The Elderly Community Care what it delivers and what it don’t
The age-old question and the dilemma of how best to look after one’s elderly parents, this has always been a challenge.
Traditionally families as a matter of honour took on the caring role of their parents. Regardless and irrespective of their physical or mental condition/shortcomings.
However, in today fast-paced stressful life with huge financial pressures on many families especially where both work full time caring for elderly parents, in any meaningful way, just CANNOT be done. Attempting it could lead to burn-out or worse.
Moreover, geographically if the children of the elderly person live hundreds of miles away or in some cases abroad- impossible.
Of course, in times-gone-by, this situation and question rarely arose.
Because what we have in today’s world are vastly differing scenarios.
For example, years ago it was the norm that families were close-knit and usually lived within close proximity and most mums staying at home to look after the house and family.
In the future with the ever-increasing elderly population in the UK, and indeed worldwide, we can expect to witness more pressures in this area.
Dementia Care The Biggie!
The Elderly Community Care. Dementia care In many ways this condition is the toughest challenge for everyone associated with the sufferer. A very demanding role for any children to have to face.
There are many cases where even if the children or other family members are living close-by they just simply point-blank refuse to take part in caring for their parents.
It says a lot if the parents own children cannot bear to take on the role of carer.
But or However.
However, it’s perfectly understandable as sadly Dementia is a wicked disease. The unenviable task of adopting the role of a carer can destroy the lives of everyone associated with the sufferer.
A terrible and virtually impossible dilemma (divided loyalties) were basically having to choose between either the immediate family or aging parents.
Elderly care Hiring support persons.
The Elderly Community Care what it delivers and what it doesn’t.
Who will take care of Mum /Dad or both?
In other words, who will do what one’s own children are unable/unwilling to do. Choices are; help at home assisted living or a nursing home. Perhaps the grandchildren may take them in!
What to do?
The most common option is a daily drop-in carer. This ensures that daily the individual/s are up and about, and not suffered any disasters during the night.
However this is a “sticking- plaster” job, as it does nothing for companionship, interaction, or watching over them to minimise risks of falls.
It’s a known fact that the demise and eventual admission into residential care is as a result of heavy fall. Many elderly people after a severe fall are never physically able to live independently again. Falls are the biggest threat to elderly people. But often this serious and real risks of being ignored/overlooked.
Conclusion: The Elderly Community care what’s the deal!
Unquestionable the most comprehensive solution is a person to live in with your parents to look after them.
This prevents isolation and loneliness, minimise risks of falls, gives them back a social life and mobility if the carer drives. The carer also can do all the things for you which 20 years ago were taken for granted. Such as: Removing the top off of a bottle, opening a tin can, lifting of weighty items, and numerous other tasks.
Yes, what we offer a live-in carer is expensive. Normally anything between £750-£1200 per week. But our way it works out far cheaper. ‘How come?’ we hear you ask. Quite simple really- carers are not paid anywhere near these high amounts. What we do differently is not to seek such large profits margins.