Helping a Loved One to Maintain Their Independence
Private home care offers an elderly person so much, while allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own home.
For an elderly person who takes a lot of pride in both their home and appearance, illness or infirmity can be devastating. Spending their retirement in a home that they have created so many wonderful memories in is what they want, and indeed, truly deserve. Unfortunately, state-funded social care is stretched to the limit, so many desperate relatives feel that putting their loved one into a home is their only option. Well, there is an alternative. Independent live in care
will help an elderly person to maintain their independence for as long as possible, while giving friends and family complete peace of mind.
Making everyday tasks easier
As someone gets older, keeping their home tidy and maintaining a smart appearance can take a lot of effort, leaving little time for any social activities or hobbies
. A private home carer can help to make those tasks easier. Once the burden of those everyday tasks is lifted a little, a person can focus on doing the things that they really love – such as gardening, cooking or socialising. It's just a little helping hand, but it makes a huge difference to someone's quality of life.
Care and companionship
A live in carer will be able to provide their charge with some much needed company. Whether it's due to the loss of their life partner or to being isolated from their friends and family, elderly people can often become lonely. A live in carer will become not only someone who can offer an elderly person physical assistance, but someone who can give them emotional support too. The power of a chat over a cup of tea or a good discussion about what's happening in the world can't be underestimated. An older person needs to keep their brain active, and if they're lonely, they have much less chance of doing so.
Keeping an eye on a person's health
A live in carer can also spot health problems before they get worse. Of course, they're not trained doctors and can't administer any treatment, but they're attentive and as they build a rapport with the person they live with, will be able to pick up on any worrying signs. Whether it's trouble keeping mobile, increased forgetfulness or any other concerning symptoms, they'll be able to encourage key members of a person's care team to take action. A situation that could quickly escalate if a person was living alone can be resolved quickly just by having someone there who cares.
Giving friends and family peace of mind
A carer doesn't just offer a lifeline to an elderly person, but their friends and family as well. The physical and emotional strain of looking after an elderly loved one is enormous, so being able to share that with someone else is nothing short of life-changing. A live in carer is trained to deliver a service that's tailored to a person's exact needs, so after a while, it really will be like having another member of the family there providing care.
Could private care be right for your loved one?
As you can see, there are many ways in which a live in carer can massively improve an elderly person's quality of life and help them to remain independent for as long as possible. If you have an elderly loved one that you think could benefit from some live in care, why not get the ball rolling and enquire? It could be the start of a much less unchallenged and ultimately, enjoyable, period in both theirs and your own life.