Describe the situation which prompted you to ask The Bespoke Care Company for assistance?
My mother and father moved into a care home together. My father had chosen the home and was keen to go, however, within 24 hours he wanted to come home. We eventually persuaded him to stick it out but he hated the noise and was clearly very distressed about my mother's health. When she passed away I knew a nursing home was not an option for Dad. I also knew it wasn't safe for him to be alone in the house for hours at a time even with carers popping in 3 times a day. An old school friend had told me about live in care and it just seemed the perfect solution. Dad would be in his own home, sleep in his own bed and still be in touch with people he knew. Just as importantly he would have one to one care from someone who had the time to do whatever was needed.
Why did you choose Bespoke Care as your preferred live in care agency?
I spoke to larger companies but they seemed rather soulless. When Sue came to meet my father she took time to talk to him and understand his needs. I felt a smaller company would suit our needs best as I believed they would take more care to make sure all was well. I was never disappointed with our decision.
Did you feel live in care was a positive experience for you and your family, what were some of the challenges you faced and how were these overcome?
Live in care worked well for us. I thought my father might find it difficult having a stranger in the house but he did really well; he was very happy staying at home. I always asked him quietly how he was getting on with each lady and he never once complained. The main challenges I faced were when my father's health started to deteriorate & we had episodes of him falling over. The ladies worked with me through these difficult times and took the changes in his ability to look after himself in their stride. In the end he was bed ridden; he died in his own home with me on one side & his carer on the other side of the bed, both holding his hand. He was determined to be at home and this arrangement allowed him to do so.
Did the care your father received meet his needs?
The care my father received was great. I had written up a set of notes for the carers to read about the family & the household routines. I spoke to them two or three times a week and they knew they could call me or the agency at any time. Sue from Bespoke Care took time to match the carers to my father which I feel was a very important part of the success of this arrangement. We worked with Bespoke Care and the carers as a team and the whole 20 months was a good experience.
In your opinion what are the benefits of live in care and would you recommend it as a long term care option?
I've only had a brief encounter with a nursing home and to me they seem quite lonely places. Also, if you live somewhere rather rural such as Mayfield, the nearest nursing home is 5 - 10 miles away which can be a problem for ageing friends wanting to visit. Live in care allows a person to be in their own home, the place they feel most comfortable surrounded by their own things. Living at home means the same friends can pop in to see you, life seems as normal as it can be. I think live in care offers the best solution all round and probably costs less too!
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