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Residential or domiciliary care? Choosing the right care for your loved one

Families often find it difficult to know where to start when it becomes apparent that a loved one is going to require additional care to help them manage. There are lots of different factors to consider, and knowing the best approach to take can be extremely difficult when there seem to be a number of choices available.

In order to get you started on the process, here are some of the things that you may wish to consider if you are facing this situation:

The wishes of the person who needs the care

Often we think that we need to ‘take charge’ and ‘we know what is best’ for our loved one. This means that sometimes the choices and preferences of the person who will be receiving the care are not prioritised in the process. Planning care can be very sensitive as it is often complicated by fear of loss of independence which can cause resistance to any of the available options. Taking the time to understand your loved-one’s needs and placing them at the centre of the decision making process, can make your care choices smoother and more sustainable in the long-term.

Domiciliary care

Personalised care

The type of care required

Care options range from a few hours per week of support at home, through full time live in care, to residential nursing care in a hospital or nursing home.

Domiciliary care, otherwise known as home care or community support care, means providing support for people who continue to live in their homes. This is an increasingly popular choice for people who want to retain their independence and have a flexible level of support that is tailored to their needs.

Finding the right provider

You want to be reassured that your care provider will provide a professional, human and caring service, and has the right experience and credentials to manage your requirements well.

The best way to ensure this is to select a CQC (Care Quality Commission) Accredited Provider. This ensures that your care provider has been through a lengthy approval process and has shown an ongoing commitment to providing excellent care.

You also want to select a provider who has a rigorous process for selecting and vetting staff. Don’t be afraid to ask about these aspects as all professional and reputable providers will be more than happy to share details of their CQC registration and staff selection process with you.

Further information

If you need further information about health, care and support living in Essex then take a look at the Living Well Essex web site which has lots of information on health and well being and how to get support.

Are you looking for care for a loved one?

Saving Lives Global are a CQC accredited care provider, offering domiciliary care services in Romford and Dagenham and throughout Essex.

If you have care requirements, please get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to discuss your requirements.