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Different Types of In-Home Care for the Elderly

It can be difficult when we see people struggling, especially if they are our loved ones getting older. Aging happens to all of us, but along with it comes a variety of different problems. So, what can you do about it?

Whether you know someone who might need some additional help in the home as they get older or have older family members who are starting to struggle alone, you might be wondering what options are out there to help. If so, you have come to the right place!

This piece will discuss some of the different types of in-home care that can be accessed for older adults to help make their life a little easier.

Read on to find out more...

Personal Care

It can be difficult to see someone or be someone who needs additional help doing the very basics, such as personal care. Not only can it feel embarrassing to have to have additional help for someone who cannot manage, but it can also cause feelings of sadness, grief, and hopelessness for the things they used to be able to do and having to face this new and unwelcome transition.

Inviting someone into the home to offer personal care can be daunting, but trained professionals are there to help someone and make sure they are as comfortable as possible every step of the way. They can help with tasks such as washing, dressing, using the toilet, and helping with appearance. This is a great option for those who are still mentally well enough to be on their own or with a partner and still want to stay in their own home, as they can live as normal a life as possible.

If you are interested in investing in elderly home care, then make sure to research a reputable company and have a chat to see what they can offer the person that needs care.

Social Care

It is not uncommon for older adults to feel lonely or to have no one to see. In fact, a study found that more than one-third of adults over 45 feel lonely, and one-fourth of adults over 65 are said to be completely isolated. This is a serious issue, as all humans rely on social interaction for good health and mental wellbeing, but this can be a particular problem for older people.

There are now charities, organizations, and other projects that operate on the sole purpose of making sure older people have adequate interaction and a healthy social life. However, for those who want a more personal one-on-one approach, they can also enjoy social care as part of an elderly home care service. Not only can they see the same friendly faces regularly, but also adult day center trips are arranged so that people can get out of the house and enjoy doing some fun activities with others.

Respite Care

If someone is lucky enough to have family or friends take on their in-home care, then that can feel much easier to live with in some cases than it is with having a new stranger and a new routine in their life. However, all carers need a break themselves, and this is where respite care comes in.

For full-time carers, it can be a pretty demanding job even at the best of times, and they also have their own lives to live outside of working as a carer, too. Investing in respite care can give full-time carers the break they need to go out and run their own errands, get some sleep, or even spend some quality time with the person they are caring for instead of chopping up food or sorting out bills for them.

Specialist Care

Not everyone needs the same type of care, and while a blanket ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach can work for the basics, there are often times when people need additional support or have a specific condition that could benefit from specialized care with a professional. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Dementia – Issues affecting memory, lucidity, and communication
  • Mobility limiting injuries – Spinal cord damage, broken bones
  • Bariatric care – Obesity issues that prevent moving on their own and other complications
  • Learning difficulties – Carers can help develop skills while caring
  • Physical disabilities – Extreme physical disabilities may require more specialist care
  • Palliative care - For those who wish to remain at home during end-of-life care.

Do not worry if you cannot see the service you require, as this list is not exhaustive. Many care providers will be more than happy to find a way to tailor a plan that can suit your needs, whatever they are. You might find you need more than one carer or a combination of specialists to create the perfect plan.

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