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Elderly Care Cheatsheet: Six Tips to Get You Started

Getting started with elderly care can be challenging. You're not alone — we're here to help you get started.

Take a deep breath. Along the way, remember to pause from time to time and gather your thoughts. Clear your mind and relax. These six tips will help you with your journey into elderly care:

Where do you want to live?

There is a myriad of options for elderly care living. You will want to choose a place that best fits your situation and you feel comfortable in. This is a very personal choice and can be influenced by personal circumstances. If you are planning on staying in your home, it might need modifications to ensure it is fit-for-purpose.

Discuss your future

You might be reluctant to face the fact that you are not managing as well as you used to. You may also often be frightened about what the future holds. Openly discussing what you can and cannot manage in a calm, objective and rational way will help you to make the right decisions.

Questions that may need to be addressed might include:

  • Can you manage at home?
  • Can you manage the housework, cooking etc.?
  • Do you feel isolated or lonely?
  • Can you manage the stairs?
  • Can you hear the door, television, phone etc.?

Sort out your finances

Everyone wants to find somewhere safe, secure and comfortable, but there is no easy way around the question of just how much it could set you back. There is no simple answer as to how much each type of care will cost you.

Home care, domiciliary care and live-in care

These are great options for those who don’t want to leave their own home and are often more financially viable than the alternatives. However, consideration needs to be made as to whether someone’s home is suitable for their changing needs, and whether or not there is space for an in-house care provider.

Care home or assisted living facility

Residential care homes are set up to provide comfortable living specifically for elderly care – if not purpose built, they have usually been renovated to account for a wide range of circumstances. In addition, the social aspect that they provide can be a key factor.

Visit your GP

You should visit your GP to assess your health and ability to cope at home. The GP can assist with:

  • Reviewing medical management and arranging any further tests that may be required.
  • Communicate with the local authority to arrange a Care Assessment for you.