Long Term vs Short Term Care

The beauty of home care is that it can be tailored to you or your loved one’s unique needs and preferences. This means that we can provide home care on either a long or short-term basis. In this blog post, we explore home care in Manchester and the surrounding area, providing helpful information on the difference between long and short term care. 

What’s long term care? 

Long-term care refers to a variety of services designed to support a person’s independence, health and overall well-being on a long-term basis. Services are centred around helping a person live independently and safely in the comfort of their home for as long as possible.

As people age, so do their needs and capabilities. Long-term care is designed to support these changing needs so that they can still live a fulfilled and active life. Common examples of long-term care support include personal care such as bathing, dressing, toileting and eating. Long-term care also supports those with mobility issues, helping with moving and transportation inside and outside the home. In addition, it provides companionship so that loneliness and isolation are kept at bay. 

What’s short term care?

Short-term care involves similar services to long-term care, except that it can be provided for as little as a few days or weeks. It’s intended for those who may have recently been discharged from a hospital stay or perhaps need an extra hand around the house while recovering from an illness or injury. It’s also a great option for those whose regular carer is away. Rather than move into a care home to receive the support required during their temporary absence, our compassionate carers will come to you. This eases the process and brings peace of mind to all involved.

Like long-term care, our short-term care services are tailored towards an individual’s specific needs and desires. Whether you need help with domestic duties, personal care items, administering medicine or simply want to enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of team, our dedicated carers are here for you. 

Understanding the care you need

It’s important to understand the difference between long and short-term care so that you know which one is best suited for you. Long-term care benefits those who have an ongoing health issue or disability. In general, the need for long-term care arises gradually as people age or an illness gets worse. That said, the need for long-term care can also come about suddenly following a stroke or heart attack. 

On the other hand, short-term care is better suited towards those who need support on a temporary basis. For example, a person may require extra assistance while they are recovering from an illness or injury. They may also need support while their regular carer is away. The benefits of short term care is that it’s flexible and adaptable to a range of situations and circumstances. The key benefit of short term care is that it eliminates the stress and upheaval of moving into a hospital or care home on a temporary basis. 

Get in touch 

If you or your loved one are interested in either long or short-term home care, we’d love to chat. Please feel free to get in touch or call us on 0161 929 6039 with any of your questions or concerns.