Live in Care Packages: The Best Live in Care Package For You

In general, live in care packages one of the most cost-effective care provision methods in the industry. It can provide you with a complete solution that is not only affordable, especially when compared to other methods, but is also incredibly flexible. Like the majority of other services, live-in care rates will often differ depending on the agency you use. You will also notice that the price of care differs depending on the care package that you choose. 

Of course, care is incredibly personal and often needs to be tailored to meet peoples specific needs but, to help anyone looking for a rough guide that can help them choose the best live-in care package, Safe Hands Live-In Care have broken down the four standard packages for you. Below you will find an approximate average cost and the standard services included in each package. 

Live in Care Packages

This care package is estimated on average to be around £699.00 a week. It is the perfect package for anyone who is still quite independent and doesn’t need much assistance with their personal care, but they do require additional assistance with some domestic duties. A carer that is providing low dependency care and help with things such as cleaning and cooking, but they can also assist with activities like shopping if required. 

Medium dependency care

On average this package is estimated to be £750.00 per week. This tends to be most suited to people with limited independence that need help with the majority of day-to-day tasks. Similarly to low dependency, carers can assist with all standard domestic but, on top of this, they can also provide a range of other personal care duties. This package also provides comprehensive companionship and emotional support.

High dependency care

The next package is approximately £850.00 a week and is specifically aimed at anyone who depends upon another person for almost all daily activities. This also covers people who have specific medical needs or disabilities. With this high level of care, a carer can handle all domestic and medical duties, they can also provide thorough care management and family support if required.  

Couples care

If you’re searching for care services for more than one person in a single property then, a couples care package is roughly £900.00 a week. You can get very similar services to a low/medium dependency care package and a carer will be able to assist you both with day-to-day tasks. They will also be able to help you both when it comes to attending medical appointments or social events on top of this. Many people see couples carers as another member of the family and they really can provide you with affordable live in care for two people. 

Choosing a care package 

Hopefully, the basic overview of the most common live in care packages above can help you to figure out which one would be best for you. However, if you would like to discuss things further with a professional home care agency in the UK and create a personalised care plan that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Safe Hands Live-In Care

Our team can provide the best services the care industry has to offer. We will gladly provide you with flexible live-in care plans and packages that are specifically designed to meet your every need. At Safe Hands Live-In Care, we can also provide you with professional advice regarding the best way to fund 24-hour care costs, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. You can trust that the friendly team at Safe Hands Live-In Care will support you every step of the way. 

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Care for Disabled Young Adults: Is Live in Care For Them?

Supported living at home is a care service like no other. The incredible flexibility of this service means that it is suitable for absolutely anyone who requires additional help in order to live an independent and fulfilling life in their own home. The wide variety of people that this specific type of care  can help is amazing and if you feel as though your needs or the needs of a loved one don’t fit into any other care category then definitely look into supported living. 

For anyone that is searching for some additional information regarding the people that supported living can help and how this service can help them specifically, keep reading today. Safe Hands Live-In Care have looked into the groups of people that supported living frequently helps. 

Care for Disabled Young Adults: With both learning and physical disabilities

Many people turn to supported living if they have a learning disability or a physical disability that affects their ability to live independently. Of course, the level of support they require will differ quite dramatically depending on the disability they have. 

Supported living is the perfect type of care for disabled young adults and it helps them to start their adult life independently and for many, this means finally living in their own home. This type of care can help individuals with learning disabilities or physical disabilities with all day-to-day tasks and it will ensure that they are safely living independently. 

People with age-related problems  

It isn’t uncommon for supported living to be a great solution for anyone struggling with day-to-day life due to age-related problems. Elderly care at home comes in many different forms and this is something that can easily be adjusted as required over time. 

When it comes to supported living for the elderly, the services that a carer can offer will really vary. They can provide companionship and assist when it comes to getting out and about to appointments or social events but, they can also help with personal care and provide medical assistance if required too. 

Patients who have been discharged from hospital 

Returning home after having been in the hospital for a long period of time can be quite difficult and adjusting back to ‘normal life’ takes time. Lots of people use some form of supported living to help them with this transition and usually, they turn to temporary live-in care or short-term respite care. 

A carer can provide a range of supported living services to anyone that has been discharged from hospital. Usually, people require assistance with medication management, changing dressings or even physical therapy and this is all something a carer can help with. 

