Safest Care Options: How to care for elderly relatives without putting them at risk of Covid-19.


Ashridge Home Care team

For the team at Ashridge Home Care it is business as usual.

We’re very conscious of the need to continue to follow all the necessary protocols and government guidelines to keep our clients, clients’ families and our care workers safe and to provide reassurance to everyone that we have not relented in our commitment to provide an outstanding home care service.

PPE is provided to each care worker to carry out safe care tasks. All our care staff have completed infection control and hygiene training and are aware of the necessary precautions they need to take to ensure the risks to our clients are minimised.

With elderly people clearly safer at home why are care homes still viewed as a “good choice” by healthcare and social care professionals? 

There’s overwhelming evidence that staying at home with one to one care and attention can have a profound effect on health and wellbeing.

The Coronavirus pandemic has shown that Care and Nursing Homes, despite the valiant efforts of their heroic staff, are not able to give their residents a safe, dignified and happy last few months or years of life.

A shocking difference between the numbers of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes compared to those having professional care in their own homes suggests we rethink the whole future of elderly care in the UK.  Just 0.17% of old people receiving professional care in their own homes have died from COVID-19 compared to 29.3% of old people in care homes. Every death from this virus is a tragedy, leaving behind family and friends in mourning.

Knowing that you require care or your loved one requires care can be very difficult, but knowing there is an option for care that doesn’t involve the upheaval and distress associated moving to a care home is a blessing for many families.  Live-in care allows someone with high levels of need to remain in their own home and community and lead a good quality life in familiar surroundings.

We are doing our very best to maintain staffing levels, continue to recruit and train new carers and we are also continuing to take on new clients for both hourly visiting and live-in care.

COVID-19 continues to be dominating our days and we are taking every effort possible to keep people safe. If you, or a loved one, are facing the emotional decision of finding the right elderly care, it is important to reach out in times of need, remember that there is support out there for you.

Read more: What are the alternatives to a care home?

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