Home care: what does it provide?
Home care is a good way of providing elderly care and care for people who are recovering from illnesses or have mobility issues. Allowing an individual to remain independent living in their own home whilst receiving all the care they need is beneficial in many ways and can even make recovery quicker in some cases.
Benefits of Care in the Home
Our homes are where we are often most comfortable and at ease. Having to move out of your own home to access the necessary care can be very difficult. Leaving behind treasured possessions and precious memories can make a difficult situation seem much worse, so staying in their own home is an ideal route for many people.
There are many aids and adaptations that can help to make your home more suitable for your needs as you grow older, but care at home from a professional caregiver is the major factor in making it possible for older people to remain in their own familiar environment.
The flexibility of in home care gives an individual much more choice than would be possible if they needed to go into a residential care home or nursing home. Even when the providers of residential care try to provide choice for their residents, it is still necessary to take the wishes of other residents into account. If you opt for care at home you can make all your own choices in terms of what time you get up and go to bed, where you eat your meals and who you see every day.
People who need dementia care will find that staying in their own home is much less stressful than going into residential care, and they often find that their condition does not deteriorate as it might if they were forced to move into in a strange environment with lots of unfamiliar people around. Noise is also an important factor for people suffering from dementia, so care homes can sometimes seem like very frightening places.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.
We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman - and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
Care at Home
Some people only need a few hours a week of personal care whilst others need 24/7 care. A key advantage of care at home is that it is so flexible. Private care providers will provide you with a personalised care assessment to design a solution that accommodates your needs. Live-in care is available for those who need someone around all the time.
People needing Alzheimer’s care or dementia care for other forms of the disease often have difficulties in coming to terms with changes in their environment, so staying in their own home with familiar things around them can be very reassuring. If they are not able to be left alone because of concerns that they may be at risk of injury or accident, private live-in care may be the solution.
Familiarity with the carer or carers is also a huge advantage since having strange people trying to help with their personal care can seem very threatening to a person receiving dementia care. In home care, there is often more consistency with the carers than in residential settings and even more if you have a live-in carer.
This is a service providing full-time care in your own home with one-to-one support. In addition to general elderly care and assistance with tasks such as washing and dressing, the carer will offer whatever bespoke support may be required to maintain overall health and wellbeing. This can include domestic tasks such as cleaning and cooking, going shopping, participating in social activities, and supporting the care recipient to continue any interests or hobbies that they may enjoy.
Having someone in the home twenty-four hours a day offers so much in terms of security as well as provides companionship. It is up to the person arranging the care to specify what they are looking for in a carer, and the elderly care provider will try to match you with the most appropriate member of staff. They will take into account shared interests and background as well as the level of training and experience the carer has.
If you are more comfortable with a female carer or are looking for someone who will be able to drive you around or is happy to care for your pets, your provider will take all your wishes into account. For couples, particularly, a live-in carer can help them to stay together rather than one of them having to go into a residential or nursing care home, or both having to go into separate homes.
Care in your own home can often provide a more cost-effective option than residential care for older people. Many families are making a positive choice to arrange for care at home for their loved ones since they feel the care can be tailored more precisely to their needs. A carer who knows the older person and respects their dignity will be in a good position to notice any changes in their general wellbeing and can take the necessary action. As needs change, as they often do over time, the care provision can be adapted to suit the current situation.
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Home care: how to choose a care provider
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Home care: how to find a carer
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