What is hourly care?
Most people prefer to stay in their own home as they get older. But they may start to struggle with everyday tasks which is when hourly care can help. A homeself-employed carer provides flexible help that could involve visiting every morning to help with washing and dressing or popping in a couple of times a week to help out by running errands or preparing meals.
Hourly care is high quality but low impact so a loved one can get used to the idea of having some help to remain in their home. If a loved one needs companion care to help them stay in touch with friends, follow the pastimes they love or even look after a pet, hourly care fits the bill.
What does hourly care involve?
Hourly care can involve different levels of care and support including:
- Paying bills and doing admin
- Light housework and gardening
- Help with bathing and dressing
- Monitoring medication
- Preparing meals
- Making travel arrangements
- Specialist care including dementia care
The benefits of hourly care
First and foremost, hourly care means that your loved one can remain in their home surrounded by their friends and family. One to one hourly care lets a new friendship with the carer develop. It’s also flexible enough to meet the care recipient’s changing needs. They’ll enjoy a better quality of life without the upset and upheaval of downsizing and relocating to a residential care facility.
Dulcie is one of our longest serving customers. In this short video, she talks through the reasons behind her, and her family’s decision to choose full-time home care rather than the care home.
What is overnight care?
If a loved one feels unsafe at night or needs help going to the bathroom, overnight care at home will make them feel more secure and comfortable. If they have difficulty sleeping alone, then overnight elderly care can help there too.
Having access to a trainedself-employed carer through the night can help a loved one to manage medical conditions or get over an illness. They may be restless at night because they’re living with dementia. Arranging specialist overnight dementia care can give everyone peace of mind.
Aself-employed carer will either sleep in the care recipient’s home or may stay awake all night, depending on the reasons for organising overnight care.
What does overnight care involve?
Overnight care includes help with going to the bathroom and getting ready for bed. Aself-employed carer can also supervise taking medication and changing position in bed to keep an older person comfortable through the night. A trained dementiaself-employed carer can calm down a loved one who may otherwise become distressed if they wake during the night.
The benefits of overnight care
Overnight home care helps to ensure that the care recipient gets a good night’s sleep, especially if they’re anxious or lonely. It can also help an older person to recover after an illness by making sure that they take their medication and are comfortable through the night. Overnight home care can help those living with dementia feel safe and secure in their own home.
What is live in care?
Live-in care is the popular alternative to moving into a residential home. It offers older people the opportunity to live as independently as possible while being confident that their changing care needs will be met. For anyone living alone, it’s also an opportunity to make a new friendship with a trustedself-employed carer.
If your relative prefers to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their home but day to day tasks are getting increasingly challenging, a live-inself-employed carer offers the best of both worlds, ensuring continued enjoyment of a much-loved environment without the risks associated with living in isolation and loneliness.
What does live in care involve?
Because a live inself-employed carer lives with the person they’re caring for, they can provide round the clock care. That could include:
- Help with washing, dressing and going to the bathroom
- Mobility in the home and support to get out and about
- Companionship and support
- General housework including preparing meals
- Filling prescriptions and overseeing medication
- Offering reassurance at night
The benefits of live in care
Choosing a live in carer enables a loved one to remain in their own home and keep their independence. A live in carer can offer as much or as little support as is needed and can help to keep daily routines running smoothly. Theself-employed carer can share hobbies and interests or simply be someone to watch a film with. Importantly, they can lend emotional support which stops older people feeling lonely, anxious and isolated.
Call us for expert live-in care advice
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