The Ins and Outs of In-home Care

20th October 2016

The Ins and Outs of In-home Care

Financing in-home care and Questions you should be asking agencies

Following from last week’s blog post on Signs That Your Loved One Needs Care, this post will cover the ins and outs of in-home (domiciliary care) – the types of in-home care, the financial aspects, and questions you should ask of an in-home care provider.

Types of In-home Care

In-home care services can range from a one hour visit to live in care. Further, it is a misconception that care is solely for those that have diseases or other specific conditions – in-home carers’ can simply be helpful companions for anyone that requires help and support.

‘In-home care’ covers a range of care services, such as:

Regular Care – This type of care involves helping in the management of daily tasks such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, bathing, getting dressed, and reminding clients to take medications.

Post Discharge Care – Services can include simply a lift back home, or extensive help with mobility and settling back into your home. Carers can also provide aid for ‘regular care’ responsibilities listed above.

Live In Care – consists of around the clock care and caters to all your needs.

Specialist Care – for diseases such as cancer, dementia, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders, among others. This type of care can be delivered in the form of helping you perform everyday tasks, help with mobility, medical aid, or simply companionship.

Questions you should ask 

Does the agency do in-home care assessments and what is included? Is this assessment free? – At Vida our senior care managers personally visit each client to carry out a free care assessment, to map out the care plan required and to match the ideal carer with the client.

Are there security checks for carers? – Private in-home care agencies complete DBS checks for all carers. Further, at Vida, it is standard procedure to follow up with each carers’ references. This is done to ensure that references check out and to inquire about the quality of care delivered by a carer and whether it is up to the Vida standard – above par care that is delivered with compassion.

How do you ensure the quality of carers? – Research the in-home care agency itself and read client reviews online. As discussed in The Vida Difference post, investing in and up-skilling our carers is important to us. We believe that by ensuring our carers are the best–with a personable approach and the highest level of training–we can provide clients with the best in-home care.

Financing In-home Care

You may be eligible for receiving funds for in-home care – if this is the case, you can choose to get payments paid straight into your bank account. Contact your council to find out more. The payment processes for most in-home care agencies have been designed to be hassle free. Direct payments are made to agencies after which payments to carers, taxes and insurance are all dealt with by them.

R Jaura