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Why Should I Choose Home Care?

The fact is that most people would like to be cared at home. Home care is the most popular option amongst elderly people who need care.

97% of people surveyed said they don’t want to go into a care home when they’re older (OnePoll, 2014), and 71% of us would prefer to reach the end of their life in our own home. Not only that but home care is proven to be better for our health and mental wellbeing.

There have been a number of studies have shown that person-centred care at home has a greater positive impact on wellbeing, happiness and reduced hospital admissions than those that live in care homes. Perhaps for this reason, it is the aim of the NHS to keep people out of residential care and in their own homes for as long as possible. Home care also forms an important part of the World Health Organisation’s 2020 strategy.

Contrary to popular belief, home care is typically cheaper than going into a residential care home or nursing home. The cost of care homes varies by location, but the average is £42,536 per year for a residential home, and £51,376 per year for a nursing home. In addition, if you are living in your own home, its value will not be included in means-test asset calculations which decide if you qualify for public funding.

It’s been proven that those suffering with dementia in particular benefit from private care at home. This is partly from being around their own belongings in a place full of memories and stimuli (such as photographs and books). A 2013 study showed that dementia sufferers who live at home experienced higher activity levels, quality of life and social connectedness than those living in institutional care.

One of the main goals of Complete Care is to help all of our clients maintain their independence for as long as possible. It is harder to maintain a sense of independence and self when you are institutionalised, particularly if the decision to go into a home was not yours. By being supported at home, elderly people can continue living aspects of their previous life, surrounded by reminders of the life they carved out for themselves.

We tailor your support to meet your individual needs and adjust it as these needs change. For example, you might start with a few hours twice a week to help with tasks like shopping and cleaning – then move up over time to daily care, or even a live-in carer

You have more control over the care, you’re working directly with the carers so you can hand-pick the individuals looking after yourself or your loved one – so you can be sure they’re the right fit. This also enables continuity of care, where routines can be learned and bonds formed.

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