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#MadeWithCare - Celebrating Homecare in the UK

Celebrating Homecare, an initiative developed by the Homecare Association  in conjunction with the Care Workers' Charity,  is all about honouring home care workers and recognising the amazing difference homecare makes in people’s lives every day. This year’s theme is #MadeWithCare.
“Homecare workers have been a lifeline for many people throughout the past 18 months, showing real selflessness and resilience in providing invaluable support to people in their own homes in incredibly challenging times,” explains Jane Townson, CEO of the Homecare Association. “But the work they do is always important - not just throughout the pandemic. Homecare services benefit all of us: people who receive and give services, their families, health services and our wider communities.
“Their roles deserve to be celebrated now, and increasingly into the future.”
Speaking about the celebration, Karolina Gerlich, CEO of the Care Workers' Charity says: “It’s right and proper every so often to take a step back from the day to day and look at what you have achieved.
“Careworkers do such amazing work, bringing companionship, care and comfort to so many people. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate what they do!”
Why care at home is so important
Receiving care and support in a person’s own home is beneficial in many ways. Just because a person is no longer able to manage aspects such as meal preparation, bathing, or even domestic work, the option to stay in their own home should be a priority.
Home care allows people to hang on to the things that mean the most to them while still getting the assistance and care they need – the familiarity of home, the comfort of their own bed, and all of those memories left at the kitchen table throughout the years.
Furthermore, whether it is in a person’s long-time family home, a retirement village or extra care housing home care plays a vital part in maintaining health and mental health.
A study, https://www.york.ac.uk/media/healthsciences/images/research/prepare/reportsandtheircoverimages/CASSH%20report%20formatted.pdf published, by the King’s Fund and the University of York, looked at the evidence base which has emerged of the positive health and wellbeing outcomes for older people living in retirement villages and extra care housing.
It finds strong evidence of significant systemic benefits, as follows:
·       Reduced visits to GPs
·       Reductions in use of community nursing services
·       Reduction in length of hospital stays
·       Reductions in hospital admissions
·       Reduced ambulance and emergency call outs
·       Reductions in care and care equipment costs
·       Reduced likelihood of entering a care home or other long-term care
The study also found significant benefits for individuals living in these settings:
·       More exercise, fitness and independence.
·       Better perceived health.
·       Reductions in falls.
·       Reduced frailty.
·       Increased life expectancy.
·       Lower levels of depression, loneliness, isolation and anxiety.
·       Improvements in memory and mental function.
·       Improved sense of community and wellbeing.
·       Reduced cognitive decline.
·       Better contact levels with friends and family.
·       Improved confidence in self-managing health.
·       More of a sense of control for residents.
By providing services people need in their own home, homecare can significantly reduce the cost of care and the burden for patients and taxpayers.
Standards in Homecare
Our standards in homecare are very much person centred and include recognising strengths, retaining skills and independence. We believe in supporting existing relationships, ensuring physical, mental and spiritual needs are met, and we also actively encourage access to and use of community resources.
With a focus on a systems-based approach of documenting, implementing, communicating and reviewing, our set of standards underpin the senior living and home care models to promote consistent application and ongoing continuous improvement.
Thank you
To all homecare carers everywhere, thank you; your dedication and skills enable more people to live in their own home for longer.
If you are interested in partnering with us to develop a set of standards for carers, please contact Nigel Hopkins on 0203 753 5312 or admin@standardswise-int.co.uk.
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