Short Term Care Options – Guest Post

By | November 1, 2018

There are nearly always occasions when you will need short term care or some extra support for someone you care for.

Sometimes this may be because they require additional input for a short period of time (for example following a hospital stay or for holiday care); in other cases, your own well-being or that of other family members may mean that it’s not physically possible to provide the amount of care that you usually do.

In these circumstances, there are a number of options possible to ensure that the person you care for continues to receive the level of support they need, without putting undue strain on the rest of the family.

Read on to discover some of the home care options out there, along with some ideas on what may work best for you.

Residential care may be the best option:

Occasionally, a short-term stay at a residential facility may be best for the person you care about. Many local councils have respite care available in exceptional circumstances, or it is possible to obtain a place in a privately-owned unit.

Short-term residential care can be helpful where there are extensive needs which must be met or where you are unable to carry on caring for a few days.

The main issue with residential care (leaving aside the expense, which can be prohibitive), is that particularly for people who are neurodivergent, the change in routine, surroundings and other familiar things that comes with moving to a residential facility can be particularly difficult to deal with.

Care At Home:

There are a number of different options when it comes to home care including a sessional carer or a live-in carer.

A sessional, or part-time carer, comes in as and when required. In contrast, a live-in carer resides with the family on a full-time basis. Day or night, your live-in carer will be there.

Clearly for many people, being able to stay in their own home, in familiar surroundings and with people they love, is very important. Especially for people with mental health issues or those for whom change is an enormous challenge, having the comfort of a familiar individual who is there to help as and when needed can really make a difference.

Besides the obvious advantage of being able to stay at home, a home care service usually works out much cheaper than staying outside the home.

Adaptable, versatile home care could work for you:

When you opt for home care assistance, you can control exactly how things are done and what care is received.

The work done can be tailored to meet individual needs, allowing the client to do what they can themselves at the same time as having access to the support they want.

Home care is especially appealing for clients who may require some attention during the night, as the carer is there when needed.

If you want to enjoy cost-effective, professional care that’s customised to meet your needs, for many people a home carer is the best solution to their requirements.

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