speak care

Do you speak care? Breaking through the language barrier

A quick guide on learning how to speak care

Finding the right help for elderly parents can be a challenge.  Understanding the language of elderly care particularly when you’re in an emergency situation or struggling to cope can make the challenge even harder.  Acronyms, slightly different terminology for what turns out to be the exact same thing… if you need to learn to speak the language then we hope that Age Space can help.  This is our introduction to the language of elderly care, all the important things you might need to know, in plain English.

Care needs assessmentA care needs assessment is carried out by the Local authority.  They make an assessment of the level of assistance and services a person needs to remain independent at home or move to residential care.  This plan for care is mandatory regardless of finances or eligibility.
Carers assessmentA carers assessment is means-tested support from local authorities which  can be made available to those providing care to others.   This support aims to  provide some relief for carers in term of help around the house, activities for them or even respite care.
Care at homeCare at home refers to care and support provided at home on either a full time or part time basis.  Local authority needs assessment provides a template for care.  Eligibility for funding is assessed by the local authority.
Care home/Residential homeA care home is a registered home providing help with personal care, such as washing, dressing, taking medication and going to the toilet.  They provide a community for elderly people and most organise social activities.
End of life careEnd of life care is support provided to those in last months or years of their life, allowing patients to live as well as possible and die with dignity.   It can be provided at home, care homes, hospital or hospice.
Financial assessmentA financial assessment determines the levels of funding available for care. It is determined by a financial means test.  Contributions to care are available for anyone with capital up to £ 23,750.   Note in Scotland and Northern Ireland, social care is free.
NHS continuing careNHS continuing care provides for personal and healthcare needs where there is ‘primary health need’ and patients have a complex condition with on-going care needs.  A ‘primary health need’ means the main need for care must relate to your health. This care package is provided outside a hospital setting.  It is complex to assess and not everyone with a long term condition or disability is eligible.
NHS healthcareHealthcare is provided free at the point of delivery including hospitals, GPs, district nurses and medication.
Nursing homeA nursing home provides the same personal care support as a care home but additionally qualified nurses are on staff at all times.
Palliative carePalliative care is provided to patients who have an incurable illness, by managing pain and other symptoms.  It is an holistic approach providing support to the patient and family.
Respite careRespite care is planned short term or temporary care designed to provide relief to carer.   This maybe a few hours or weeks duration.
Social careSocial care is support and help for everyday needs provided by local authorities.  Eligibility for funding is means tested.