Elderly Homecare Service
Support to an elderly person by way of either a visiting or live-in carer
In this article, we examine the various options available in the sphere of home help services to the Elderly.
Our particular focus/mission is on those who live at home and wish- to keep it that way!
Elderly care at home. Unfortunately there comes a time when many of our aging parents begin to show signs of “everyday living” becoming somewhat challenging.
Quite often the elderly person/s is in blissful ignorance of their demise. Or they refuse to accept or acknowledge it. This is very understandable due to real fears of them being placed in a care home.
For those fortunate enough to have -siblings, family, and friends, around them, they able to observe these warning signs. This is the time to consider elderly home care services.
It often starts with memory blips and minor confusion issues.
Mostly these manifestations are passed off as- a topic of ironic humour and often jested about, and perceived as a normal part of growing old.
How often do we hear when Dad or Grandad either forgets or fails to understand something, – referring to themselves as- “aren’t I a silly old fool.”
We suggest at this stage to try and up the level of visits. Never underestimate in an elderly person the therapeutic value of interaction with others.
Let’s take a look at some of the negative aspects/impacts of cognitive, and physical decline in an elderly person.
Elderly Home Care and Support Services
There is a brain that is no longer as sharp as it once was. The same applies to both hearing and eyesight.
All of this erodes the ability to process information- quickly, clearly, and concisely=reduced awareness and risk of vulnerability to accidents around the home.
In some cases, you could be witnessing the very early onset of dementia, Parkinson’s, or both.
These are mostly no more than an irritant such as: can’t take the top off a bottle or open a tin can, moving a chair or similar type issue. Once it reaches the stage where general weakness impairs mobility, this then presents a grave risk of stumbling with disastrous consequences.
Many elderly people simply go ‘downhill’ due to loneliness and isolation. Even if the individual is fit, physically and cognitively, isolation and loneliness has an impact too. We urge anyone with elderly parents to visit them as often as they. do take into account they are a proud generation, who will never admit they are feeling lonely.
Elderly care at home. In this article, we have attempted to create a picture/scenario which hopefully you can relate to.
In a “utopian world”
One of the family would simply move in to watch and guard over them.
In the “real world”-here are some suggestions for you. Of course, time and geographic location dictate the extent of what you can do.
1. Ideally ‘look’ in at least once a day. Or, source someone else who can.
2. Always make a daily phone call to ensure they are OK. That is unless they are quite deaf and unable to hear you, This being the case you would need option 3
3. From the outset employ a care service provider to spend some time with them. Or alternatively, at least look in on them.
It’s not unusual to read of cases where people are stuck in the bath for days on end. Also having someone look in ensures they are still alive, or otherwise. Be aware this reflects very badly on any family living close-by, especially if the media picks it up.
4. Introduce a full-time live-in carer. This might sound a bit too way-out and unaffordable. However, this option delivers the most complete solution minimises risk to their well being, as well as the priceless bonus of a friend and companionship.
What represents the biggest risk/danger to an elderly person living alone? –
No doubt (Stumbles-Falling Over.) This represents the biggest risk factor of all. Statistics show a severe fall can very often eventually lead to a residential or nursing home.
Drop-in carers £13.00 PH. The average cost per week £182.00 assume 2 hours per day
Drop-in carers x 2 £13.00 PH X 2 Average cost PW. £342.00 assumes 2 hours per day 2 carers
(Note 2 carer are often needed where lifting is an issue)
Drop in carers x 2 £13.00 PH x 2 Average cost PW. £684.00 assumes 4 hours per day 2 carers
2 carers 4 x per day is not unusual.
Elderly home care service by way of -live in-home support From £650.00 PW
To be continued.