[ March 17, 2014 ]
New research has shown that nine out of ten people would like to be cared for in their own home in old age, but three quarters of pensioners do not discuss their wishes with family members, leaving decisions until they are facing a crisis or are unable to make their opinion clear.
The aim of elderly healthcare at Shaw is to involve individuals in the major and minor decisions of their care, from the type of care they receive to what they want to eat for dinner. Domiciliary care is available for many elderly people but for families, often the security and reassurance of nursing home care is the first choice for elderly relatives. Medical requirements and dementia are also influential on the suitability of home care, but planning ahead for elderly care can widen your options – so long as you make your needs known. Over half of the UK’s over 50s reported that they have organised care for a relative, but one in three didn’t ask about their loved one’s preferences when doing so.
Further research of over 10,000 people over 50 revealed that 77% of people do not discuss their care with loved ones, suggesting that people are unaware of the different care choices available, or perhaps simply a subconscious avoidance of their future needs. The prospect of elderly care can be difficult to discuss, charged with emotion and worries about losing independence and quality of life. But with a better understanding of the various care options available in the UK, and the support from an objective organisation such as My Care My Home, open communication can become easier.
Having plans in place before you reach the point of decision can help you to see your options much clearer, with a practical view to your financial situation, care funding, and support network. If you need help with planning ahead for elderly care our advisors are always happy to offer guidance and provide information on the different types of elderly care available, from home care to community living schemes, nursing homes to specialist facilities for people with dementia. Call us free on 0800 9020092 or visit www.shaw.co.uk for more information.