While everything is fine we don’t tend to think about needing care and support in the future. Keeping healthy and active, planning for the future can help you to live the life you choose and making your wishes known can ease any worry for you and those around you at a time of crisis. But, often it is at a time of crisis that we are left with making care decisions, sometimes with little time they can be complex and expensive!
Coming out of Hospital
This is one of the most common times for arranging care quickly. A stay in Hospital may be the very thing needed and enable a return home but it can also make you feel more dependent or make you realise that maybe you weren’t managing as well as you had thought.
Many people want to go home but feel tired, less confident or able to manage. A spouse/partner or friend, family, carer maybe unable to cope. Sometimes this need is being highlighted for the first time, it’s a shock and the situation can seem unmanageable. Care Navigators can help assess and arrange care and support you to plan financially for longer term.
Preparing for a stay in Hospital
Whether sudden or planned a Hospital stay can be a worrying time especially if you are;
- Living alone and worried about securing a property or looking after a pet, managing money or being able to return home.
- Caring for someone else and aren’t sure how they will manage when you aren’t there.
- Frightened of having to stay in for longer than expected, not being able to go back home or make your own decisions.
These are all very real concerns and not knowing how long you are going to be in Hospital can be a dilemma in itself as you aren’t sure what plans you have to make or for how long. Please ask if you need some help to make these preparations.
A Local Authority assessment of your care need may be appropriate and Continuing Healthcare may mean your care will be paid for, wherever you live. Care Navigators can help with independent assessments and care planning, care funding and benefit advice.
Who is paying for the care you are or may be receiving and will that continue? For how long? Is it free or means tested? What help is there?
Struggling with everyday things or a caring role?
For many people it is at this point that there may be quite a lot of support and reaching our for help can avoid a crisis later on and help you to live independently for longer. Financially, benefits and specialist financial care advice may help. Legally, plans for future needs and arrangements to ensure your wishes are adhered to.
The Local Authority may have services that can help you stay as independent with things for example; pendant alarms, adaptations to the home, information, advice and advocacy, respite or short term care and support for a carer.
Voluntary organisations may help with support for carers and services that make life easier for example chiropody, gardening, housekeeping and transport.
Care Navigators services include property design, companionship, domestic tasks, and financial planning. Advice and support services that can help you stay at home for example; independent physiotherapists and private exercise trainers, care consultants to arrange and review care and support and make sure it is working for you.
Your GP may like to review your medication and can provide access to other community services for example; district nurses, mental health services or falls prevention classes.
Planning ahead and being prepared can save time and money. There are things that you can do without the need for care and support
- Power of Attorney
- Funeral Planning
- Estate and Financial Planning
- Making a Will
- Support around the home and company
- Property options and good design for living well at home, aids and adaptations
- Keeping active and a good diet for ageing well
These are all things we can help with, please don’t struggle in stoic silence or rely on a loved one who may find it a struggle to manage your care and support needs alone. Let us help you navigate the care maze and make good care and lifestyle decisions.