The current Coronavirus pandemic is a national emergency causing enormous devastation. As of today, official figures show over 18,500 deaths in UK. However, this number only includes those who have died in hospitals. It is estimated that the real figure is much higher when you include care home deaths.
So why are care homes being impacted so much?
Care home staff up and down the country are working tirelessly day in day out to deliver exceptional levels of care and protect their vulnerable residents. However, due to the physical proximity and regular contact between residents and staff the risk of cross-infection is high in these closed settings. Moreover, infected patients are being discharged from hospital into care homes when they are still contagious, spreading the virus between residents. The situation is compounded by insufficient personal protective equipment and staff shortages which is hampering attempts to keep the virus isolated.
What is the alternative?
Elderly people often need support with daily living – a little bit more help getting up out of bed in the morning, preparing meals, getting bathed and going to the bathroom – and it is important they receive this service to ensure they continue to enjoy quality of life. However, for too long placing people in care homes has been the default option used by hospital discharge teams, NHS trusts and social services. Now more than ever it is important that we use care at home as an alternative to care home to help protect vulnerable members of society.
Care at home offers a ready-made alternative to a care home, allowing people to receive the daily support they need whilst reducing the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus. A care at home service can be tailored from a few hours a day to 24/7 live-in care and includes varying levels of support depending on the individual needs. Live-in care is considered the safest way to protect an elderly person because it only involves the support of a single or pair of rotating live-in carers.
Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about our home care services for you or your loved ones.