It can be difficult to decide what is best for them when our parents and loved ones get older and are unable to take care of themselves. In this case, many find that homecare offers them the attention they need whilst remaining at home independently; others may need more dedicated care in retirement homes and special residences.
- Staying at home:
Many older people prefer to remain in their own homes. By living in the same area, they have lived in for years; they are able to continue the relationships with neighbours and friends. Being in a familiar surrounding they feel more comfortable and they are also reminded of the happy memories in their home. Being independent is a priority for many. Staying active by completing manageable tasks each day will make them feel healthier, independent and happier for longer.
Many practical needs, such as help with housework and general day-to-day healthcare, can be met by Homecarers. Older people can also enjoy a sociable and emotionally satisfying life by interacting with the local community and enjoying homecare comforts.
- Personalized Care:
Many older people enjoy a personal relationship with their care workers. They feel assured that their problems and needs are being dealt with professionally by interacting regularly with care staff. It can help the older people prevent loneliness, social exclusion and feelings of abandonment when they interact with others.
Each person is unique and needs a different level of care. Care workers are more aware of the vulnerability of the old people with the respect and attention they deserve. Therefore, when families choose home care services, they feel assured that their loved ones are being looked after lovingly and in a professional manner.
After suffering from serious health issues and spending time in the hospital, some older people go into full-time care. More often, it is not possible for them to return home and live independently. A huge range of staff is available to help vulnerable people find their feet again and regain their independence. Carers such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists may be able to help even further with most of these services provided at home.
People who have experienced health problems have difficulties in doing some tasks such as washing, dressing, cleaning and cooking. Care workers can help them regain these skills and help them with basic tasks.
- How to find support:
Activities such as bathing, shopping and getting into bed can become impossible in later life. Contact your local council’s adult social service department to find out which type of care your relative may be entitled to and any financial support that you may receive.
- Adapting at home:
For older people who choose to remain at home, there is the wide variety of equipment and technology available. People can remain independent for a longer period of time with the help of advanced technology.
- Small modifications can be made to the exterior of their homes such as ramps, rails and outdoor lighting in order to make the home an easier place to get around.
- Stair lifts, additional bannisters and wide doors for wheelchair access can make the interiors easier for older people to use. Bathrooms can also benefit from walk-in baths, thermometers, flood detectors, shower seats and bath lifts.
- To make the kitchen a safe and comfortable place for an elderly person we may fix the devices such as- kettle tippers, perching stools, cupboards with pull-out shelves, one-handed chopping boards and wheelchair accessible sinks etc.
- Accessories such as personal alarms, pressure sensors and carbon monoxide detectors can make the home a safer place to be. If home care is the best option for your loved one, it is necessary to implement homecare to work alongside assistive technology to increase their quality and safety of life.
- Help that improves the way of living:
If you are concerned about an elderly relative or neighbour, home care is considered as a good option. By allowing people to stay in their own community and receive care in the comfort of their own home, they remain independent for much longer.