If you or a loved one are diagnosed with a limiting or disabling illness, it can be a difficult and scary time, and you might feel like your life has been turned upside-down. You might worry about time and money, and you might start looking at lots of different care options, and homecare might be at the top of your list. However, there are a lot of myths surrounding – not just homecare – but the care industry in general. You should’ve have any reason to fear, and you’re entitled to the truth, so here are some of the biggest myths surrounding homecare, busted.
1/ Care staff are unskilled
Some of the biggest misconceptions about homecare surrounds the skills and capability of the nurses and learners, with a large swathe of society believing caring to be an unskilled profession, especially due to the growing numbers of people going into care in recent times. The fact of the matter is that Britain has a larger, ageing population, and the reason that so many people are going into care work is to cater to the difficulties that this brings about.
However, this doesn’t mean that care workers aren’t skilled. Though there are no degrees or certificates required to go into care, a good healthcare company will vigorously screen candidates to ensure that the people that they hire are… well… caring! Working in care is all about listening and communication skills, and keeping calm and patient in difficult situations.
2/ Homecare is expensive
On the other end of this spectrum, there’s the myth that homecare is free and provided by the council, which is unfortunately only true in some cases. However, what is true is that in most cases, a long-term homecare plan can be a lot cheaper than putting your loved one up in a nursing home. For starters, the value of the patient’s house isn’t taken into consideration in the way it is by nursing homes. Not only that, but the annual cost of homecare can work out a lot cheaper depending on how much care the patient needs. The care can be flexed around the individual needs and is not a one size fits all option.
3/ Nursing homes are “easier”
There’s nothing easy about being put in a position where you might have to consider care – but nobody should feel like they “have to” put a loved one in a nursing home. People value their independence, and being diagnosed with an illness that might involve being put in care shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing that completely if it can be avoided. Home care can be much more flexible and bespoke to the individual patient and allows pre-defined one to one care.
Homecare programmes are tailored to suit the needs of both the carer and the patient, which means that all care takes place on the patient’s own terms in the comfort of their own home.
There are lots of resources on the internet if you are in this position and need help finding the solution for you.
Article by Arran Garside, a lover of words who often writes for Locala HomeCare.