When a care home’s not on your ‘to-do’ list

    20 September 2019

    In association with Agincare


    Moving into a care home. What were your first thoughts on reading those words? Resignation, inevitability, dread, the worry that it would mean you having to sell your home?

    Chances are, if you’re reading The Spectator, you want to live well in your own home for as long as possible. And you’re not alone – research shows that nearly three-quarters of us feel like that. But what if illness, dementia or a condition like Parkinson’s means living life your way isn’t easy? Perhaps you’re wondering whether a care home might be a good idea after all.

    There is another way, and it’s called live-in care

    Live-in care from a trusted independent care provider like Agincare gives you one-to-one support, 24 hours a day. You live at home, alongside any family or pets, and keep your independence. A carefully-matched care worker comes to live with you. It’s an affordable alternative to moving into a care home. And because you’re still living there, your home’s value isn’t taken into account as an asset.

    Living in your own home means you’re still part of your local community, with your social life and timetable. And your family and friends have peace of mind, knowing help is on hand 24/7.

    Care tailored to you

    Live-in care is different for everyone. It could be simple companionship, so you don’t feel isolated or lonely. Or if housework is getting too much for you, your care worker can take care of cooking, cleaning and laundry.

    If you need support with medication, eating and drinking, your care worker is there to help. And Agincare’s live-in care staff are experienced in supporting people with more complex conditions, such as dementia, MS and cerebral palsy, or providing reassuring and sensitive palliative and end-of-life care.

    Caring for someone with dementia

    Many of the 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia are cared for at home by their families. Live-in respite care can minimise disruption to their routine and lifestyle at home, while their regular carer takes a well-deserved break. Live-in care can also become a full-time solution.

    When Agincare starts supporting someone living with dementia, they work with the family to compile a personal life story, understanding their history, likes and dislikes.

    Helping you get back on your feet

    If you’re worried about recovering at home after illness, a hospital stay or fall, an Agincare live-in care worker can come and live with you, giving you the intensive support and encouragement you need to regain your independence and skills. Live-in care is particularly good for people who’ve been in hospital – your consultant will only discharge you if they agree you’re able to manage on your own, or that the right level of care is in place to support you at home.

    Agincare’s live-in care service is special because they fully manage it. Other live-in care services – such as introductory services – offer less protection and fewer guarantees for the same price. Agincare employs and pays the care staff, which means they have a duty of care. For example, if your care worker is ill, it’s Agincare’s job to find someone to replace them.

    Agincare is fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission, giving you a higher level of protection and peace of mind. And they’re always at the end of a phone should you need support.

    A personal approach to arranging live-in care

    Having been providing care since 1986, Agincare understands that having someone coming to live in your house can be a big step. That’s why they take so much care matching client and live-in care worker. Agincare’s comprehensive assessment and matching process is done by people, not a computer. The team will come to your home to discuss a tailored package with you. Agincare looks for hard-working people with a special blend of compassion, common sense, reliability and a great sense of humour. All their care staff are English-speaking and enhanced DBS (police) checked.

    Carol’s story

    Carol lives in a village 10 miles outside Bath. She was introduced to Agincare’s live-in care nearly four years ago.

    “Maggie’s changed my life – she’s quite simply a lifeline, helping me keep my independence. Maggie drives me wherever I want – to the shops, hospital appointments, trips to Cornwall. We’ve even been on a cruise!

    “If I need something in the night, Maggie’s there to help me. She’s become one of the family – we go to my daughter’s every week for Sunday lunch. Live-in care has changed my life. As long as you can stay in your own home, that’s the main thing.”

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