Working out what care is best suited to your needs can be a complex and time consuming task. We have provided a list of some of the most common care options, each with innate advantages and disadvantages that should be considered when working out what care is suitable and very importantly, affordable for as long as it is needed.
Care at Home
An increasing number of people are being cared for in their own home.
Many people assume this to be associated with help in administering daily tasks and/or nursing care, but nowadays there are extensive services available allowing you to live well in your own home for as long as you want. Home care services range from support such as offering companionship, gardening and food shopping, to round the clock live-in care. MCC is in touch with some of the best home care providers in the industry who take the time to match a carer with the client using a ‘person centred’ approach. You can tailor a package to suit you meaning it can often be a more affordable option than moving into residential care where you are required to pay for your accommodation and food, in addition to the care services you receive there.
There are different types of residential care available. You need to be sure you choose a home that is appropriate for the level of care you need.
Care homes offer 24-hour on-call support, as well as all meals, but the specialist nursing care can vary widely, as can the cost. My Care Consultant works alongside various care homes in the UK to give you the assistance you need to choose the right care home for you or your loved one.
Sheltered Housing & Retirement Villages
This option offers a degree of independent living, normally in the form of an apartment or small bungalow.
There are communal areas where there can be organised social activities, and there is usually some sort of 24-hour on-call service. You can choose either to buy or rent a home within a sheltered housing development. There has recently been an up-surge in retirement villages, which is a form of sheltered housing offering luxury facilities including medical facilities on site.
Close Care Living
These developments are a relatively new concept and consist of independent flats or bungalows built on the same site as a care home.
Residents often have some services (such as cleaning) included in their service charge and other services can be purchased from the care home. You can choose to either rent or buy a Close Care home.
In some areas, there are schemes called ‘Homeshare’ where you can let a younger person share your home in exchange for some care and support.
If you are considering care, My Care Consultant can provide you with information about what’s available locally, links to the best providers and and idea of cost.