Live-in care provides flexibility when, typically a customer needs a personal assistant around the house at various times of day or night to assist or carry out varying tasks. No two days need be the same and our customers can, if they wish, choose a different agenda each day. The daily tasks of everyday living can be fulfilled by the Personal Assistant but he/she can also help with pastimes and activities if required.
Arranging your live-in care service
The first step is to contact HMS Care to arrange an initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to talk to us face to face and ask any questions. We only move to the next stage once you are entirely happy with the service and comfortable with instructing us. One of our supervisors will visit to carry out the necessary safety assessments and to note all the details we need to go through before we start the care. This will, of course, include start dates and any other instructions you may have for us. We will then arrange for the Personal Assistant to arrive on the requested day.
Starting your live-in care service
On the first day the HMS Care Personal Assistant will arrive at an agreed time, accompanied by a Supervisor. The role of the Supervisor is to introduce the Personal Assistant to you, and confirm the way you wish your care to be administered. After a short settling-in period the Supervisor will leave you and your Personal Assistant to get to know one another. But it doesn’t stop there. The Supervisor will keep in contact with you on a regular basis to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly.
What safeguards do I have?
HMS Care is registered and regulated by the CQC in England. This government body sets the minimum standards by which we operate, however in every case we seek to exceed this minimum standard by a significant margin.
The benefits of Live In Care
There are many benefits to opting for a live-in care service over a care home. The main advantage is that the person receiving care can stay in an environment they’re most familiar with. They can be around the people and things they know and love best.
Getting used to a new and unfamiliar environment is difficult at the best of times. Coupled with the disruption to routines and lifestyles, such a move can cause significant amounts of distress and not just to the individual – it impacts the whole family.
With our live-in services, we keep disruption and upheaval to an absolute minimum. Rather than change what you or your loved one are used to, we tailor our care plans to fit around established routines. Our carers can also provide the nursing-led support residential care homes can provide, including PEG feeding, catheterisation, stoma and convene, to name just a few.
A One-To-One Alternative to Care in a Nursing Home
In a nursing home there are many people receiving care.
In fact, a report produced, from a sample of seven specialist Dementia care homes, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that staff to resident ratios in residential care homes averaged 1:4. It was also found that the poorer the staff to resident ratio was, the more pressure the care home staff were under and the less time they had to spend with the residents as a result.
HMS Care delivers one-to-one live-in care. This means that you or your loved one is at the centre of the carer’s attention. They’re fully committed to ensuring that yours or their medical needs are always provided for.
Staff rotation is also common at many nursing and elderly care homes. This means that residents don’t get to build up that rapport with the person responsible for providing their care. They also don’t have that consistency. And consistency is hugely important in any form of care.
We don’t rotate our carers, meaning our customers can build up a relationship with their carer. This approach also enables the carer to really understand and listen to the needs of the individual.
A One-To-One Alternative to Care in a What Difference Does Staying At Home compared to A Residential Care Home Make to you?
The home is so much more than just a building with four walls, windows and a door. It’s a treasure trove that constantly reminds us of the happiest times in our life; it houses possessions with sentimental value, and it’s easier for family and friends to come and visit.
Our care services cover more than just medical support. We’ll also provide help around the home – from assisting you with basic chores, like washing the dishes and preparing meals, to collecting prescriptions.
Coming Out Of A Care Home
Many of our customers have tried a care home and decided it’s not for them. If this is the case for you or your loved one, we can visit you and your family to discuss an option that does work for you. To keep that level of continuity, we liaise with any professionals currently involved in providing care in a home.
How Do Care Home Costs Compare with Live In Care Costs?
Live-in care from HMS Care -vs- Residential Care Home
Remain in the comfort of your own home with nursing-led care if needed
Move to a new unfamiliar environment
Costs from £924 per week
Cost up to £960 per week*
One to one attention
Many carers sharing responsibility
Continuity of customer’s life style is maintained
Change of lifestyle
Funding available. Please see our FAQ section for more information
Funding available Choice of what you eat and when you eat it -vs- Set menu and regimented meal times
Pets can remain at home
Significant cost savings for couples
Paying for two beds
*Source- Better Caring Website: www.bettercaring.com
Finding Out More About Alternatives to Care Homes
The choice between a nursing home and one-to-one care in the home is one of the toughest you’re likely to ever face. It’s not an easy decision to make, and it’s one that requires a significant amount of thought. However, you’re not alone. Our team of care advisors are warm, friendly and more than willing to talk you through the steps involved in home-based care, our services and the costs.
Call us today for an informal chat with our Customer Care Team.