Home Care Advice for Carers
Carers can be the spouses, partners, daughters and sons, relatives, neighbours or friends of someone suffering from any illness or disability and, they are usually unpaid. Whether the person with the illness or disability simply needs general support or companionship, is frail, challenging or suffering from dementia, it can be all too easy for Carers to ignore their own needs and forget that they matter too.
It is far easier for Carers to cope if they look after their own health and wellbeing, so our aim with this website is to provide lots of care support to enable Carers to be at their best. We have a large amount of care advice and information ranging from choices in care, live in care funding and home care funding, and what happens when a person leaves hospital to be cared for at home and what to do if the person you love simply requires extra care support in their own home.
Our wish is to involve Carers and care staff in the development of Sunshine Care services; whether that is listening to feedback about problems and issues, being adaptable to suit a range of different needs or contributing to raising awareness so that Carer issues are high on everybody’s agenda.
Respite care at home
We provide short-term respite care for service users in their own home. This provides a much needed break for Carers and allows them to return refreshed to continue with their caring role. More details:
Live in Care Funding & Home Care Funding
It is worth while looking around for sources of care funding. Let’s face it, care at home can be expensive, but there are places that help with the financial means to stay independent. It does depend upon why the care is needed, financial means, or the funding available in a certain area.
The Local Authority will provide help with care fees - but not to everyone. If you or a loved one feel or have been told you will need long term care and are wondering how to pay for it, turn first to the local authority to see if there is any financial support available.
There are also other methods of public funding available for care and benefit entitlements that should be explored. But if you or a loved one doesn't qualify for public funding and has to pay for care privately, or simply needs a top up on those benefits, we suggest you speak with a Financial Advisor or Solicitor who has the appropriate care fees financial knowledge and experience. See our Directory for an independent advisor in your area.
Access to information & resources
We wish to empower our own care staff and individuals directly involved in the caring process, whether it be the Carer or the person with the illness or disability, by making available to them the care advice, care support, information and resources on a range of health-related conditions. This will ensure that the best possible route to preserve independence and mobility is achieved.
If you are caring for someone, it's important to help them remain as healthy as possible and active in their daily life - both physically and mentally. The better they feel, the more they can enjoy life, thus making life more pleasurable for both of you.
Mobility aids & equipment
Community equipment has been classified into three main areas:
1. Simple aids for daily living help people to maintain their independence in mobility, toileting, etc. These have the potential to benefit the whole population, not just those eligible for statutory support. These items are low value but high volume equipment, most often costing less than £50 but can go up to around £100.
2. Complex aids to daily living are products, largely provided by the state, to support care in the home setting, for example, profiling beds, hoists and standing frames. These items often have electrical or hydraulic components and cost more than £100.
3. Bespoke equipment is equipment uniquely specified and sourced for an individual. This is a relatively small amount of equipment.
How will users get equipment?
- Individuals who have a health requirement or may be in need of community care services are entitled to receive an assessment of their needs. Equipment may be provided to meet such needs.
- Simple aids for daily living will be provided free of charge to users supported by the state via a prescription. The prescription will be redeemed at an accredited retailer.
- Complex aids to daily living will be provided on loan to the user by the home delivery service. When the user no longer requires the equipment, it will be collected and prepared for reuse.
- Many individuals purchase equipment through their own resources (self-fund). This may be because they choose not to access state provided community equipment services. Individuals may not be entitled to receive equipment under locally agreed eligibility criteria in accordance with Fair Access to Care Services guidance. There are also individuals who are entitled to community equipment but want products not currently provided by the state.