Anyone with a mental health diagnosis

These days, supported living is also used to help anyone struggling with daily life due to a mental health diagnosis. Again, depending on the severity of your diagnosis the amount of support required may differ but, due to its flexibility supported living is perfect. 

If you choose to turn to an agency for supported living due to your mental health diagnosis they can help with all of the basics such as managing bills and money to self-care and life skills. However, they can also provide you with further support in other areas if it is required and can even offer 24 hour care in-home. Their services can be completely tailored to your needs. 

Finding a care agency for supported living at home 

Understanding more about supported living, the people this service regularly helps and also what supported living entails will help you to decide whether it is the best option for you or a loved one. If you would like to speak to a professional care agency about this service in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact Safe Hands Live In Care. 

Our experienced carers offer a variety of supported living services to care for disabled young adults but we also offer a range of other care services too, so whatever your needs may be, you can trust that we will find the perfect care solution for you. With the help of Safe Hands Live In Care you can rest assured that you will be getting all of the support that you require. 

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Live in Caregiver UK: Dealing With Caregiver Guilt

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in situations that aren’t exactly ideal or what we necessarily had planned. Whether this is looking after the people that used to look after you or fully supporting others. For many, it is something that they feel as though they have to do. Often, caregivers don’t give themselves a choice when it comes to providing care for loved ones and it is just something they get on with. 

Unfortunately, providing a high level of care that is required isn’t always possible, especially if you’re already juggling lots of other things in your day-to-day life. This is often when people start to experience caregiver guilt. This guilt can take over caregiver’s lives and make the role even more stressful than it already is. 

If this sounds like something you are currently experiencing then you aren’t alone. It is incredibly common and far too many caregivers go through this stage. Safe Hands Live-in Care want to support anyone experiencing this horrible feeling and help them to see light at the end of the tunnel. Keep reading today for our best advice regarding how to deal with caregiver guilt in the right way. 

Live in Caregiver UK: Acknowledge the feeling 

The more you try to ignore the guilt or cast it aside, the worse it will get. The first step is acknowledging and owning this feeling, then you will be better able to deal with it and can start to move on. This is sometimes the hardest step but it is crucial to dealing with caregiver guilt correctly. 

Accept that you’re only human

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time and life can be complicated and difficult. There is sometimes nothing you can do to help situations and that is absolutely fine, after all, you’re only human. 

You may be brilliant at handling the emotional toll of caregiving but your struggling with some of the physical aspects and splitting your time, again this is absolutely fine. Accepting that there is only so much you can do is another important step. Recognise your strengths and don’t focus on the negatives. 

Look at the bigger picture 

Although you may be stressed with the particular situation you are in now, it will not last forever. Look at the bigger picture and realise that overall, you are doing a great job. 

The situation you are in right now and the way that you are feeling probably means that it is time to think about the future. Consider how you can help yourself in the long run and what you can do to help make your day-to-day life a bit easier. When doing this, don’t be afraid to be selfish, sometimes you are more helpful to someone when you take a step back. 

Reach out for support

Seek caregiver support groups to help you work through these feelings, or try talking to your close friends about the situation you are in. Opening up and discussing caregiver guilt is essential and knowing that you aren’t alone is important. 

You may also want to reach out to a care agency to see how they can help you. Just because you’re reaching out doesn’t mean you have to commit to anything, always remember that. Ask some questions and get some information together to see how they may be able to benefit you.  

Overcoming caregiver guilt 

It is important to know that caregiver guilt is a real feeling and not something to be ashamed of. You are doing something incredible for someone that you love and it is often challenging, so you’re allowed to feel this way. Your whole caregiving journey is destined to be one of angst and suffering if you let guilt stay, so do all you can to overcome it. 

If you would like to speak to an experienced friendly care agency in the UK to discuss how they can assist you with caregiving then, Safe Hands Live-in Care are happy to talk. Whether you’re caring for a young adult or your elderly parents, we can provide you with a solution for professional care. If you think you may need some temporary care, private respite care, or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, supported living at home, we will happily discuss all of your options with you. 

