How Can Live-in Home Care Help With Learning Disabilities?
Live-in home care can help with learning disabilities by:
- Providing routine
- Helping with understanding situations and people
- Offering emotional support
Learning disabilities come in many different forms, but they all have an impact on a person’s ability to live a full and independent life. In the past, residential care was the only alternative to an elderly person remaining in the family home, but nowadays, thanks to the increasing popularity of live-in care, there is a practical and viable alternative to institutional care.
Types of learning disabilities
Everyone’s needs are different, and no two people with learning difficulties will require the same types of support, which is why a dedicated live-in carer is so the ideal choice. Your loved one may be distressed by too many changes of personnel, so having a single person caring for them is often much easier for them to cope with.
Around 1 per cent of the population suffers from some degree of autism, which makes it hard for sufferers to make sense of the world around them. They may struggle to interpret facial expressions of conversational nuances and derive great benefit from someone who can help them to make sense of what is happening around them.
It is believed that as many as 1 in every thousand people have Down’s Syndrome, which can also present a range of learning difficulties. Symptoms can vary quite widely, and many people with Down’s Syndrome can live a fairly independent lifestyle with a degree of in-home support.
The benefits of in-home care
Most of us thrive in familiar surroundings, close to family and friends, and people with learning disabilities are no different - they just need a little extra support to maintain an independent lifestyle.
As every person with a learning disability is unique, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to managing their day-to-day routines, which is why a dedicated live-in care worker is the best choice. The carer becomes a friend, confidante, and enabler, allowing the individual to live their life as independent as possible.
Many people with learning disabilities dislike change and thrive on routine. Constant changes of personal enablers and carers are distressing and disruptive, which is why companies such as Elder take time to match each caregiver carefully to the care recipient. By ensuring that both parties have hobbies, pastimes, and common interests, there is a much greater chance that both parties will ‘gel’ and form a strong partnership based on mutual respect.
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.
What tasks can a caregiver assist with?
Learning disabilities vary widely, and the type and amount of assistance that each care recipient requires equally varies. Elder carers can assist with an array of tasks to enable your loved one to live a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.
For example, your relative may need help with managing their money, paying bills and shopping. They may also need assistance with traveling, arranging medical appointments and organising prescriptions. The caregiver will assist your loved one with much-loved activities, whether helping to organise social events, or facilitating enjoyable outings.
The caregiver will lend your loved one a helping hand at every opportunity, from helping with ironing to ensuring that they maintain a healthy lifestyle, with nutritious meals and an appropriate level of exercise. Above all, the caregiver is on hand 24-hours a day to assist whenever and wherever it is needed.
Whatever type of learning disability your loved one has, Elder, can supply a dedicated and empathetic care worker to enable them to live a rich and fulfilling lifestyle, giving you and the rest of your family complete peace of mind.
How Can Live-in Home Care Help With Fragility?
If your loved one has problems with mobility, becomes unsteady while walking, or has difficulties when getting in or out of a chair or bed, you may worry that they are at risk of falling. This is when they could benefit from live-in care and support in their own home.
How Can Live-in Home Care Help With Loneliness?
Older people may have lost their spouse, and as their closest friends pass away or move to be nearer to their families, they can quickly experience the isolation of loneliness, particularly if they have any health problems that make it hard for them to get out and about. But even those in perfect health may find that loneliness has a profound impact on their day-to-day lives.
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.
How Do I Find the Right Home Help Provider?
If your elderly loved one is in need of care, you should make sure that the person you employ to care for them is honest and trustworthy and has the necessary skills to perform their required tasks appropriately and professionally.
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