Live-in care is designed to promote the wellbeing of elderly people through a range of holistic approaches
Live-in care provides many benefits that can improve your loved one’s quality of life. It provides support for good physical and mental health, improves life satisfaction and it can promote wellbeing of elderly parents.
4 ways live-in care can promote wellbeing of elderly people
1. A live-in carer can adapt to specific needs
In residential care, everything is done by the clock. A home carer can be more adaptable. This allows your loved one to choose their own routine. In addition, the carer can adapt to your loved one’s specific needs and be flexible according to their mood and health on the day. For example, if your loved one does not feel up to doing their physiotherapy exercises in the morning, the carer can wait and see if they feel more like it in the afternoon. Or, if your loved one refuses their medication, then the carer can try again a little later.
The carer also has the time to prepare food that your loved one will enjoy. They can sit with them throughout their meal no matter how long it takes. A live-in carer can also take time over your loved one’s personal care, treating them with dignity and ensuring they never feel rushed.
2. A live-in carer can improve your loved one’s health
Staff in care homes are often overstretched. They may do what they can, but they don’t always have time to give each client the individual attention they need. This can impact older peoples’ health outcomes.
A live-in carer is always by your loved one’s side. This means they can keep an eye on their health and wellbeing. They can ensure they are eating as well as possible, staying hydrated and getting appropriate activity to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Your live-in carer will get to know your loved one well. They will, therefore, notice if they are not their usual self. They can then step in to make sure things don’t get worse and get medical help if required. The presence of a live-in carer has been proved to reduce the risk of falls, infections and hospital admissions.
If your loved one is living with dementia, then a specialist live-in carer will know how best to deal with any challenging behaviour. This can improve your loved one’s wellbeing as well as reducing the need for certain medications such as antipsychotics.
3. Live-in care allows your loved one to remain in their own home
A live-in carer allows your loved one to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home with all its lovely memories and treasured possessions. Most people say they would prefer to remain in their own home when they are older. A live-in home carer allows this to happen. Moving to a care home can be very disruptive and upsetting, especially to people living with dementia. Choosing a live-in carer can avoid this upset and the negative effect it may have on your loved one’s happiness and wellbeing.
4. Live-in care offers an improved quality of life
A live-in carer does more than just take care of personal care and health. They are available to provide a holistic support system that will improve your loved one’s wellbeing and help them enjoy a fulfilling life. A live-in carer can enable your loved one to continue to live with their lifelong partner with our couples care, enjoy a social life and their community, and take part in activities and hobbies they enjoy with their carer’s support. A live-in carer will also provide constant companionship to ward off loneliness and isolation. They are there whenever your loved one may be feeling depressed, sad or anxious and will support them through these feelings. However, they will also give their client the space they need.
Live-in carers can provide the right level of support for each individual. They can tailor their care to provide necessary assistance, while also encouraging independence. This can benefit your loved one’s physical and mental wellbeing. It can also increase their sense of happiness, autonomy and satisfaction with life.
Many families are not aware that care at home, provided by live-in home care providers, is a viable and affordable alternative to care homes, often costing the same or less than residential care.
Mumby’s can promote wellbeing of your elderly parent
At Mumby’s, we believe in providing holistic care at home that supports the health and wellbeing of our clients. We encourage our clients to live an independent and fulfilling life with the support of a carer who know their needs and preferences well.
For more information on how a Mumby’s live-in carer can promote the wellbeing of elderly people and help your loved one stay happy and healthy at home, contact us on 0800 505 3511 for a friendly, no-obligation chat.