Why should I choose home care over putting my loved one into a care home?

Making the decision to get extra support for your loved one can be a tough one, not only for yourself, but for the individual to accept. With this in mind, it’s therefore important to make the process as stress free and enjoyable as possible… with your loved one’s safety, health and wellbeing at the centre of this decision. 

Getting older or having a health condition or reduced mobility does not mean that you have to leave your home and enter a care home or live with relatives. By having a Burley’s carer, you can continue to live in your own home with the home comforts you have been used to and to live your life knowing you do not have to compromise your freedom, choice or independence.

In this article, we wanted to give you some more information about why choosing home care could be a better choice (especially in the early stages) than opting for a care home. 

Let’s talk more about independence… 

Throughout our whole lives, humans crave their own independence. When you’re a child, you want to climb the biggest tree, when you’re a teenager you don’t want to rely on your parents, when you’re starting to discover the big wide world, you don’t want someone telling you what to do… and this carries on into your adulthood and later life. 

Independence is what makes us feel alive, so our aim is to ensure our clients don’t lose this. 

Yes, it may have to be monitored a bit more, whether this is due to the effects of getting older, physical ability, mental illness or disability, but we always want everyone in our care to thrive as much as they can. 

All the special people that we provide care for have lived in their home for many years and have seen their own children and their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren in their homes, those are your memories so leaving somewhere so full of cherished memories is often a heart-breaking decision, but one that doesn’t have to be made because with the support of a live-in carer. They will live with you and you will choose your package of care in your home and in your own surroundings living your life 

Whilst a care home resident will still achieve a level of independence, this is partially being taken away by the simple fact that you are in a home with various other people. In many cases, you are going from having your own routine to being slightly controlled by the routine of that home. 

Our home care is flexible

Whether your loved one needs daily home care, or just the occasional visit each week, we will work with everyone in the family to ensure they are getting the right level of care by creating a bespoke care plan. 

And if the requirement for the level of care changes, then so will our carer’s timetables. We will always be there when our clients need us the most. 

At Burleys Home Care we provide carers that won’t just support you but can also assist with taking care of your dog, cat, bird or any beloved pet that you may have. We totally understand how important your pet is to you and also how much it can enhance your wellbeing. We would provide regular walks for your dogs looking after where they sleep and feeding and watering regularly and so what is special to you is special to us and will be cared for as you will be from the heart.

A care home will more likely feel like you are in 24/7 care, which may not be suitable for everyone. 

We assess each individual, as an individual

There is no one size fits all approach at Burley’s Home Care, a bespoke plan is created by our experienced and knowledgeable healthcare workers that take into account their specific needs. 

For example, your loved one may need more help with everyday tasks such as washing up, cleaning and cooking but be totally fine to take care of themselves in terms of their personal care (bathing, eating etc). Our care plan would take all of these things into account. 

Home care provides you with some respite

We are approached by many families that are struggling to care for their loved ones alongside all of their other responsibilities but don’t want to let their parents or grandparents down, so suffer in silence. This is not how either individual should live. Yes, you may be their full-time carer, but you may not be giving them everything they need to thrive. This is where our home carers come in. 

You get some rest, and our carers introduce a slightly different activity, routine or just a different person to talk to. 

A care home is going to provide you more respite, as it’s full time, but this isn’t possibly what is best for either party. Our flexible care plans mean you can still be as involved as you wish. No restricted ‘visiting hours’, you will always still be welcome as if nothing has changed.  

Companionship is key 

Some of our clients don’t require actual help with daily activities, however, due to personal circumstances, may just want to be around someone. This is why we think companionship is key when it comes to the elderly. 

We never encroach on someone’s personal space if it’s not needed but will be there as a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, a friend and so much more than that!  

We offer a range of care services…

At Burley’s, we are not shoehorned into just one type of care service, listed below is everything we can offer: 

Ready to discuss home care for your loved one?

Covering much of East Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, our home care is the perfect next step for your loved one who requires extra support. 

We would love to discuss how we can help and talk to you about our recommended care plan. 

Your loved one will be assigned a single carer, allowing the relationship to build during the course of their home care visits. 

For more information, get in touch with us by filling out the form on our website, or call us on one of the below numbers: 

Hampshire: 01425 470411

East Dorset: 01202 348200

Wiltshire: 01722 280112

Live-In Care: 0345 512022

Or you can visit our Facebook page here. We look forward to hearing from you.

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