Considering Elderly Care

The Department Of Health has estimate that by 2050 there will be 19 million people aged over 65 living in the UK. When considered alongside the Age UK’s projection that 80% of these people will need care in their later years, it is now clear that very few people will remain unaffected by the ageing population’s need for care, whether moving into care themselves or helping relatives with the transition.

With almost two million people already in either residential or receiving home care, the issue of preparing for care is no longer an avoidable subject.

You have most likely come to this section because you have a significant decision to make about your long term care or that of a close relative. Choosing care can be a daunting prospect so before you make any decisions, it would probably be helpful to understand the type and level of support you and your family require. For example, do you need a live-in service, or will hourly care suffice? Do you require specialist residential support because you are living with a complex condition, such as dementia? How can you access appropriate care, if you are a couple wishing to stay together? Or are you looking for other types of support, for example with your social activities or household duties?


As you have become older, there will undoubtedly have been some aspects of daily life that have become harder, either as a result of illness or simply just becoming frailer with increasing years.

As a consequence, family and friends may be concerned about your ability to manage, but with the right care and support, you should be able to stay in your own home for as long as possible.

When making choices about care, there are a number of factors that will help you decide which option or range of options will suit you best. It is likely these factors will include the quality, location and cost of the care, but there could also be very personal factors that help you decide.

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Some important considerations include:

What factors are important for you in choosing your care and support?
What would you like to achieve?
What are your particular requirements?
How good is the care service you will receive?
What costs are involved?

Your other choices

One of the options available to you is to go and live with a relative. In reality, most people don’t consider moving into a family member’s home until there has been some sort of physical or mental health challenge. However, if you do decide to move in with your relative, you won’t be alone: one out of every four elderly or disabled people moves in with, and is cared for by, a relative caregiver.

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Domiciliary care, also known as home care, is the delivery of a range of personal care and support services to you in your own home, covering short periodic visits through to 24 hour, live-in care.

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Live-in care can provide a seamless transition for you from visiting home care to more permanent home care. This point is usually reached when you are requiring such a volume of visiting home care calls, both day and night, that it would be more beneficial to be supported by a one-to-one dedicated live-in carer. We at Sante Care at Home are dedicated to providing all the support you require. We will listen to your unique aspirations, we hear your voice, respect your wishes and provide live-in care that empowers you to take those steps towards achieving your goals, whatever they may be.

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Care homes (also often known as residential care) provide accommodation to a wide range of adults, including older people and adults with a range of disabilities. Care homes are usually an option for anyone who can no longer manage at home, even with comprehensive live-in care. Care homes are generally divided into two main types: those supporting older people, including those with dementia; and those supporting people with learning or physical disabilities, autism, sensory impairments or mental health problems.

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Care homes with nursing is a type of residential care for adults who require a level of medical support that might not be possible or practical to provide in their own home. In particular, they provide accommodation and personal care, along with 24-hour medical support from registered nurses, who will give you medical support according to your individual needs.

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