If you are worried about a relative or loved one, you might want to consider whether they need extra care and attention. As we get older, we do lose our independence, and even the simplest tasks can become difficult or even dangerous. Ideally, you want to keep your loved one out of a care home as studies have shown that this can cause them to deteriorate further. It can also make them feel as though they are losing an important part of their life. The solution is to explore live-in care solutions. A live-in care option provides a range of benefits that are not available when moving a family member into a residential care home. But what are the signs that someone needs live-in care?
Accidents and Injuries
Is an older member of your family experiencing a lot of accidents or injuries? They might have ended up in the hospital a few times due to trips or falls. This is quite common because as we age, we often lose some of our control over motor skills. Even simply lifting your foot to climb a step can cause issues once you reach a certain age. The problem is that injuries like this are far more serious for elderly people as their bodies take longer to recover. While you might recover in a few weeks, an older person could take months to recover from the same injury. Even then there can still be complications.
This can lead to long stays in hospitals and an eventual transfer to a nursing home or residential care facility.
To avoid this, you need to watch out for signs that your loved one is having more accidents than usual. After the first trip to a hospital from an accident at home, it might be worth looking into in-home care solutions. With live-in care, older people can get the support they need to avoid accidents while still maintaining a level of independence and getting the comfort of their own home.
Physical Difficulties and Impairments
You might find that your relative is struggling due to an existing physical condition. This could be a tremor in their hands or arthritis. Both can make simple activities such as making a cup of tea or having a bath dangerous and challenging for someone who doesn’t have help. This can once again lead to the chance of injuries and accidents becoming more common. With live-in care, a trained professional can help them with any issues they may have and greatly improve their quality of life.
Lack of Socialising
When a person is having trouble coping there is often a lack of socialising. When mobility is affected, going out or interacting with friends and family can be a struggle. They might also have sensory impairments or cognitive issues that can make socialising more difficult. In a residential care home the residents do socialise, but not on their own terms. With live-in care, people can go out when they want, see people and get the help they need to socialise how they used to.
After sixty-five, cognitive issues such as dementia become far more common. Someone affected by this condition may begin to forget important memories or information such as who they are or where they live. They may also forget to complete crucial tasks such as switching off the stove after preparing dinner. Again, this can lead to dangers both in and outside the home. Moving to a residential care home, may lead to increased confusion because of the changes in environment. With live in care, people can stay in the place that they know and feel more comfortable: their own home. Studies show that familiar environments can further help patients suffering from dementia.
Lack of Personal and Home Maintenance
Finally, you may notice a reduction in personal care and care for property if someone needs help at home, they might struggle to have a bath or shower but rather than telling someone, they may simply stop washing. The house will also be a mess because they may not be in a strong enough physical condition to clean up. If you notice signs like this, you should consider getting someone to help around the home, providing constant level of support. With live-in care, a loved one’s home can be made safe, clean and comfortable once more.
For more information and a discussion on the practicalities of live in care, give Orchid 24 hour live in care a call or contact us.