The provision of home care in urban areas can be difficult, but supporting people in rural communities presents its own unique challenges to overcome. Issues such as hard to reach locations and lack of anonymity are just some of the barriers which prevent people from receiving the care they need.
Despite some of these challenges, Radfield Home Care Bexhill, Hastings & Battle is successfully assisting a growing number of vulnerable older people to continue living in rural villages close to Battle, Bexhill, and Hastings.
Radfield understands that living in a rural setting is a lifestyle choice people don’t want to give up just because they need care and are always prepared to go the extra mile for their out of town clients. The reward for this dedication is the tremendous sense of satisfaction gained from helping vulnerable residents to retain their independence whilst continuing to be part of a rural community.
Bob has lived in rural Sussex all his life and didn’t want to move when he began to find it difficult to look after himself. With Parkinson’s disease and a range of other care needs, he was worried that it might not be possible to stay in his own home. However, with daily visits from Radfield Home Care, Bob now enjoys all the comforts of living at home with the right amount of help to do so safely.
Prior to receiving home care, Bob fell in his shower and was admitted to a local community hospital. He was discharged to a care home but after spending two weeks there, he realised it wasn’t what he really wanted. Like many people of his generation, Bob believes in self-reliance and whilst the close community of a traditional care home is comforting for some, it is not always the best option for those who value their privacy and independence.
For people like Bob, Radfield Home Care are equipped to offer a tailor-made home care package. As well as helping with food preparation and daily essentials, their specially trained care team can also administer medication, check heating oil levels and support him to manage his substantial greenhouse. Radfield Home Care believe in empowering older people to live a happy life and that a rural location should never be a barrier to achieving this.
It is a fact that the number of older people living in rural areas is increasing faster than in urban areas. Older people are therefore an integral part of a vibrant rural community and Bob is no exception. Having worked in transport and agriculture, he has a wealth of knowledge about the local area, its history, and heritage.
As well as sharing his experiences with family and neighbours, Bob also takes a special interest in regional news. A keen reader of The Kent and Sussex Courier, he is one of the many local people who offer loyal support to village shops and services.
One of the most obvious benefits of rural home care is the simple, stress-free continuity of living in familiar surroundings. Many older people find it difficult to adapt to a new environment and support at home avoids the stress and anxiety of moving to somewhere new. Along with the psychological benefits for the person receiving care, it’s also reassuring for families to know that trustworthy, compassionate professionals are meeting a loved one’s physical and emotional care needs.
Many rural villages in the South East have become popular with commuters or for people wanting a picturesque second home. This imbalance in the population can have a negative impact on long-term residents and community cohesion. With a friendly, supportive carer visiting daily, Radfield’s clients never feel isolated or lonely. Friends and relatives can also preserve important relationships without the pressure of having to meet someone’s care needs. This is an outcome from which everyone benefits whilst maintaining an inclusive, rural community.
Planning for long-term care in old age can be both stressful and challenging. After reading Bob’s story, we hope that you feel more informed about some of the choices available. If you are worried about financing home care in a rural location, it may reassure you to learn that Radfield’s home care services are approximately 50% cheaper than a residential care home.
If you would like to find out more about the care of older people at home in East Sussex, Radfield invites you to contact them at their office in Battle. They are available seven days a week and all enquiries are handled with absolute confidentiality.
You can contact Radfield Home Care Bexhill, Hastings & Battle by phoning 01424 559 202 or email at [email protected]. If you prefer to send a letter or to speak face-to-face, our address is: Radfield Home Care Bexhill, Hastings & Battle, Acacia House, Starrs Green Lane, Battle, East Sussex.
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