What domestic tasks will a home carer look after?
Live-in carers are at the heart of our comprehensive approach to round-the-clock home care. A significant element of every live-in carers’ role is to provide reassurance and support with practical everyday activities, including personal care and medication. However, we believe that there is much more to comprehensive live-in care than just that.
The care your loved one receives at home should be second to none. Our live-in carers provide support with a range of everyday tasks around the home. The following are some of the primary domestic responsibilities your loved one’s home carer will take care of as part of the delivery of their first-class companion care.
Meals and nutrition
Our home carers understand that preparing nutritious meals is an essential element of a comprehensive approach to elderly care. Skipping meals can be harmful, particularly if your loved one has special dietary requirements and strict medication-related meal times.
Home carers cater to personal tastes and nutritional requirements. Your loved one’s home carer will be on hand to ensure that they have access to plenty of fluids and healthy energy-boosting snacks between meals.
Even if your loved one prefers to eat alone, it will still be reassuring to know that their live-in carer will be close. Our carers can ensure that your loved one is safe when swallowing, so they can enjoy each one of their meals throughout the day. Importantly, when your loved one has eaten, the washing up and general tidying up will all also be fully taken care of.
We understand that keeping a home clean and tidy can be difficult. We believe that providing excellent care at home also means extending some of our responsibility and attention to the house itself. Your loved one should be surrounded by a pleasant, safe and comfortable environment. Our home carers are always on hand to keep on top of the general housekeeping tasks.
A live-in carer will take care of a variety of tasks for your loved one, from dusting and polishing to vacuuming and doing the washing up, or loading the dishwasher. By completing these tasks, your loved one can focus on investing more of their time into their favourite hobbies.
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.
Laundry and ironing
Large piles of laundry can very quickly become overwhelming, and when a task feels almost impossible to complete, the ambience of the whole environment can change. Additionally, the thought of ironing clothes after washing them ready for the week ahead can make the task at hand feel twice as difficult. Whether your loved one needs a hand changing the bedding or assistance putting clean laundry away, their home carer will be more than willing to help.
As your loved one’s live-in carer will become a trusted companion, they will recognise how to care for precious or delicate items. And understand which things need to prioritisation for the week ahead. Your loved one might, for example, have an important event to attend, which calls for a particular outfit. Our home carers will ensure that the required ensemble clean and ready in good time.
Shopping and running errands
Running errands and going to the shops might not necessarily be activities that you immediately associate with live-in care. However, we understand that delivering a full program of dementia care requires both flexibility and comprehensive support.
Some may find it challenging to go outside or don’t have the time to run errands. Our live-in carers can assist with tasks such as picking something up from the corner shop or help with pushing a trolley. Carers will always ensure that your loved one feels that essential errands are achievable and easy to complete.
We all know how it feels to have lots of little tasks to complete and seemingly not enough hours in the day to get them all done. Something as simple as having someone on hand to pick up a prescription from the chemist can ease the pressure. And your loved one’s home carer is there to do just that.
Every individual has their routines and ways of approaching particular situations. Your loved one might not need assistance in some areas of their lives. However, they might find it helpful to have someone close by who is both willing and capable of lending a helping hand when it is needed. Their home carer will always be there, and this presence can provide some much-needed peace of mind for all parties.
How many hours will a home carer work?
Home care is almost always the best choice when a loved one wants to keep their independence. A home carer can work for up to 48 hours a week providing a range of care services. The hours that they work caring for your loved one will depend on the type of care at home they need.
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