When planning for the future, circumstances can often change and nobody really knows what life will bring. Regardless of how much you prepare for old age, and your choices regarding your health and the care you need, it is important to remember that how and where you receive care will be vitally important to your happiness. So which is the best option for you, living in a care home or receiving live-in or at-home care? Read on to hear what we think here at Care Home Fees Planning…
When planning for old age, most people agree that living at home is the preferred option. However, at-home care isn’t always the best option, and some residents find that a care home environment is actually better suited to their needs. Living at home can often leave elderly people feeling lonely and isolated, and care homes bring a great sense of community to these people. There are lots of people around, and loads of activities for residents to enjoy, as well as a friendly network of staff that residents get to know. This level of support can be perfect for some, and the 24/7 care and community can help residents to feel more comfortable and ‘at home’ than ever before.
However, some people rush into the decision of choosing a care home, or fail to plan for care home fees, leaving them feeling uncomfortable and stressed. Choosing a care home that is right for you or a loved one is essential, and by planning for this extensively you can be sure to make the right decision.
Whilst it’s important to consider care homes as an option, it’s also important to consider the alternatives. Many feel that receiving care at home provides a better sense of independence and dignity for elderly people, and that staying in comfortable and familiar surroundings is a more suitable option. Live-in care also offers the chance for residents to stay with beloved pets and belongings, a factor that may make a huge difference to quality of life. Professional one-to-one care is also provided with this type of care, so you can always be sure you or your loved one receives all the care required in a comfortable home environment.
Although for some this is the only option considered, it is important to consider care homes too. Care homes offer some great benefits and although not strictly their ‘home’ residents are made to feel as comfortable as possible in a homely community environment. That said, if you have a great supportive family and would like to keep full independence, perhaps live-in care is the best option for you.
To conclude, whether or not a care home is right for you is highly circumstantial. Some may have a close network of friends and family to help care at home and provide a sense of community and friendship to loved ones. If this is the case, perhaps live-in or at-home care is the most viable and comforting option for families. However, some elderly people simply lack this support, and the community and care standards care homes can provide may be a better fit. The most important thing to remember is that residents, wherever they live, should always feel comfortable and cared-for in their homes and that their happiness continues throughout their elderly years
If you need help or advice when choosing a care home, or paying for care home fees, remember there is always help and advice available to you. For more advice about care home fees planning in Reading, contact us today.