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Busting the myths and misconceptions around home care

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Home care has rapidly become one of the most popular ways for people to receive vital support and assistance in their daily lives. However, there are a few common queries and questions people may have over receiving care in the home.

From concerns over the level of care delivered to worries around costs and finances, the common misconceptions about home care may end up deterring the people intended to benefit from it the most. By addressing these points head on, we hope that more of those requiring care services will feel more comfortable in considering home care in the future.

Here we bust some of the common myths surrounding home care and we’ll outline just how SureCare works to help keep your mind at ease.

Is home care only for the elderly?

While the majority of our service users tend to be those a bit later on in life, SureCare is also able to provide care for people of all ages. This means that adults, teenagers and even children who rely on extra assistance with daily tasks can receive a quality service.

We understand that every individual’s situation is different. This is why our care workers are highly flexible when it comes to delivering safe and effective services. For example, you may require temporary assistance whilst recuperating from a stay in hospital, or a loved one may need more long-term help living with a physical disability or learning difficulty. Whoever you are and whatever your needs, home care is available for anyone seeking support.

Will I actually get a dedicated care worker assigned to me?

When we first meet with you to discuss your needs, we also get to know your personality and interests. This helps us to match you with your ideal care worker, who will get to know all about you and your routines. We aim to help develop a friendly relationship between you and your care worker to make things as comfortable and familiar as possible.

However, your designated care worker will need to take breaks at times, or they could be temporarily reassigned to other care jobs. Another member of our care team may step in to provide cover for them, but they’ll be fully informed of your preferred routines and any special requirements to give you peace of mind. SureCare is dedicated to ensuring that any transitions like this are carried out smoothly, so as to keep any disruption to your care as minimal as possible.

Are care workers committed to their care standards?

The people who go into the care profession do so because they have a passion to support those most in need. For our dedicated teams, providing home care isn’t “just a job” to earn a living and pay the bills. It’s a way to use our skills to give something back to the most vulnerable members of our local communities.

All SureCare operators around the country are regulated by the Care Quality Commission giving you and your loved ones the peace of mind that we always carry out our services to the highest possible standards. Further to this, all care staff are thoroughly DBS checked and given rigorous training to ensure they uphold our standards of healthcare every day.

What about the costs of home care?

Like many services, cost is always going to be a factor when deciding on whether or not to use home care. However, we also understand that when vital care services are needed, users shouldn’t be restricted by affordability. That’s why we work with local authorities to assist with assessments and to advise on what financial support may be available.

When you’re thinking about choosing a home care service, your local council can help you with a financial means test to understand your individual circumstances. This will determine how much you may need to contribute towards the cost of your care. Whatever the circumstances, SureCare aims to provide the right support where possible.

If you’re looking for a home care or live-in care package, contact your local SureCare team today to see how we can help you. Can’t find a SureCare branch operating in your area? Get in touch with our head office team on 01244 321 199 to see how we may be able to help you in the future.