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Why you should consider Home Care before a Care Home

The decision to leave your home to go into a nursing facility is not one to be taken lightly.  Your home is quite possibly the best place for you – it gives you freedom, a sense of belonging in the community, responsibility and, most importantly, independence.  Now we know, according to research published in the British Medical Journal, that continuing to live at home can also be better for your health–elderly people who received integrated social and medical care, like home help and home care, were admitted to hospital or a nursing home at a later stage and less frequently, and their decline in cognitive status was reduced.

At CareWorld, we believe you should consider “Home Care before Care Home”.  We advocate looking at Home Care and Home Help as a viable source of long-term care for those who need it rather than rushing into the decision to move into residential or nursing-home care.  What home care and home help provide is a visiting service of trained, insured, Garda-vetted professional carers to assist you with your daily activities. This can be as simple as cooking a meal and doing some light housework, providing a little company, or assistance with personal hygiene, dressing, errands, medication, exercise, and participating in community life.

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If you are considering what steps to take to ensure you or your loved one continue to live safely and comfortably, we recommend that you:
 - Consider Nursing Home care as a last resort
While a Nursing Home can provide excellent, round-the-clock care, it may be your final move and you may never be in a position to return to your home. It is not an inexpensive move either – a public nursing home bed costs on average €1,245 per week (which can go up to €2,139 per week).
- Get an Ability-Assessment from your Doctor
Sometimes we consider only nursing homes when a person has been taken ill or has had a fall, believing that they need 24 hour nursing home care. This is often not the case. Your doctor can assess your needs and recommend what help is required, and in many cases this can easily be provided for you in your own home, maintaining your independence and freedom.
- Call CareWorld to see how we can help you in your home
CareWorld specialises in helping older people to remain living safely and independently at home. We are a HSE Preferred Provider of Home Care and Home Help services.  We can tailor a Home Care Package to meet your specific needs, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. We accept all HSE grants for home care, and tax relief is also available for those who qualify (see the IT 47 Tax Relief Form here.) Our home help assistants are fully Garda-vetted and specially trained, which is why we are recommended by all of our customers and service-users. Our service-users and their families have a relationship of trust with our Care Assistants, and are safe in the knowledge that they can contact us any time with any doubts, worries or questions. Click here to contact us by email, or phone us to speak to one of our advisors on +353 (0)1-616-9747.

Written by Deirdre O’Driscoll, CareWorld Ireland

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