Live in home carers- caring assistance at home.
However many elderly people are oblivious or prefer to ignore obvious signs they are struggling to remain independent often shunning any help and assistance. Sadly many only come round to the idea when it’s too late. Of course loneliness is under the radar -“psychological”- and not out in the open for everyone to see.Live in home carers – what could be better?
It’s a known fact, that most elderly people have a strong desire to remain living in the familiar surroundings of their own home, and in the community they know so well, for as long as possible. However often convincing quite stubborn elderly people they need help, is another matter.
A recent report in USA show that 29% of elderly people live alone. The report also showed that 12% of people over the age of 65 required some form of assistance to be able to cope with daily life at home.
Social isolation is not good news for our elderly citizens.
Live in home carers help you say “No” to falls and fractures!
Broken limbs etc. pose one of the biggest threats to elderly people living alone.
If you begin to observe a loved one begins to show signs of struggling with (to us mundane) daily tasks like for example: eating, bathing, dressing, these manifestations of diminishing cognitive functions could signal early -middle stages of dementia. Then “home” is no longer the secure safe place it once was.
Add to this often poor eyesight then minor safety hazards can put an elderly individual at risk of a fall, broken hips and without being over dramatic even- death.
Often a fall can lead to a downward spiral in old people’s ability to remain living independently.
Falls often result in fractures some more serious than other. A broken hip for example is something an elderly person struggles to recover from. Even after they heal their mobility becomes compromised, meaning they are more at risk of a further fall. Of course it could be other limbs, such as an arm, leg, wrist etc. Not to mention in many cases the trauma leads to a heart attack.
Another common fracture is Ribs! On the face of it not so serious, but it can have major implications? For example: breathing difficulties caused by broken ribs can lead to a lung infection pneumonia, which is highly dangerous in older people.
During last year alone there were 29,401 hospital consultations relating to rib fractures.
What is the most effective solution to preventing these highly dangerous falls?
No doubt -someone living- in 24/7 to mind over them.
Why isn’t this option more widely taken up? Mainly due to perceptions real or otherwise, of high cost. Generally when people become in need of home care they or their siblings opt for someone to call in on them: -drop-in carers. This can range from one visit to -six time per day. In other cases people use a part time carer for a few hours per day, or in other cases and the best way is for other family members to sit in with their parents.
The drawback with all of these care options is not what happens when the carer is present, but more about what happens when they leave! A fall could occur 2 minutes before the carer arrives, or 2 minutes after. Whereas a live in carer is with them around the clock. Of course occasionally the carer will have a day off, or just nipped down the shops, so nothing is fool proof. But it’s as near as it can be to being fool proof.
Live in home carers – Deliver inestimable support to the elderly
Apart from the obvious costs one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, is convincing our elderly mums and dads to accept a stranger into their home. This is of course understandable, and sometimes they can be beyond persuasion. Unfortunately usually the elderly person is unaware of their own frailty and feel they can happily continue without any help. But once the fall has occurred it can be too late. Why too late? Because in many instances is: the knock- on effect of a number of falls leads to eventual residential care. Not an option most people would prefer.
Live in home carers