If you’ve ever felt like you could use some extra support at home, help is available in the form of visiting care. Visiting care from a professional carer offers completely tailored and personalised support, all while allowing you to remain living happily and independently at home.
The ageing population is especially at risk of loneliness and isolation. While home care visits provide help with practical everyday tasks, they also provide so much more. Visiting care offers a helping hand, emotional support or just a friendly conversation right when you need it most.
If you are considering visiting care for yourself or a loved one, then this visiting care guide will answer many of the questions that you may have.
Although visiting care is a good option for individuals with minimal care requirements, it may not be suitable if your care needs are substantial or you are living with a complex medical condition. Live-in care provides a highly-personalised and dedicated standard of care that is difficult to achieve from visiting care alone.
If you would like to learn more about how live-in care can benefit you or your family, do not hesitate to contact our friendly advisors to discuss your care at home needs.
What is visiting care?
Visiting care, or domiciliary care, is hourly or drop-in care provided in your own home. You can personalise your care by choosing the time of day, the length, and the frequency of the visits. Whether you choose hourly visiting care, weekly, or bi-weekly visits, visiting care is a great way to receive bespoke and quality care right in the comfort of your own home.
Visiting home care can involve a number of services including personal care, meal preparation, medication management, and household duties. Whatever the type of help or support you require, there is a visiting home care solution available to meet your care needs.
Who is suitable for home care visits?
Home visit care services are suitable for anyone that requires extra support around their home or could benefit from the consistent companionship home care provides. If you have care needs but do not want to lose your independence or lifestyle, visiting care allows you or your loved ones to receive the care you need without having to leave your much loved-home.
Age-related mobility problems or frailty, disability and illness can all make it hard to cope with everyday activities such as getting dressed, bathing or preparing meals. Visiting care is ideal for anyone that requires some practical help with day-to-day tasks but does not require round-the-clock care.
If you have substantial or on-going care needs, continuing care or complex care may be a more suitable option. If you have a chronic illness, disability or require support following a hospital stay, complex care allows you to receive quality care at home from a specialist live-in care provider. Such highly personalised and nurse-led care will not only help you meet the challenges of your specialist conditions, but may also greatly improve the quality of your life.
What are the benefits of home care visits?
Despite living independently at home, you may struggle with some everyday tasks due to illness, age or injuries. For individuals that do not require round-the-clock care, visiting care provides a convenient solution that can be tailored to match your unique care needs.
Some of the benefits of home care visits include:
Flexibility: Visiting care is flexible and can be tailored to match your care needs. Your visiting care arrangement may involve a few hours of care a week or several daily visits. If your care needs change over time, visiting care can adapt to meet your changing needs.
Consistent companionship: Home care visits provide so much more than just practical help. The ageing population is especially at risk for loneliness and isolation. Through home care visits, you can rely on a helping hand and a friendly face for a chat over tea or a walk in the garden.
Maintain your independence: Many people with care needs believe their only choice is to move into a residential nursing or care home setting. Visiting care provides an alternative that allows you to enjoy the care you need while remaining in the home you love.
Respite care: Short-term respite care offers family members the opportunity to take a break from looking after their loved ones. Individuals with care needs will enjoy dedicated, one-to-one care from a professional carer while family members can take the time to rest and recharge.
Short-term care: Following a hospital stay, surgery, or illness, you may require some extra support at home. Many people believe their only option for recovery is to remain in a hospital or care home setting, but short-term care provides a solution for those that wish to receive quality care right in their own home.
Alternatives to visiting care
While visiting care can be beneficial to individuals that just need some extra support at home, it may not be the best option for people with complex or on-going care needs.
If you or a loved one requires complex care for a chronic or long-term health condition, visiting care may not be able to provide the support you need to enjoy independently living at home. Many conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s require specialist support and a consistency of care that visiting care simply can not provide.
For individuals and their families currently receiving visiting care at home, they may find their care needs begin to change over time and their overall health worsens due to age or illness. If you feel that you require specialist support or greater levels of care than visiting care can provide, a live in care arrangement may be more suitable.
Highly-personalised live-in care is when a professional carer moves into your home to provide you with round-the-clock dedicated care and companionship. Individuals with care needs will benefit from dedicated support while family members will enjoy the peace of mind and reassurance of knowing experienced carers are there to support their loved ones.
Unlike with visiting care where appointments are often short due to time constraints, live-in care offers a continuity of care that simply can’t be achieved with visiting care alone. This extra quality time spent with your carer allows you to form a meaningful relationship outside of your care routine, something that is impossible to achieve with the little time visiting care providers are afforded to you.
Live-in Care from The Good Care Group
The Good Care Group has been providing quality live-in care across the UK for over 10 years. We provide a highly-tailored and fully-managed care service that received an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all areas by the Care Quality Commission.
We’re committed to helping you find the right care at home solution so that you can receive the quality care you need while staying in the comfort and familiarity of your much-loved home. We offer a number of bespoke and highly-personalised care arrangements that are tailored to your choices, wishes and preferences, so that you can maintain the lifestyle you are accustomed to.
If you are living with a specialist medical condition like dementia, Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis, or you simply our expert live-in carers can provide you with dedicated care on a one-to-one basis that will enable you to maintain your independence, whilst improving your health outcomes and overall quality of life.
Call our friendly and approachable team to learn how we can help you and your family.
Talk to us about your care needs
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