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How To Decide On The Best Type Of Care For Your Loved One

Coming to the decision that your loved one needs additional help at home can be really difficult, there is a lot to consider and you will undoubtedly be thinking about it for a while before you act upon this decision. Even once you have decided this, there will still be a lot of things you need to figure out such as how much support they need and which type of care will be best. 

Finding the best care solution for your loved one can be a hard task in itself. There are a lot more options available than you may have previously been aware of and once you start looking into care, it can be quite confusing. For anyone that is currently trying to decide on the best type of care for a loved on, Safe Hands Live-in Care have put together a short guide to help you make the right choice.

Your loved one’s care needs

The first thing to consider in this situation is how much support your loved one actually needs. Is it constant daily help or just support every now and then. Understand this will help you to immediately narrow down your options. 

Consider whether something like companion care can help your loved one or whether really live-in care is more realistic for their needs. Think about how much you currently support your loved one and whether you can continue to help some of the time meaning you just require respite care or if you would ideally like to get someone to completely take over your loved ones care. 

Financial situation and budget

Unfortunately, your financial situation and budget does play a part in this decision. As much as you won’t want to put a price on the care your loved one will receive you need to be realistic about what you can afford.

The cost of different types of care can vary quite dramatically and adding a budget into the situation again will rule out some options. Depending on the amount of care your loved one needs, different options will be more cost-effective. For example, if you’re only looking for a couple of hours of care a day then moving them into a care home will mean that you’re paying for a level of care that you don’t actually need. 

Personal preference

Speak to your loved one about the options that they have and get them involved in the decision making. After all, it is their life that will be impacted the most by the type of care that gets chosen so, it is only fair that they are involved in this part of the process. 

You may find that your loved one has very strong feelings towards staying independent and in their own home. This is quite common so, if you can, then consider options such as live-in care that allow them to do this. Also, when it comes to talking to different care agencies, allow your loved one to be a part of the conversation. Their personal preference is important, consider the things that mean the most to them and bear them in mind when browsing care agencies. 

Reviews and testimonials

Like anything else you are doing and investing in for the first time, it is good to see what others have to say about it. If you have family or friends that are in a similar situation to your loved one, speak to them and find out what they decided on and how they’re getting on.

It is also worth requesting genuine testimonials and reviews from people who have used the agencies you are looking at. Try to find look at some from people who are using the same type of care that you are interested in, find out what they really think. The more you can find out about an agency the less you will have to worry about if you decide to choose them for your loved one. 

How Safe Hands Live-in Care can help 

Taking into account everything mentioned above you should be able to narrow down the best type of care for your loved one. This doesn’t need to be an overnight decision, take your time, do your research and feel confident in your decision. 

If you would like to speak to an experienced professional care agency in the UK about the different types of care and ask any questions that you have then Safe Hands Live-in Care is here to help. They offer a huge range of care services and can provide you with their professional opinion as to which type of care will be best for your loved one. You can trust that the friendly team at Safe Hands Live-in Care can help you to make the best decision. 

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Tackling Loneliness In The Elderly

There is no denying that life can be hectic, especially when you are juggling work, family and everything else in between. Without even realising, weeks have passed since you last went to visit your elderly family members or friends. To you, this time has flown by but, to them, it can feel much longer. 

Unfortunately, there are so many elderly people that feel incredibly lonely the majority of the time and to know that someone you care about is feeling this way can be heartbreaking. The older generation are vulnerable to social isolation and this can have a serious effect on their health. But, thankfully there are ways you can help them to overcome loneliness. To assist anyone looking for some advice, Safe Hands Live-in Care have put together some tips for tackling loneliness in the elderly. 

Getting out and about 

Try to encourage your loved one to get out and about. Whilst this may be more difficult for some than others, it is still something to consider. Simply suggesting they pop out to their local corner shop or take a walk around the local park can get them interacting with others. Encourage the use of free public transport too and maybe even suggest that they meet up with friends or family outside of their home. 

Inviting people round 

When your elderly family member or friends are feeling down and alone it is easy for them to think that nobody wants to visit them. You know yourself that this isn’t the case and there are more than likely lots of different people that would love to visit. Suggest that your loved one starts to actually invite people round, whether its friends, family or neighbours, they will appreciate receiving an invitation to visit and will likely accept. 

