Community care is a service that provides the support that can help you stay living at home, even when you now find yourself requiring some assistance with daily tasks. It is the respectful, ‘extra helping hand’ that has so many advantages.
Here are the 6 main benefits of community care.
1. In-home services
In-home services comprise one of the primary facets of community care, and refers to assistance provided by a carer in your own home. Qualified and friendly professionals can help you carry the weight of looking after a household.
They can offer assistance with cooking meals, doing cleaning washing and ironing, caring for your much loved pets – or, even helping you tend to your garden so that it can continue to thrive.
You can feel assured that this will all be managed in a safe and stress-free manner. That’s because in-home carers are specially trained to understand how to assist you in your own home with due care and respect.
2. Community-based services
Community care has so many benefits – and, a big part of these correspond to the extension of help and support outside your home and into the wider community. If you’ve been experiencing difficulties with doing the shopping, going to the bank or getting to appointments, then community-based services can provide the necessary assistance and transport to take the strain off your everyday chores.
Beyond this, community-based services can facilitate social outings – helping you attend group activities, fun events, and all those things that make life a little more enjoyable (like excursions, tours and classes).
3. Clinical services
Nursing services help you to maintain your health, wellbeing and manage any injuries. This is especially important if you are prone to trips and falls, need help with wound care, or find it difficult to keep up with medications. Allied health services can also fall under this banner, for example: physiotherapy, podiatry and advice from a dietician.
Depending on your needs, there’s an aspect of community care that will assist you (incorporating facets of clinical care). You can use this senior services guide to find suitable services in your area.
4. Counselling support and advocacy
Alongside practical assistance, community care can offer family support and advocacy . This comprises counselling for you/your family/your carer. This can provide emotional and psychological support in handling the challenges that come along with an adjustment into assisted living. This service is completely neutral, objective and requires written, formal consent. It’s good to know that this element exists should you need to reach out.
5. Support with managing a plan for the future
One of the biggest benefits of community care is the ability to remain living in your own home with an increased ability to feel safe and secure. This is all whilst continuing to enjoy a high quality of life. You are able to retain a full sense of independence alongside
the peace-of-mind that comes with having a trained carer assist you with completing those necessary tasks and helping you to enjoy an active lifestyle. Deciding to take this step takes some honest contemplation and it might help to get started with a conversation surround the topic.
6. Tailored assistance
When it comes to community care, there is so much more to what’s on offer than meets the eye. It’s important to stay social, to have a good laugh with friends and to keep doing those things that you love in life. Whether it’s getting out and about, or simply taking the dog for a walk, community care means you can find a dignified way to keep living the lifestyle to which you are accustomed.
There’s no one size fits all approach, so it depends on your individual needs – the kind of person that you are and the life that you live – as to the kind of assistance you might require.
Assistance, with full respect to your sense of independence
The ability to respect your unique lifestyle, needs and challenges is the primary function of any successful community care service. Trained carers will appreciate that as time progresses, it can become more difficult for you to manage tasks such as housework, meal preparation and getting from place to place.
So, they can step in to assist you in a way that is both respectful and professional. They will understand how to best manage your unique lifestyle.