Keep your options open when making decisions about care…

What a feel-good article, which highlights putting a person’s quality of life and well being at the forefront of social care decisions. 

When residential care seemed the only option at one stage, this gentleman has thrived in this less restrictive extra-care housing scheme accommodation. It just goes to show, it is so important for a person to keep their options open when it comes to the setting of social care, particularly if this enables them to remain independent for longer. 

When he arrived, he had four visits a day by the on-site care team. Now he has none, though all flats have a 24-hour emergency call system. Would he have settled equally well in a care home? 'No. It would have been detrimental to the way I live, to my quality of life,” he says. 'It’s the flexibility here that makes all the difference.”