Why home care services are so important As we get older, our needs will inevitably change. It’s important to accept this and the fact that you may need a bit of help from time to time. Home care services can prove to be essential in this regard as they can allow you to continue living independently and in your own home. Through using such services, older people and vulnerable adults can benefit from assistance with many aspects of their daily lives. This could include personal care, help with getting in and out of bed or washing and bathing, and assistance with medication, preparing food and so on. Services can also help with domestic care concerns, such as shopping, housekeeping, vacuuming and picking up prescriptions. Care is personalised and tailored to each individual and their particular needs in order to support them as much as possible, giving other family members peace of mind that they’re being properly taken care of by a team who know any and all special requirements. In fact, companionship is one of the main benefits of making use of home care services, especially when the rate of loneliness among older people in the UK is considered. Stats from the Campaign to End Loneliness and Age UK show that the number of those over the age of 50 experiencing loneliness will reach two million by the year 2025/2026 - an increase of 49 per cent in ten years. There are also 1.2 million chronically lonely older people around the country, with half a million older people going at least five or six days a week without either seeing or speaking to anyone at all. Placing the responsibility solely on family members can be difficult, especially when families are so often spread out these days. It’s important to know that loved ones are receiving the care they need at all times. Home care also allows people to continue feeling independent and more in control of their own lives. They can continue living life according to their own schedule, able to come and go as they please and make plans for shopping, socialising and so on. Being surrounded by familiar home comforts can also do an awful lot of good for our mental health and wellbeing, and it can be hard for more vulnerable people to move somewhere unfamiliar, especially if they’ve lived in their home for a long time. Home care can help in this regard, as well. For help with home care in Worthing, visit our Home Care Support web page or contact our Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or via our online form.