FINDING THE RIGHT CARE
There is no simple definition of long term care.
The help and support we may require in older age can range from
the installation of a stair lift to assist us getting upstairs in
our own home, to permanent residence in a high dependency nursing
home. There are, of course, a whole series of intermediary requirements
which may arise.
Our care need may vary over relatively short periods,
for example after a stay in hospital and our requirements may only
be on a temporary basis whilst our normal carer is away on holiday.
Whatever our individual needs, there are a huge
range of care services, support organisations and voluntary groups
to help us. Very often, the problem may be that we are not aware
of just what is available and how we might access it.
Getting the right help will initially depend on the
particular type of care which is required.