How Better Healthcare can support informal carers in the UK

We understand how challenging it is to be an informal carer for a loved one, which is why we’re here to help.

According to a 2019 ONS report, the UK’s senior population (aged 65 and over) is growing faster than other age groups – most likely due to declining fertility and mortality rates and more people living longer. With an ageing population, there is a need to provide care for those in that demographic; care that is often required when a person’s general health deteriorates as they age. However, public spending on care for older people has not matched this increase in life expectancy – with 700,000 older people unable to access care support from local authorities in 2019.

This need for elderly care has led to many relatives and friends stepping in to provide informal, unpaid care when they can. Informal carers in the UK are thought to number, depending on the estimates, somewhere between 5 and 8 million people. Approximately half of all adult carers are thought to be in full-time or part-time employment, while over a quarter stated they were providing 35+ hours of informal care every week. This pressure can have serious consequences on caregivers, with many suffering ill-health and isolation due to providing informal care.

However, you needn’t feel alone or over-worked if you find yourself as an informal carer. At Better Healthcare Services, we know how difficult it can be to provide care to loved ones. We are here to help ease the stress, energy and time you spend on caring for a loved one. We provide care services that extend from round-the-clock quality care for your loved one, to short daily visits throughout the week to give you breaks from providing care and allowing you to do the things you want to do in life and take well-deserved breaks.

Better Healthcare provides live-in care and home care

Our approach to care at Better Healthcare is that we believe everyone has the right to remain in their home, for as long as possible, if they want to do so. To help achieve this goal, we provide flexible care options that generally fall into two categories:

Home care

Home care is a user-led service provided by our fully qualified and highly trained carers. Through a series of visits during the week, ranging from short half-hour visits to more extensive periods, our carers provide support to people with day-to-day tasks around their house while also offering much needed companionship. The service is totally flexible and tailored to the needs of you and your loved one. It often includes:

  • Support with personal care needs (such as washing, dressing, grooming and toileting)
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Going to the shops or pharmacies to get essentials or prescriptions
  • Supervising medication intake
  • Helping with housework and light gardening
  • Providing company during outings or doctors/hospital appointments

This service is particularly favoured by those who want to continue providing care for their loved one but need support that will allow them to also live their own life too.

Live-in care

Our live-in care involves a dedicated carer living in a person’s home and providing them with round-the-clock support; allowing them to remain in the comfort their own home. Live-in care also involves the same provision of tasks and errands listed above but ensures that there is always someone there to look after your loved one. This makes it particularly beneficial to those who require:

  • Elderly care
  • Dementia care
  • Learning disability care

Our costs compared to other care providers offering similar services is extremely competitive, beginning at £898/week. However, this service can also be flexible and can be tailored to provide care on a part-time or full-time basis, or when a primary caregiver requires respite care.

Better Healthcare supports informal carers

At Better Healthcare Services, we understand how challenging it can be to provide care, especially for informal carers. Informal care is often unpaid and can be performed in the carer’s spare time or in lieu of actual paid work. Through our home care and live-in care services, we can alleviate the constant burden of being an informal carer and allow you to enjoy the things in life that you love without having to worry that your loved one isn’t receiving support.

Through our user-led and person-centred approaches to care, our care team – supported by administrative staff at our head office – will work with you and your loved one to provide the support that will make your loved one both comfortable and happy. Whether it’s home care, live-in care or simply the occasional respite care, Better Healthcare is here to provide quality care where kindness, compassion and providing comfort are at the heart of everything that we do.

For more information on how our services can help you and your loved one live at home with independence, dignity and support, simply call us on 0800 668 1234 or contact your local Better Healthcare office today.

This post was initially published in 2018 updated on 04/03/2020.

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