We know making decisions when it comes to care for yourself or loved ones can be a bit daunting, which is why we thought it would be helpful by dispelling some of the myths surrounding home care.
Myth – I won’t need care:
Fact – The reality is, nobody knows what care we may need in the future, however, according to the Association of British Insurers, about three quarters of 65 year olds will need care at some point in their lives.
Myth – Home care is only for the elderly:
Fact – Home care is for people of all ages, not just those in their post retirement years. In fact, in 2013, according to Daffodil there were 20,869 people aged between 18 and 64 in Wales receiving community based services. Home care could be required for a variety of life changing situations, such as road traffic accidents or unanticipated illnesses or even just needing help following a surgical procedure upon their return home.
Myth – Home care is too expensive for me:
Fact – Quality home care is actually more affordable than many people think. Whether it is funded in collaboration with the local authorities, following a means test or purchased directly from a care agency. In Wales, we are lucky where the Welsh Assembly set a limit of £50 a week in 2011 for the most local authorities could charge for care. Whereas if you were to purchase your home care needs directly from a home care provider, such as us at Aylecare Home Care Services, then, for a 30 minute call 7 days a week, would set you back around the £50-£60 price range. Less than it would currently cost to fill a standard hatchback with petrol!
Myth – Long term care only happens in nursing homes:
Fact – This isn’t the case for the majority of those requiring care. If the individual has needs that do require health care throughout the day, then, a nursing home may well be the right route to follow, however, many individuals don’t require non-medical assistance, which is why Aylecare Home Care Services have the aim of promoting independence for each individual to live in their own home for as long as possible without the need for admittance to a residential care home. As a result, many families will use home care for months, even years depending on the individual’s circumstances.
Myth – My family will be able to take care of me:
Fact – In fact, many families are able to deal with the care needs of a family members themselves, but these days, many families are spread out away from each, making it difficult to care for older relatives. It can become a full time commitment to look after a family member depending on their needs and can over time become harder without having a break, such as using a companionship visit or a night sitting service (both of which, we at Aylecare are happy to provide) for some time off to recharge the batteries.
Myth – I only need help with basic hygiene, so I don’t qualify for home care:
Fact – However basic your care needs, at Aylecare, we are able to tailor a care plan to meet your needs, even it is just needing assistance with your basic hygiene. The range of services we offer ranges from companionship and personal care assistance to meal preparation, getting up and going to bed and even to domestic tasks such as cleaning, shopping or laundry.
Myth – I need round the clock care, so home care isn’t an option:
Fact – Many home care agencies do provide 24-hour-a-day care. At Aylecare, we will coordinate a team of experienced carers to provide you with care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.