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Can home care be temporary or is it typically long-term?

Home care is designed to provide you with the support you need to continue living independently in the home you know and love. One of the biggest benefits of home care over residential or nursing care is it can be fully tailored to your needs. This includes the amount of time you receive home care support, which means whether you need short-term support at home or require consistent long-term support, home care could be the ideal solution.

In this article, we explain the differences between long-term and temporary home care, the benefits of temporary home care and the reasons you may wish to make temporary care a more permanent, long-term solution.

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What is temporary home care?

Temporary home care is a short-term solution that provides you or your loved one with help with daily responsibilities, personal care and medication management in the comfort of your own home.

Temporary care can often be put in place following a discharge from hospital, recovery from a recent illness, or if a family member who usually cares for you is taking a break. It is designed to provide continuity of care, ensuring you get the support you need until you are well enough to look after yourself at home or your regular carer returns from their break.

Temporary home care can either be put in place quickly, for example, if you need support with personal care and day-to-day tasks following a fall or can be planned if you need respite care while your usual carer is on holiday.

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What is long-term home care?

Long-term home care is designed to provide you with the consistent support you need to continue living in the home you cherish. Once put in place, long-term home care provides reliable support with day-to-day activities, depending on your needs and preferences.

Long-term care can be tailored to your requirements, whether you need round-the-clock live-in care or just a few hourly care visits per week. Long-term care is usually put in place over a period of time, as those receiving care may want to consider all their options before choosing the right home care providers. However, long-term care can be put in place more quickly if needed, for example, if someone has a stroke and is going to need ongoing care following their hospital discharge.

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The benefits of temporary care

Temporary care is suitable for people looking for a short-term solution to their care needs. It is incredibly flexible, as the duration and type of care you receive can be fully tailored to your needs. This means whether you need home care for a few days to help you settle back into your home after a hospital stay or need support for a few weeks until you are fully recovered, you can choose what’s right for you.

At Cherished Home Care, our temporary home carers can provide support with a range of tasks, including:

  • Personal care, such as dressing and toileting
  • Medication support
  • Food prep and cooking
  • Running errands, like collecting prescriptions or groceries
  • Helping you move safely around your home
  • Companionship

We are committed to providing person-centred care, so our carers will work with you and your healthcare team to determine the activities you would benefit from support. You can also choose how you want to receive that support, whether it’s through hourly visits or full-time live-in care. So, whatever your needs, you can be sure they will be met.

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Temporary care following hospital discharge or an illness

Recovering from an illness or hospital stay or recovering from surgery can be challenging, and your care needs can change from day to day. It can also be hard to accept that you need help with tasks you normally perform yourself.

At Cherished Home Care, our respite carers offer empathic care centred around your needs and preferences. They will work with you to ensure that you receive dignified support that aids your recovery while helping you retain your independence.

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Temporary care for respite

Temporary care is also available to people whose usual carer is taking a much-needed break. This is more commonly known as respite care.

Receiving respite home care from someone new can be daunting if you are usually cared for by a family member or a carer you know well and get along with. That’s why we carefully match our carers to meet not just your care needs, but also your personality, hobbies and interests. What’s more, our respite carers will work closely with you and your usual carer to ensure they know your routine, your likes and dislikes and any other important information before providing respite care, so that the change is as seamless as possible.

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Learn how Cherished Home Care’s 24/7 home care services can help you

At Cherished Home Care, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality 24/7 home care services. All our carers are fully trained and carefully selected for their experience and empathy to ensure they can provide professional, reliable and reassuring care no matter what your needs.

We carefully match our live-in carers to suit your needs, interests, and personality. We understand how important it is for you to get along with the carers providing 24/7 support.

How do I put temporary care in place?

The process of putting temporary care in place varies depending on whether you require support following a hospital discharge or temporary care if the family member who usually cares for you needs a break.

Following hospital discharge

If you are being discharged from hospital, your healthcare team is usually involved in ensuring you have adequate help at home to support you through your recovery. This could include private home care providers, like Cherished Home Care, family members or your local council’s social services team.

The hospital will normally assess your care needs while you are still a patient. Depending on your needs, this could include an assessment with a therapist to see how well you can complete everyday tasks like showering or making a cup of tea or assessments on your memory and cognitive function. The healthcare professionals then put together a care plan to ensure all your care needs are met.

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Care during a carer’s break

If your family usually provides your care but needs to take some time out, then you or your loved ones simply need to choose a home care provider to provide respite care who will best meet your care needs.

At Cherished Home Care, we understand that this can be a daunting process for you and those who usually care for you, so we recommend the following steps:

  • Look at potential home care providers before the planned break to ensure everyone involved is happy and feels comfortable with the care provider.
  • Speak to a few different providers to see what support they can offer and how this compares to the usual support you receive.
  • Check home care providers ratings and reviews on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website to make sure they are fully registered, trustworthy and reliable.
  • Organise short-term cover for a weekend as a test to make sure you are all happy with the care provided

At Cherished Home Care, our fully trained, compassionate carers are dedicated to providing outstanding respite care. They will take the time to get to know you, your routines and your preferences to ensure you receive seamless respite care that matches as closely as possible the care you usually receive.

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Can temporary care become long-term?

Yes, temporary care can become long-term if you decide that you would benefit from continuing to have home care or your health declines following a hospital discharge or illness. However, as short-term care is put in place for a set period, a care needs assessment will be needed to assess your long-term needs.

At Cherished Home Care, we can provide you with a free care assessment to help you get a better picture of what help you may need to continue living independently at home long-term.

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Do Cherished Home Care provide temporary home care services?

At Cherished Home Care, we can provide both respite care and long-term care that is fully tailored to your requirements, whether that’s through hourly visits or round-the-clock support of live-in care.

All our carers are committed to delivering high-quality care that enables you to remain as independent as possible while receiving the care you need to live well. So, whatever your requirements, you can be confident you get the compassionate and dignified care you deserve.

Find a home carer local to you

If you are looking for a home carer local to you or your loved one, get in touch with Cherished Home Care. We offer local, bespoke care in your home and are committed to enabling you or your loved one to live well at home.

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