Keeping in touch by phone 

You may feel guilty that you can’t physically visit your loved one but, having a chat with them over the phone can be the next best thing. Speak to others that are close to your elderly relative or friend and ask them to call every now and then too. You can guarantee that your loved one will really appreciate the call. If you have children, get them on the phone, you can be sure this will put a simple of their face. 

Filling a calendar

Get your loved one a diary or a calendar that they can put up in their home. It can really help them to feel less lonely if they plan ahead and put things on the calendar to look forward to. Encourage them to put as much as they can on the calendar even if it is just a walk in the park or going to a local coffee shop, library or cinema. Of course, always write in when someone can visit too, this can make a huge difference. 

Arrange for companion care 

If you’re really worried about your loved one and you’re not local or they don’t have many people that can visit regularly then look into companion care. Lots of care agencies offer companionship for the elderly and their carers can visit your loved one as regular as you’d like. Companionship care at home is incredibly flexible and you can even get live-in companions for the elderly too. 

How Safe Hands Live-in Care can help 

Whilst in the past, loneliness was sometimes viewed as a trivial matter, it is increasingly understood to be a serious condition which can affect an elderly person’s mental and physical health. Thankfully, taking into account everything mentioned above you can make a real difference to how your loved one is feeling and make a huge impact on our overall wellbeing without stretching yourself too thin. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about companion care, visit the Safe Hands Live-in Care website today. Our experienced team will gladly discuss this type of care with you in more detail and answer any questions that you may have. You’re not alone when trying to tackle loneliness in your loved one, Safe Hands Live-in Care will do all they can to help. 

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Live in Carer: Ways It Can Help Your Loved One

If you think your loved one has reached a time where they need some additional help with their day-to-day life, you may want to consider hiring a live-in carer. It is actually becoming much more common for people to turn to live in carer over a traditional residential care home these days, for many different reasons. 

A live-in carer is an expertly trained caregiver who will live with your loved one in their home. The main role of this carer is to help your loved one continue enjoying a comfortable and independent life within the familiar surroundings of their own home. If you’ve been looking into live-in care and are curious as to how this live in carer can help your loved one then keep reading today. 

Live in Carer: Personal care

As expected, a live in carer will help your loved one with all aspects of their personal care. They can help with washing, dressing, personal grooming and even continence care if required. These are all things that can become challenging as we get older and knowing that someone will be with your loved one every day to assist can be a huge relief. 

Medication

It isn’t uncommon for elderly people to require additional vitamins or prescribed medication to support them in their later years of life. A live-in carer can ensure that all medication is always taken when necessary and remove any worry of this not happening. They can also provide support for other medical aspects such as changing dressings and more. 

Domestic support

One of the ways a live-in carer can take the weight off yours and your loved one’s shoulders is by providing domestic support. They can handle everything from general household chores and laundry to grocery shopping and meal preparation. This type of carer will ensure that your loved one’s home is clean and tidy and that they have everything they need to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Physical support

Of course, a live-in carer can also provide physical support for your loved one. They can help arrange hospital visits and GP appointments and also get them there on time too. A carer can even help them to attend social events and continue to live their life to the fullest. They are completely flexible to meet your loved one’s needs and requirements. 

Emotional support

This is probably one of the most important aspects of a carers job. They will be there to share meals, watch TV or play board games with your loved ones. They can also simply be there for a chat and to lend a listening ear. Not to mention the fact that they provide instant security and peace of mind. Providing live-in companionship for the elderly can make a huge difference to their overall wellbeing. 

Providing choice

Due to the fact that your loved one is able to stay in their own home and that live-in care is so flexible, they keep their freedom of choice. They get to choose what they do and when they do it. There doesn’t need to be any change to familiar daily routines and of course, there can be unlimited visits from family and friends too. 

Choosing a live in carer 

The support that a live-in carer can provide your loved one really can change their life and help them to enjoy their elder years. They can help them in any way required and be there to assist them 24 hours a day. You will instantly feel at ease knowing that the person you care about is in safe hands and is being supported every day. 

When trying to find a live-in carer, there are a huge number of home care agencies in the UK to choose from. Ensure that you do your research and take your time when choosing who you want to care for your loved one. To explore all of your options, visit the Safe Hands Live-in Care website today and find out more about the elderly care at home that they can provide. If you have any questions at all about their live-in carers or the care that they offer please don’t hesitate to ask, their friendly team will gladly assist you.

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