SHORT TERM CARE AT HOME
WHAT IS SHORT TERM LIVE-IN CARE?
Short term home care as the name suggests is whereby a care arrangement is needed for a short period of time, typically to support a person who has either left hospital following a period of illness or surgery, or for those requiring convalescent care. It can be used by a family who need a break from their role of caring for a loved one.
Many people believe that when they need short term care services, they need to receive this in a residential care home or hospice for those requiring palliative care.
Short term care at home, delivered by a trained and professional live-in carer, supported by clinical experts is a real alternative that allows a person to be cared for in the comfort and familiarity of their own home with their family around them for support, whilst minimising as much unnecessary disruption to their routine as possible. According to a recent survey conducted by the Live-in Care Hub, 97% of people given the choice would want to stay in their own home to receive the care they need.
Benefits of short term care from The Good Care Group
We have been providing high quality, live-in short term care to many families across the country for over 10 years. At the heart of our short term care is enabling people to live well in their own home with the medical care and support they need from a carefully well-matched, trained professional carer who provides a better quality of life for those receiving care, whilst families receive a fully managed and regulated service that they can trust and rely on.
TYPES OF SHORT TERM
Respite care – Respite care at home is a short term and flexible arrangement that allows for a person to be cared for in the comfort and familiarity of their own home by a professional carer, whilst a family carer takes a break from looking after their loved one.
Intermediate care – Intermediate care services provide care and support for a short time to enable you to recover and rehabilitate following an acute illness or hospital treatment or for those living with specialist conditions that affect older people, meaning you can start to live healthily and happily with as much independence as possible. An intermediate care service is focused on achieving clear goals over a specific time whilst minimising disruption to your routines and avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.
WHEN IS SHORT TERM CARE NEEDED?
An alternative to hospital or care home admission
Receiving short term live-in nursing care can help avoid a hospital admission and readmission following surgery or an illness. A live-in carer can help support you with daily tasks, like dressing, whilst also helping maintain the home, with cleaning and cooking. Having that extra support can help reduce your risk of falls and other complications that can occur after a hospital stay.
To support end-of-life care
Short term live-in care can also provide vital support at end of life. A short term carer can help you and your loved ones reach certain goals, like preparing the home for at home palliative care or establishing a care routine that your loved ones can deliver in the later stages.
WHO ARE OUR CARERS?
Our people are the reason we are rated so highly across the UK for our levels of care, commitment and safety. Our support is the reason so many of them have stayed and made a difference to the clients they look after and have the career they have always wanted.
In the videos below our Professional Carers Lina and Gary describe what a typical day looks like for them and their clients.
Why choose The Good Care Group?
We have been providing high quality, live-in care to families in England and Scotland for over 10 years. At the heart of our award-winning service is enabling people to live independently in their own home with an improved quality of life. Our approach to care at home means our clients can achieve improved health and well-being. For families they benefit from peace of mind and reassurance that their loved one is receiving the very best care and support.
A perfectly matched care team
A live-in care service usually involves two carers working a two-week rotation. They will be carefully matched working with you and your family. We make sure they are skilled and equipped to meet all your care and support needs. Our focus on matching means the chosen care team shares common interests and backgrounds. We know this means life is enjoyable for everyone. Your care team really gets to know you and your needs, which means you get the consistency of care.
Expertly trained carers
All our professional carers are required to complete our leading training programme before they care for our clients. Our programme has been created with leading charities and clinical experts. It goes beyond mandatory requirements in the care sector. Carers are then equipped to provide high-quality care and support for those living with specialist conditions. Our carers never stop learning new skills to further enhance the care they provide.
Continuity of care
Unlike an agency we employ our carers. This means they are committed to us, as we are to them. Carers enjoy the security of being employed, which means they stay with us longer. Those who work for agencies move around more. For families this means that you get continuity and consistency of the same care team caring for your loved one. This means high-quality care can be achieved with improved outcomes and no disruption to your loved one’s life.
In-house clinical experts
We have a dedicated team of in-house clinical experts. This includes a specialist consultant nurse, who also provides Admiral Nurse services to those living with dementia. Our management team consists of nursing professionals. They guide our carers to provide safe and effective nurse-led care at home. We also have our own in-house Occupational Therapist (OT) who works closely with healthcare professionals and our care teams. Our OT provides guidance and advice that enables people to live well in their own home with any equipment they may need. These experts lead, monitor and support our care teams to deliver best practice nurse-led care at home.
Innovative care technology
Unlike any other live-in care provider, we have our own online care community. Families, healthcare professionals and carers can access up to date information about the care being provided. It enables more effective monitoring, which means issues can be responded to efficiently. For our families it provides a reassuring window into the care their loved one is receiving. Our carers also use the online community to share ideas and support each other. It provides a vital connection which is important when remote working. Carers will use the online community so their clients can enjoy time online. This includes video calls with family, so they feel connected. Clients can use it to shop online or browse the web.
Improving health outcomes
Every decision we make is driven by delivering improved health outcomes for our clients. Our digital technology allows us to predict risk and shape the care we provide. We measure health outcomes.
We want to know we are improving the quality of our clients’ lives every year.
Our health and well-being aim to reduce:
- Behaviours that challenge
- Antipsychotic drugs in dementia care
- Falls in the home
- Hospital admissions
- Readmission to hospital
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Chest infections
- Carer stress
- They aim to promote:
- Excellent nutrition and hydration
- Enjoyment in life
Highest service rating from care regulators in England and Scotland
Unlike introduction agencies we are fully regulated in England and Scotland. This means the care and support we provide is regularly inspected. We are the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We have achieved this rating in all five measures – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. In Scotland, our service has been inspected by the Care Inspectorate (CI). It has achieved the highest rating of a 6 (Excellent) for quality of care and support and 5 (very good) for staffing, management and leadership. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.
A fully managed service
Families benefit from our fully managed service delivered by care experts. This means you do not need to worry about supervising and managing the carer looking after your loved one. Our professional carers are supervised by an experienced care manager and supported by clinical experts. We provide this support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your dedicated care manager will be on hand to support you, your loved one and our carer teams. We invest in our care management team to ensure they have enough time to give the support everyone needs. With our fully managed service, families do not have the burden of managing the care arrangement themselves. We know this means families can have peace of mind, whilst enjoying quality time with their loved one. They do not have to worry about the tasks of caring.
Local teams with national coverage
We operate throughout England and Scotland with a local approach to management of our teams near you. Each dedicated care manager local to you has only a small number of clients to support. This means they can provide higher levels of monitoring and support than other home care providers. It also means a highly personalised approach to care can be delivered.
The cost of short term care
Our costs of care for a short term arrangement is subject to a full assessment of your loved one’s needs. It is worth considering that live-in short term care is comparable to the care offered in a care home, with all the compelling benefits of staying in the comfort, familiarity and safety of your own home and surroundings, whilst receiving the specialist medical support you need.
How to arrange short term care
The approach we take to organising in home, short term care is the same as with our permanent live-in care service. If you get in touch with us, you can speak to a member of our experienced team who will answer any questions you may have and provide any information you need to make the right decision.
We will then arrange a no-obligation home meeting with you and your loved one to discuss their needs and how we will to match the perfect professional carer for you so we can then ensure we get the right team and care package in place.
Talk to us about your care needs
Call our team today – we are available 24/7 to take your call.