Providing care for an older relative can be a challenging and complex process, but there are steps you can take to put a package of care in place. Here are some general steps you can take:
- Assess the care needs: The first step is to assess your relative’s care needs. You can contact your local authority and request a care needs assessment, which will determine the level of care needed. This assessment can be done over the phone or in person and is free of charge.
- Choose a care provider: Once you know the level of care required, you can research care providers. Your local authority can provide a list of approved providers, or you can search online for care providers in your area. It’s important to choose a provider that meets your relative’s needs and has a good reputation.
- Arrange funding: Depending on your relative’s financial situation, they may be eligible for financial assistance from the local authority or the NHS. Your local authority can provide information on available funding options.
- Create a care plan: A care plan outlines the specific care needs and how they will be met. This should include details such as medication management, assistance with daily tasks, and any specific health needs. A good care provider will be able to help you create a care plan.
- Monitor the care: Once the care package is in place, it’s important to monitor the care provided to ensure it meets your relative’s needs. Regular communication with the care provider is essential to ensure any issues are addressed promptly.
- Review the care: The care plan should be reviewed regularly to ensure it continues to meet your relative’s changing needs. This can be done by the care provider or the local authority.
The process of putting a package of care in place for an older relative can be complex and time-consuming, but there is support available to help you through the process.
If you have any questions about the care you think you might need, either for you or your loved one, please speak to a member of our care team for a no-obligation chat. We are always happy to help.