Five Reasons a Loved One Might Need Home Help
Five reasons why you need home help:
- Maintaining Independence
- To strengthen your relationship with your loved one
- For help with medication
- To enable your loved one to keep their pets
- For help with medication
- To provide peace of mind
There are countless benefits to getting help at home for your elderly relative, not least of which is that a live-in caregiver means that they can remain living in their own home. If you are considering elderly care options for your loved one, then help at home from a dedicated live-in carer is often the most favoured option.
In addition to enabling your loved one to avoid the upheaval of having to move into a care home, care at home allows them to retain a sense of independence and enjoy a better quality of life for longer.
Here are just five reasons why you should get home help for your elderly relative:
Nobody likes to feel that they are dependent on other people; with companion care, your loved one may feel that they have gained a friend rather than a caregiver. That is because your relative’s care worker is specially chosen for them based on compatibility and shared interests.
Your loved one’s carer will be with them around-the-clock and will only do as little or as much around the house as you request, enabling your relative to remain living in their own home and allowing them to continue to play an active role in day-to-day tasks.
Anything your loved one finds too difficult to manage can be seen to by their carer, while they have full control over decision making and the extent to which they participate in certain tasks.
Maintaining your relationship
However close you might be to your loved one, caring for them yourself could put a strain on your relationship, and they may not be comfortable with you carrying out intimate tasks such as bathing and dressing them, or providing toilet assistance. A live-in caregiver is with them at all times of the day and night, offering a continuity of care not possible in a care home.
Because your loved one’s carer is a familiar and reassuring presence, they may be more comfortable allowing them to perform personal care tasks. This is particularly important for those in need of dementia care, who can find life in a care home distressing when there are multiple carers helping them over the course of a day.
Help with medication
If your loved one has to take medication for a health complaint on a regular basis, you may be concerned about how they are coping. It is not uncommon for people to get the dosage wrong, to forget to take their tablets at a certain time or to take too many tablets because they couldn’t remember having already taken them.
If you’re worried about how your loved one is managing their medication, then help at home could give you the reassurance you need. A live-in carer is on hand to ensure that they take the right amount of medication at the right time and can assist should they be taken ill.
Dulcie’s Care Story
In this short video, Mary and Colin explain how Dulcie’s live-in Elder carer, Sarah, has become part of the family.
They discuss how live-in care has allowed Dulcie to stay independent in her own home, while making a new friend at the same time.
Care workers will be more than willing to help out if your loved one has a pet to look after. The bond between a pet and your loved one should not be underestimated. Being forced to give up their beloved pet when they move into a care home can have a devastating impact, so remaining in their own home and keeping their pets with them is often a far better option.
Carers can provide all kinds of pet assistance such as dog walking or vet visits if these are tasks your loved one can no longer manage for themselves. Pets can help keep people active for longer, with a significant positive effect on a person’s mental and emotional well-being.
Peace of mind
However close you are to your loved one, you may not be able to visit them as often as you might like. And if they live alone, you may worry about how they are managing.
Many elderly people suffer from feelings of intense loneliness, isolation and depression, particularly if mobility issues mean that they are unable to leave the house as often as they once did. If their social life has fallen away, they are likely to pine for companionship and mental stimulation, both of which a live-in care worker can provide through companionship.
You may worry that your loved one will suffer a fall, medical emergency or an accident with nobody there to help. With a live-in caregiver with them round-the-clock, you and your relative can enjoy the peace of mind which comes with knowing they are well looked after and have someone to watch over them.
There are so many benefits to receiving home help that this is a highly attractive alternative to the traditional care home option. Live-in care can often work out as a more cost-effective form of elderly care than a place in a residential home, particularly if an elderly couple shares a caregiver.
Your loved one also receives the undivided attention of their carer, rather than seeing the constantly changing faces of domiciliary home helps or staff in a nursing home.
With a care package from a trusted provider such as Elder, your loved one can continue living independently in the home they know and love, at the same time as enjoying the companionship and one-to-one support of a friend and carer.
Is Postoperative Home Help Necessary?
If your loved one is due to come out of hospital following surgery, arranging appropriate home help can allow them to be discharged sooner and to start recovery in their own home.
Home Help: What's the Cost?
There are various cost options to consider and some help towards fees may be available from your loved one’s local authority or through NHS continuing healthcare funding, depending on the individual circumstances
What Are the Benefits of Home Help?
Help around the house and with personal tasks means that your elderly relative can continue to manage the day-to-day activities within their grasp, while receiving assistance with those things they are no longer able to do.
How Do I Choose the Right Home Help?
If you have an ageing parent or relative who is no longer as able they once were, it’s important to understand the different types of help available before deciding on the type that they need.