Following an illness, injury or surgery many people need extra support on their return from the hospital. They might not already have a carer, so need some extra support around the house to help rehabilitate them and allow them to rest and recouperate. Live-in convalescent care will enable your loved one to return to their own home following a hospital stay, rather than having to enter a care or nursing home. Many people can benefit from convalescent care, whether they’ve had a hip replacement needing a little extra help around the house, or they need more complex support after a heart attack or stroke.
Convalescent care is a specific type of short-term to medium term care that people who have been discharged from hospital may require to help them rehabilitate and recover from illnesses, injuries or surgeries. In some instances, the NHS will provide short-term care, but this may involve moving into a care home or other facility.
Live-in convalescence care allows people to return home to recover. Having a live-in convalescence carer means you can be reassured that your loved ones day-to-day jobs like meal preparation are taken care of, taking away the worry of having to deal with the small things so that they can focus on getting better.
Due to the constant strain on the NHS and a shortage of carers, people are left to rely on their GPs, but home visits are not readily available because of the sharp decline in convalescent nursing. This is where a live-in convalescent carer can be incredibly beneficial, not only can they help with day-to-day tasks, but they're also close by to look out for you and get help or take you to the GP when needed.
What to look for in a carer
A Good Cleaner
Has a Car
A good listener
20 years experience
One of the main responsibilities of a live-in convalescent carer is to remove the risks of being alone in the early stages of recovery from illness, surgery or injury. Carers can assist the wider healthcare and recovery team such as physiotherapists, dietitians, and community nurses in their care of the person recovering.
Not only are they there to support the wider healthcare team but also to help with personal care needs, mobility assistance and to provide companionship. When your loved one is ready to start returning to everyday activities, a live-in convalescent carer can help them to readjust.
The goal of convalescent care is to get your loved one to a place where they can live independently again, but for some the extra help is a revelation and it becomes a permanent fixture. The beauty of live-in care is that it can be adjusted from post-hospital help to day-to-day support or companionship.
Following a stay in hospital, most people will be eligible for six weeks of care for free after discharge. After this, they can apply for continuing healthcare funding if their needs turn out to be more long-term. The six weeks of additional care is generally called intermediate care and will in some cases involve reablement services. The goal of reablement following a hospital stay is to help people learn or re-learn essential skills.
When funding care you should consider applying for relevant benefits, checking your eligibility for NHS funding, accessing local authority funding, and considering funding care with savings or other assets.
Your loved one may be eligible for funding from their local authority. Their financial situation will be discussed alongside care needs during their care assessment.
When it comes to funding the cost of home care, just like any other industry, there are unscrupulous companies out there looking to take advantage.
Always seek professional, regulated finacial advice when looking to self fund home care.