When is the Right time to get help?
When is the right time to consider home care for my loved one? There are dozens of signs that are as personal and as individual as the people who ask themselves this question. In almost all cases, there is a “trigger event” or occurrence that signals a greater need – both for the client and for the family and friends who may be increasingly challenged by the responsibilities of providing support.
Here are just a few typical “trigger events” to watch for:
- Losing a driver’s license and the freedom to get around
- A fall that results in reduced mobility
- A hospital stay or procedure that results in the need for temporary care during the healing process.
In other cases, it’s more gradual. You may notice subtle changes that are concerning, such as:
- Reduced attention to personal appearance or to the upkeep of their home
- A decreased attention to food safety (using foods beyond expiry dates, etc.)
- Forgetfulness – missing meals or medications, forgetting to pay bills
- Depression, avoiding social events or contact with others.
In addition to being aware of a loved one needing more care, it is critical that family and friends be aware if they themselves or other family caregivers are showing the signs of emotional or physical exhaustion of providing that care.
That is where The Encounter Group (Encounter Live-In-Care Specialists) Limited is available to provide whatever support is needed for the whole family – anything from a few hours a month to relieve a family carer, to daily care for families that require greater support. Get started Now or Contact us today and arrange a no obligation visit
Costs & Funding for your Home Care
The services provided by The Encounter Group (Encounter Live-In-Care Specialists) Limited come in several formats, and without knowing your individual requirements it is difficult to recognise the length and extent of care that you need.
If circumstances were the same, we could work out the cost – all of which is dependent on several factors, including your financial position and the policies of your local authority (you may be eligible for state-funded care).
A Visit from your Local Authority
If you feel that you need support, you should first contact your local authority. After a brief explanation of your situation, the Health & Social Care team will arrange a visit to meet you and discuss your needs.
From this visit, the representative from your local authority will carry out two assessments. The first assessment will establish your care needs and the second will be a financial assessment to discern your current financial position.
Following this, your local authority will have a clear picture of the care you need and whether you qualify for state funding.