Home Care Assistance
Anxious elderly man
When the time comes to consider Home Care Assistance- the idea of a one- to- one live in personal assistant is rarely a consideration.
However, thinking logically, its probably the only option which ticks virtually all the boxes. It’s simple and uncomplicated, relatively affordable, and we have never once heard reports of a live in carer exploiting their position.
When it becomes blatantly clear independent living poses serious risks, to safety, and well-being- sadly, many family members think one dimensionally -CARE HOME!
This option is perceived as inevitable either now or later.
We do not share this view and intend to create more awareness of the benefits and advantages of Home care assistance by way of live in care.
Let’s compare the options.
1) Residential care home.
The Pope once described it rather well “a form of- hidden euthenasia“.We ourselves have visited care homes and discovered what a bleak outlook they provide. Usually all that’s left of the inmates past life is a few family photos (wedding day, and children growing up) set on a dressing table in a sparse room.
That’s- it, no suitcase because- they won’t be needing one. They are not guests but inmates. They are part of a regime with very little interaction, left for hours on end, fed watered, and personal hygiene taken care of and not much else, Visitor numbers diminish as time goes by- out of sight out of mind. Nevertheless I have no doubt the carers do their best, with huge workloads, poor pay and low morale.
2) Drop in carers.
A sort of patch and mend arrangement. Fine when the carer is there, but the problems occur once they leave. Useful in ensuring nothing happenened to them overnight, or if it did, someone to raise the alarm. Gets them out of bed, washed, clothed, toilet etc. Usually some breakfast and a brief chat and off they go until the next visit. The problems of course arise when the carer is not there. Especially the risk of falls which have a habit of occurring when they are alone. Falls represent the biggest threat to elderly people and their independence. Often leading to eventual residential care. Why? Because fractures often do not heal well. Impact often brings on a heart attack. It’s the slippery slope. From then on in and out of hospital, and a deteriorating condition. In the long term it falls short!
3) A live in carer.
Definition:- A person in attendance to support the elderly by way of 24/ 7 with all the benefits which comes with it. Someone to help you up out of bed, get you washed toilet etc. Make breakfast and sit and chat with you. From then on they are at your disposal throughout the day to ensure you don’t fall over, take you out, and about, be your companion etc. Also participate in discussing daily current news, and to hear about the elderly persons lifes experiences, and conversely the carers lifes experiences.They deal with unwanted sales people and the unscrupulous, make sure the post is brought in, keep the place tidy, do the washing and some are happy to look after the garden. Impulses are taken care of such as a visit the fish and chip shop, a visit to a social club etc,. Or why not a day at the seaside? This article to be continued.