When should I consider help at home from a paid carer?
If your loved one needs care, care at home is one of the best ways for them to maintain their independence. This is the first step in understanding the costs for your loved one’s situation.
When should I consider help at home from a paid carer?
If your loved ones are beginning to struggle with everyday tasks, help is available. A live-in carer can make a real difference. With their support, your loved one can maintain their independence while enjoying the companionship of a new friend.
Why should I consider home support?
A carer is a very flexible option; care could be provided full time by a live-in carer or they may only need to pop in for a few hours every day or week. A paid carer can get your loved one back on their feet after an illness or help them to stay safe in their own home.
If your loved one is comfortable at home and they don’t want to go into residential care, care at home is the answer. It can give them support when it’s needed without changing their lifestyle.
Signs you should consider home care
It can be difficult to know when you need to start arranging elderly care for your loved ones. But there are some changes in their mental, physical and emotional behaviour for which you should keep an eye out.
Confusion and forgetfulness
Mental changes can include becoming secretive and getting confused over simple tasks. They may lose track of time and start missing important doctor’s appointments or taking their medication.
Increased forgetfulness can interfere with daily activities and could be a sign of a condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. A live-in carer qualified in cognitive issues will be able to provide the dementia care your loved one needs in their own home. Personalised care can help with everyday tasks and feelings of confusion and frustration.
Loss of motivation
If your loved one has lost interest in the activities and friendships they used to enjoy, there could be a physical or emotional reason behind it. Perhaps they’re finding it difficult physically to get out and about, or they’ve lost enthusiasm and motivation.
Stress and depression can make it even more difficult for your loved one to enjoy simple pleasures such as walking, cycling or a round of golf. That’s where a live-in carer can help. They’ll assist your loved one to overcome any physical challenges that may be preventing them from pursuing the things they love. And they’ll provide all important companion care to boost their morale and get them talking about the way they feel.
A paid carer can also make sure that your loved one keeps that doctor’s appointment or meets an old friend for lunch. They can keep an eye out for any physical difficulties and make sure your loved one makes the most of every day.
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.
Lack of personal care
If you’ve noticed a change in your loved one’s ability to dress and look after themselves, it could be time for care at home. Poor hygiene can be a sign that your loved one is having difficulty coping with day to day tasks. Or it could be a sign of declining health or dementia.
If you’ve noticed that your loved one is losing weight, this could be another telltale sign that they need home care. Changing taste buds can often lead to a loss of appetite; familiar favourites no longer taste as good and can seem unappetising. A live-in carer can provide a diet of tasty and appealing meals that revitalise their appetite.
Frequent falls and accidents
A simple trip or fall can be devastating when you’re elderly. If you’ve noticed that your loved one has frequent bumps and bruises, it could be time for professional care. Staying active is important in later life but you need to know your loved one is safe and cared for.
If their mobility isn’t what it used to be then they could be putting themselves at risk. Find out how you can help to create a safe environment and nip any problems in the bud. Professional care can be available in as little as 24 hours so if safety is a major concern, set the wheels in motion.
No longer houseproud
This can be a real giveaway, particularly if your loved one has always been neat and tidy. Unwashed dishes and unmade beds can be a sign that daily tasks are getting beyond them. Out of date food in the fridge and unchanged light bulbs may also be signs that they can no longer manage the housekeeping.
A visiting carer offering at home care can really take the pressure off. They’ll pop in a few times a week to take care of the housekeeping so your loved one no longer needs to worry about it. From doing the shopping to keeping the house spic and span, they’re happy to step in and keep the household ticking over.
Why your loved one needs help at home
Whether your loved one needs someone to pop in every week or a live-in carer, home care is the best option if they want to keep their independence. There’s no place like home and, in contrast with costly residential care, an in-home carer can keep your loved one healthy and safe in a familiar environment.
Elderly care in the home is often less expensive than residential care. But what’s really important is the quality of life that your loved one experiences. A professional carer will focus on your loved one’s wellbeing and cope with the challenges of caring for an older person.
Home Care: Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone’s individual situation is different which is why we undertake a comprehensive free care assessment for those who are considering home care as a care option for themselves or their loved ones. There are, however, certain questions which come up time and time again which is why we’ve created this frequently asked questions about home care page in order to give you the information you need to assess your options.
Home Care: How does it work?
Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements.
Home Care: How Do I Pay for It?
There are various ways of paying for home care and dementia care, but understanding the various options of care provision can seem very daunting at first.
Home care: how to choose a care provider
Choosing which company to employ to provide care for yourself or a loved one is an important decision and you need to carry out some research beforehand.
Home care: how to find a carer
People usually want to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as they can, but as they grow older there is often a need for some support with this.
Home Care or Nursing Home: What's the Difference?
Deciding whether your needs can be met by care at home or whether you need to go into a nursing home is an issue faced by many older people.
Home care: the questions you need to ask
If you are looking for in-home care for yourself or a relative, there are a number of important questions to ask potential providers of care at home before you make a decision about which one is most suitable for you or your loved one.
Home care: what are the costs?
The costs of home care to an individual can vary widely and are dependent on many different factors. These include the type of care needed, how many hours a week you need a caregiver to be present, your own financial situation, where in the UK you live and whether you are eligible for any assistance with your care fees.
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.
Home Care: When Is It Appropriate?
There are many different times home care can be helpful. Sometimes just a short period of care at home is enough to make a difference, but more often families may decide that they need an extended period of elderly care in the home for an older family member.