The Care Package

Agreed Care Package:

The initial care assessment gave my dad an understanding of what was available to support his recovery,

Dad could have had carers calling up to 4 times a day however, as my dad was fine with his own personal things, such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing himself, and getting his own breakfast, it was decided 2 visits a day would be beneficial.

After discussion with the care assessor, we agreed on the following:

Morning Visit:

The carer would call in to see my dad at 11am each morning (Monday – Friday) to check on his general wellbeing, check if he had eaten breakfast, and taken his medication.

Evening Visit:

The carer would call in to see my dad at 5pm each evening (Monday – Friday) to check his general wellbeing, and how he had been all day, check he had either eaten his evening meal, or was preparing one (check no gas/oven had been left on) they would even help him prepare his meal, if he required.

This care package was put in place for a period of 4 weeks at no cost, and would then be reviewed at the end of the period to assess if he required the on-going support.

Financial Assessment:

During the care assessment we were informed that if the care package was required after the 4 week period, there would have to be a financial assessment of my dad’s income, pension, benefits etc, to assess the amount he would have to contribute to on-going care.  If further care was required, this would be taken on my agency staff after the 4 weeks.

This is probably what stops some people using these services as I can imagine it’s worrying to have their personal finances assessed by strangers.

My dad agreed to the financial assessment, and we were given an indication of how much the on-going care would cost, if my dad required this.

The benefit of an initial ‘Care Package’

Having looked after my dad for 4 months I felt we needed some support and advice from the professional services, although I had taken on the role of ‘Carer’ quite naturally, it was stressful and worrying for me.

I was worried about a lot of things that I had witnessed, such as:

  • Low Mood
    Confusion
    Memory lapses
    Breathlessness
    Dizziness
    Lack of Confidence
    Lack of Appetite
    Weight Loss

Although all of the above had been discussed with his GP and the Cardiac Nurses at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Group, it was a lot to manage on my own. I thought that having professionals visiting my dad would be beneficial to him, different faces, someone new to talk about condition, and what he was experiencing.

I would also be able to take a step back from managing his care, while the care package was in place, to see how my dad was responding to it.  Dad had become dependent on me as I had been with him every day supporting him with medication, meals, cleaning the house, doing the washing, shopping, taking him for his pension, trips out, doing everything I could to aid his recovery and transition back to health.

I had to gently approach the subject of my return to work. . .

In my next post I will report on how the care package has evolved, and how my dad has viewed this intervention (good points and bad, positive or negative) and dad’s progress in his journey back to health.

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