arrange care for an older relative who can no longer look after themselves, it can be an emotional and stressful time. You’ll want to ensure that they can continue to live independently for as long as possible rather than going into a home, which 97% of people say they don’t want to do. What do you need to know in this situation?
The first phase of the Care Act has now come into force with more to follow next spring. Holly Chantler, Senior Associate Solicitor at Morrisons Solicitors LLP, provides a run-down of how we can expect local authorities to help in the care of older friends and family.
As family members or friends get older, they may need more support than you’re able to provide. Making the decision to get help can be an emotional time, so it’s important that you understand the different elderly care options your parent has. Working together to choose support based on their needs, condition and personality could make them happier and more comfortable.
Inviting a stranger into the home to provide live-in care can be daunting. Where do you start to build a comfortable relationship between carer and person receiving care? Chris Turner of live-in care provider Notaro Live in Care offers some useful questions that a care recipient can ask their new carer in order to start establishing mutual comfort and trust as soon as possible.
We talked to Josephine, a Support Broker based in North London, who shares why she joined the service and how she’s helped service users remain independent, living in their own homes for as long as possible.
Our readers’ experiences tell us that some questions are really difficult to ask in front of a parent, but it’s important not to let the answers come as a shock once your parent is settled in. We share the questions to ask.
Whether your parent has developed a tendency to wander away from home or you’re concerned for their safety in their own home there are a variety of assistive technologies available to help them live independently for longer and keep them safe while giving you peace of mind.
Sometimes the move into care is carefully planned. Sometimes it happens in an emergency. We asked Sonia Hamilton-Martin of Worplesdon View Care Home for advice on how to make the process as pain free as possible.
Care at home isn’t just about basic tasks. It’s also about preserving our parents’ personal independence for as long as possible. There are a whole range of support services that can help our parents to continue enjoying life in their own home.
Sarah Guthrie, the daughter of Wing Commander Branse Burbridge, talks through her family’s choice of care home for her mum and dad and offers advice on choosing the right place for your elderly parent.