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How to choose homecare in later life

Posted around 1 month ago •

On the Chasing Care podcast in a series of helpful episodes we will be exploring the bigger picture of how to choose the right care later in life.

In this brief article we share the steps to follow if you are considering homecare as a solution to the caring needs of your loved one.

Finding home care in the UK typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assess your needs: The first step is to determine what type of home care you require. This may include personal care, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming, or help with household tasks like cleaning and cooking.
  2. Determine your budget: Home care costs can vary depending on the level of care required, location, and other factors. It's important to determine your budget before you start your search.
  3. Research home care providers: You can find home care providers by searching online or through recommendations from friends, family, or healthcare professionals. Look for providers that are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulatory body for health and social care services in England.
  4. Contact potential providers: Contact the providers you're interested in and ask about their services, costs, and availability. Be sure to ask for references and read reviews from previous clients.
  5. Arrange a home visit: If you're happy with a provider's services and costs, arrange for them to visit your home to discuss your needs and create a care plan.
  6. Check the contract: Before signing a contract, make sure you understand the terms and conditions, including the costs, cancellation policy, and what services are included.
  7. Monitor the care: Once care has started, it's important to monitor the quality of care provided and to report any concerns to the provider or the CQC.

Remember, finding the right home care provider may take time and research, but it's important to choose a provider that meets your needs and provides high-quality care.

So, look out for the up and coming Chasing Care podcast episodes which will become a detailed guide for anyone seeking a care solution for their elderly relatives.


You can find existing episodes on a wide range of care subjects by searching for Chasing Care on spotify, apple podcasts and all leading streaming platforms