If you need domiciliary care – or care at home – you have various options, including:
- Carers popping in once or several times a day
- Meal deliveries to your home
- Visits from a District Nurse
- Family member moving in with you (or vice versa)
Paying for care at home
Talk to Social Services AND to your GP. Make sure the focus remains firmly on your health needs first and foremost – not on how much money you have. Your GP may assume that it’s a matter wholly for Social Services, but if you have health needs, the NHS needs to be involved. At some point you may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.
If you feel you can no longer stay in your current home, you may not necessarily have to move into a care home. You may be able to find sheltered housing locally – or perhaps move into a care ‘village’ or retirement village, such as those run by ExtraCare.
Another option that requires a great deal of careful thought is to have a family member move in with you at home (or vice versa). This is a big step for all concerned and it’s a good idea to take financial advice before you do it, as it could affect your benefits and other aspects of your entitlement to care.
Considering full time care?
If you are thinking of going into full time care at this point, our practical guide, How To Choose A Care Home, will help…
This 39-page practical guide helps you ask the right questions, understand how care fees work and make a better decision. You’ll save time now – and avoid unnecessary care costs later. It also gives you a helpful introduction to care fees and fully-funded NHS care. Read more about How To Choose A Care Home.
“Your list of questions to ask a care home is fantastic… I was more confident in the meetings, and that must be apparent to the care home, too.” Jim Blainey