If you are looking into getting some help for yourself or an elderly friend or relative, it can feel confusing. You may have heard about the social services elderly care packages and NHS care packages, but do not know what they are.
You are not alone if you feel like this. Most people know very little about the process beforehand.
If you are looking to get extra help at home for the elderly, you may have questions such as:
- What is a care package for elderly?
- What are the different types of care package for elderly?
- How do I get a care package for elderly?
- What is involved?
- What if I feel I need help, but the assessment says I don’t qualify for support?
In this post, we will answer these questions and guide you through how to get the right care package for the elderly, be it a social services elderly care package or an NHS elderly care package. The process is easier than you may imagine.
What Is a Care Package for the Elderly?
Put simply, a care package for the elderly is a combination of services and/or equipment that is unique for that person to help them live their life easily, comfortably, and safely.
All care packages require an initial assessment of the person’s needs before a care plan for the elderly is agreed. It should always involve input from the person it is for.
The care plan should also look at their social needs and not just their physical challenges. It is regularly reviewed and can be updated as required.
What Are the Different Types of Care Package for the Elderly?
There are two main types of care packages for the elderly:
- social services elderly care package
- NHS elderly care package
The social services elderly care package provides help with normal daily tasks. A daily task includes activities such as washing and dressing, basic household chores, eating and drinking, moving around safely, remaining independent, and being able to socialise. This is often referred to as a ‘personal’ care package. Local councils are responsible for these packages.
The NHS elderly care packages provide care with the aim of preventing, controlling, or treating a health condition. This is often referred to as a ‘nursing’ care package. There are different care packages within the NHS group covering temporary and long-term care needs.
How to Get a Care Package for Elderly
- At home
If you, or your loved one, require elderly care at home then you will need to contact the adult social services department of your local council by phone or online to start the process.
You should ask them for a care assessment (also known as a needs assessment) and give them an overview of any challenges you or your loved one need support for. They will then arrange an assessment for you.
If you are requesting an assessment on behalf of someone else, the person who the assessment is for needs to agree to it, where possible.
- In hospital
If you are in hospital, your healthcare team will be automatically considering if a care package for the elderly is required. They should discuss this with you as well as give you any appropriate advice and support.
If you or a loved one is in hospital and may benefit from either a social services elderly care package or an NHS care package they will be arranged before leaving the hospital. You do not need to do anything to start this process.
What Is Involved in a Care Assessment?
Once you have requested a care assessment, you should be offered an appointment. Assessments are free, and anyone can request one.
It may be that the assessment can be completed over the phone or online, but usually, they are carried out in the home. If you are initially offered a remote assessment you can ask for a home assessment if you would prefer.
- The Assessment
The assessor will ask questions about you and your life; not just your physical challenges. It is a detailed assessment and you should think about the specific areas which you want help with.
Do not forget about the emotional and social side of your life, such as visiting relatives or attending a place of worship or club.
If you agree, your family and healthcare professionals may be asked for their comments. This is to ensure that nothing is overlooked.
Your local council has a legal duty to do their best for you and to consider your future needs as well as your current ones. The criteria they need to meet are made at a national level.
- Care Plans for Elderly
You will then receive a care plan for the elderly. It will detail your needs and give suggestions of what might help. The care plan for the elderly should be reviewed, usually within three months, and then annually or earlier if required.
Once the care plan for elderly has been completed, a means test is required to find out how much, if anything, you will need to contribute towards your care and support.
You should be advised of any free support that you can access and any benefits you may be eligible for.
What If I Want Help but the Assessment Says I Don’t Qualify for Support?
If you are not eligible for any financial support but still want extra help at home, then you will have to arrange and pay for this yourself. You should be advised on this and where to find help as part of the assessment process. This can be reviewed if your circumstances change.
Accessing a care package for the elderly can feel daunting but it is a simple process to start. A call to the adult social services department at the local council is all it takes.
Here at Abafields Home Care Services, we are here to support you with our elderly home care services in Greater Manchester and also help answer any further questions or concerns you may have about how to get a care package for elderly for yourself or a loved one.