Funding care for your loved ones

Caring for yourself or for a loved one doesn’t have to be needlessly expensive, however the costs can start to mount up, especially if you are out of work due to helping to provide care yourself.

At Apex HSC we take all budgets into consideration when we draw up our individual care plans, ensuring that no care we provide for a person is out of their financial means. The added stress of money problems can seriously affect quality of life, which is why we like to remain in close contact with each and every person involved to ensure the care package we put together remains the best possible option for you and the care user.

Direct Payments

A great majority of people using care services will be entitled to direct payments from the local government. What this means in simple terms is that local councils are no longer able to arrange services for care users, instead they are allocated budgets to offer instead so that users can purchase the care they need for themselves.

People who are eligible for this option are:

  • Older people who have been assessed as needing community care services
  • Disabled people aged 16 and over
  • Families with disabled children for children’s services
  • Disabled parents for children’s services

 Independent Living Fund

The Independent Living Fund is funding form the Government to support people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes. Payments are made to people with disabilities so they can afford the costs of a personal assistant or care agency to provide the support they need to remain living at home. You can find out more about the Independent Living Fund on the Government website by clicking here.

Benefits

There are a number of benefits offered by the government which can help towards paying for yours or your loved one’s healthcare. For more information on what you may be entitled to claim, visit: https://www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser

If you would like to talk to a trained advisor on finding quality health and social care for you or somebody you know, please call 0845 600 3041.

Apex Health + Social Care is committed to providing the best in home and healthcare. From social care to full-time domiciliary care, we look to provide only the highest quality care packages for every care user.

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The importance of Home Care

Over the past few months, government cuts throughout the NHS have led to a number of care homes being closed or reduced in size, leaving care users without proper, affordable and appropriate round-the-clock care.

These closures may not produce entirely negative effects though. Many government officials including the Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter have openly claimed that caring for the elderly at home could benefit families and care users more. With up to a third of all residential care users perfectly healthy and able to be cared for in their own homes, why are so many institutionalised early on into their old age?

Care at home is what we at Apex Health + Social Care recommend. As well as negating the potential upset and distress a complete move and life change would cause, being cared for in the home can improve recovery times and general health and morale by simply being more comfortable and settled at home.

Trained carers and healthcare professionals are still made available to patients choosing to remain in their homes, and this care can of course be complete 24 hours a day domiciliary care. This provides even greater levels of individual care and each care package can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Apex Health + Social Care is committed to providing the best in home and healthcare. From social care to full-time domiciliary care, we look to provide only the highest quality care packages for every care user.

For more information, please contact our main office on 0845 600 3041.

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The importance of nutrition in care

With so many important tasks in hand when providing homecare, the importance of correct nutrition can be unappreciated  It is understandable that for many home care professionals, the act of encouraging a patient to eat is in itself a job well done, but the implications of diet must be taken into account. Obesity in the UK is a rising problem and for many it can lead to serious health complications.

Caring for a client’s nutrition is one of the simplest ways to make a change for the better in their everyday routine. Healthier, more nutritious foods aid digestion and ease the symptoms of many forms of discomfort as well as providing more energy and having other, lasting beneficial effects.

Healthier patients are more able to fight off infections and recover from procedures. Many of the health complaints raised by care users can be avoided in their early stages with the correct use of a healthier diet and exercise plan. For some, even a small change in diet can have a large effect on not only their physical wellbeing but their morale too.

Apex Health + Social Care are committed to providing the highest quality care for clients and their families. We provide detailed care packages for care users, including nutritional requirements and compassion in care agreements.

For more information on how Apex HSC could help you or a loved one, contact 0845 600 3041 to request an information pack.

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