Arranging suitable care for a loved one following a hospital stay

Arranging suitable care for a loved one following a hospital stay

Arranging care before you leave hospital

When a loved one is due to be discharged from hospital, relatives are often left with the overwhelming task of arranging suitable care in either an at-home or care home setting.

Having to deal with a multitude of various healthcare agencies at the same time is a challenge in itself, but when you factor in the impact of Covid-19 and the fact that many care homes are closing their doors to hospital discharge patients to help reduce the risk of virus transmission, it’s easy to see how quickly things can become difficult.

Research carried out by the Live-in care hub has revealed than an overwhelming 97% of people would prefer to stay living at home if given the choice. However, this raises concerns for family members who are unable to offer the professional, one-to- one care discharged patients may require as they continue to recover at home. For people aged 65 to 80 years old living at home without additional care support, the figures for trips and falls range from a worrying 30% to 50% for the upper age tier, meaning these family concerns are far from unfounded.

Sadly, with commitments such as work and children also needing to be considered, it isn’t always possible to provide the help and support a loved one requires during the transition from hospital ward to home and beyond.

Alternatives to family care

However, what many people are unaware of is the fact that there are care alternatives available to ensure the wellbeing of loved ones in their own homes. Such options include having a care professional live-in on a short term basis while recovery continues. This arrangement acts as a wrap-around service to support the ongoing healthcare services provided by the NHS or district care teams and can help reduce the risk of falls, pressure sores and UTIs due to poor hydration.

Professional live-in home care also guarantees that there is someone on hand to monitor recovery in the interim and to report back to healthcare providers and family members on a regular basis.

Staying at home with a professional carer after a hospital discharge will result in better recovery and well-being, dignity, independence and enjoyment of life.

Following this transition period, regular care visits can then be put in place and a tailored care plan created to best suit the needs of the person in question going forwards.

How much does a care at home cost?

In many cases, the cost of at-home care can be offset by financial support from the government. The support on offer varies and is subject to certain eligibility criteria, but in most cases this is a far more attractive solution than privately run care homes or family members having to sacrifice their own salary in order to care for a loved one following a hospital stay.

Remember to talk to your local council and ask for any advice about medical financial help that they can give you, as well as a needs assessment for medical or living support.

With the cost of residential homes rising and a lack of funding options available, you may want to look for other care alternatives that can help with supporting your loved ones. Home care services can enable families to keep a greater control over not just the quality of care that they receive, but the cost of these services as well.

Care is expensive, but you should understand the costs so you can budget. It is so important to do your research to ensure you make the right choices.

Do I have to sell my home to pay for care?

If you or a loved one need long-term care in later life, how will this be paid for? Will you have to sell your house? Or can you still leave your home to family members? And what help is out there?

Some people have to sell their home to help pay for their care, but there are many situations where people do not have to do this. Always remember – you do not necessarily have to sell your house to pay for care!

While your home is counted towards your capital assets, you don’t always have to sell your home to receive care. Read on to learn about the exceptions.

As a multi award winning care provider with over 30 years’ experience, Ashridge Home Care has the capacity to provide healthy, skilled, conscientious and friendly carers to deliver a safe one-to-one care to vulnerable and elderly individuals in the comfort of their own home.