A Live in Personal assistant to Elderly
Definition of a live in personal assistant who supports live in home care provision to an elderly person:- An individual who lives-in with the service user acting as a guardian angel.
Their role is usually- (not always) in supporting someone either elderly with disabilities or both.
– What does it deliver?
As opposed to other options/alternatives- such as: a nursing home, drop-in care etc the benefits/advantages are many fold.
The most important one being: the service user is able to remain living in their own home- that’s it-end of! however here we cover numerous other major benefits of a live in carer PA.
Enabling the individual to continue living in a familiar environment -coupled with all the cherished memories it holds.
Delivers a bespoke 1-1 individual support where the service user is the centre of attention and bespoke individual care and attention.
Reassurance for siblings, other family members, and friends. Especially beneficial if they do not live close by.
Vital Help in getting out of bed, bathing, going to the loo, dressing, meal preparation, prompting to take medications.
Without a live in carer many of these basic simple tasks (to us) cannot be achieved safely.
Its not uncommion for the elderly to sustain an injures in the process-usually a fall.
On the preriphary ;as a big bonus-help with general household chores- washing, ironing, cleaning, dusting etc. Oh, and quite a lot of carers enjoy gardening jobs!
On another level the priceless inherent benefit of :-companionship, interaction, sharing a laugh and a joke, current affairs.
A Live in Personal assistant to Elderly restore independence by enabling them to take charge of events. lifting their self confidence and making them feeling less helpless.
For example the ability to once again play “mine host” (like in the old days). Confidently being able to invite over old friends and relatives for afternoon tea or similar.
How about a trip to some old haunts like the local pub, flower arrangement classes, or perhaps the Townswomen’s Guild, or a trip to the seaside?
What about taking-in a familiar resort where mum and dad took you as a kid? These nostalgic trips can rekindle long forgotten fond memories of yesteryear. Something which can be wonderfully therapeutic in an elderly person.
The ‘chilling out’ and non pressurised relaxed environment cannot be underestimated.
No regime or rules to follow. Able to decide entirely how they wish to spend their day.
No third parties deciding for them what they should eat, and when and where.
What about the abitilty to spontaneously decide on a fried breakfast at midday!
Same applies with what time to get up in the morning, and when to retire at night.
All of the above enables the individual with some support to retain their pride and dignity.
Once again able to make their own decisions. Highly preferable to others making them for you.
Conclusion: live a live in carer–ticks nearly all the boxes.
Without a doubt a personal individual 1-1 level of care delivers far and away the best outcome.
None of us can fully imagine the stress and trauma an individual experiences, when the care home beckons.
Especially the risk of being mixed with other residents suffering a diverse range of conditions.
For example a person without dementia being mixed in with those who have.
To those unaffected with these conditions it must be painful surrounded by it every day.
What sort of life do they have to look forward to? Possibly stripped of their home, taken away from their partner, favourite pets, all gone.
Costs: No it isn’t cheap. But certainly in line with care home costs.
When care involves a couple cost are dramatically lower as live in care cost for 2 people only incurs a small extra charge.
Whereas in a care home it’s the full charge for both individuals.
Note!! Costs when using a direct supplier of a carer instead of a care agency can cut costs by half!
Yes, live in home carers is ‘what we do’. So, we fully accept we have a biased slant.
But hopefully some of the scenarios described above you can relate to.