Choosing Homecare for your Parents
There comes a point in many lives whereby the roles reverse and you either become the carer to or have to think about finding care for your parents. Choosing and arranging that care can be difficult. Finding the right people and care package for your closest family members is not necessarily an easy or straightforward process, especially if you haven’t had to think about it before.
If you’re at the point of sourcing care, or even just having those early discussions, your head will probably be full of questions. Where do I start? What financial support is there? What does homecare look like? You’re not alone. Each year our team helps dozens of families plan and set up homecare provision for their parents. In some cases, the ‘children’ live an extended distance from their parents, even overseas, and so we act as their local connection to quality care.
Where do I start finding homecare for my parents?
At Brooker Care we believe there are seven steps to continued, quality care provision. Whilst different people will enter the process at different stages, subject to their own personal circumstances, visualising it as a cyclical, ongoing process is the best way of ensuring that we are continually delivering the right care, in the right way.
Our dedicated team can help you wherever you join the process, providing advice, support and guidance. We work closely with the local authority, in our case West Sussex, and will happily make any introductions necessary.
How quickly can a care package be put in place for my parents?
When you visit your parents you may be noticing the signs of them struggling a little more than usual. Decline in health or their physical environment may not be significant at first and could just manifest as extra effort required for daily tasks that they previously took in their stride. But the simple fact is if you’re beginning to think about arranging some help, then the time is right and it’s best to have something in place before it becomes any more urgent.
It may be that the initial care package we provide is relatively basic and is more focused on helping your parents to become accustomed to receiving some support. Using the illustrated cycle above, it can always be reviewed and increased in the future as necessary. In exceptional circumstances, a care package can be set up and in place within 24-48 hours, but typically we suggest a week to 10 days from initial enquiry. This slightly gentler pace helps to create a care package that meets with all round approval and allows a phased introduction and familiarisation.
How involved can I be with my parents’ homecare?
Our care focused IT systems ensure everyone involved in the delivery and receipt of care has a clear and current picture of the care package. The Brooker Care team uses the system to plan and notify visits and make relevant notes during each call, which can then be viewed and responded to by families using the app. It provides an incredibly valuable communication tool between us as the care provider, your parents and relevant family members. The app can also be used to share important information, care updates and handle additional requests quickly and easily. So, whether you’re just around the corner, or on the other side of the world, you can stay up to date and as involved as you wish.
Questions about choosing homecare for your parents?
Why not give us a call and chat it through with one of our friendly and experienced team members today. We’ll do our very best to help you and guide you and your loved ones through the process.