Being cared for in your own home is an option that many people actually prefer and recently a report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said that Elderly patients should be looked after at home by NHS-funded carers instead of being kept at hospital.
ADASS is looking at it purely from a financial perspective and predict that the number of people aged 90 and over in England is forecast to increase by 146 per cent in the next 20 years, putting a greater demand on the NHS and care services.
Being Cared For At Home Instead Of Hospital
However from a human perspective maintaining familiar surroundings, keeping fond memories and following an everyday routine are important aspects of care delivery.
Maintaining the best quality of life for elderly people should be clearly the objective. Any physical change of circumstance and surroundings can be an upheaval that many elderly people have trouble coping with. Many elderly people surveyed said they would prefer to receive care at home instead of being hospitalized or entering a care home.
However it has to be mentioned that caring for the elderly at home is open to abuse as private clients receiving care can choose to ‘buy’ care from any individual who may fall outside of the regulations imposed by the Care Quality Commission in the UK.
In a recent interview on BBC Radio 4 Dr Peter Carter called for an overhaul of care services focusing on health care assistants that have not had specialist training to look after older people.
This is especially true when caring for an elderly person who suffers from dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association states that more than half of long-term care patients have dementia. Studies show staff trained specifically in dementia care are able to provide a better quality of life for patients and have increased confidence and interaction with patients as a result.
Receiving care at home is a vital component in long-term care provision for elderly people in the UK, however anyone considering home care for themselves or someone they know should insist on researching a couple of vitally important points:
Is the carer part of an organization which is regulated by the CQC in the UK and upholds their standards and practices
Is the carer trained in all aspects of delivering care and especially has the correct care training for your needs.
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