How can a Live-in Carer support someone who is frail & elderly?
Most Elderly Frail people would prefer to stay living in the comfort of their own home. Familiar surroundings are comforting, full of memories, and there is often a support network of friends and family locally. With full-time Live-in care support, you are provided with 24-hour care and companionship focused on your individual needs. You can tailor the Live-in service to ensure you are able to enjoy a high quality of life. Also tailor the service to maintain control and choice to live as independently as possible.
As you age you may experience difficulties with your mobility, sensory impairments, issues with bladder control and memory difficulties. You may have a general feeling that your mind and body is not working as well as it used to! These symptoms can be challenging but can be safely managed in the home with the expert support of an experienced Live-in carer. Your Live-in Carer can help give you a new lease of life.
If you are having problems with your mobility, an Occupational Therapist can assess you and your home. They will identify any equipment needed for your personalised care. This will ensure your home is suitable for your needs and your Live-in carer can support you safely. Your Live-in carer will be experienced with all types of mobility aids and equipment. They will help you to manage any difficulties and adjust to any new requirements.
Just some of the help a Live-in Carer can offer:
Support with personal care
- At times and in ways that you choose. This might include bathing, showering, dressing, and undressing and general support with your personal appearance. This may be help with shaving, hair care and make-up, jewellery, nail care, etc. Getting older does not mean that your appearance need suffer! Your Live-in carer will listen to your preferences and how you like things to be done and help accordingly.
Support with continence
- Accessing the bathroom, using the loo, or more complex support such as catheter and stoma care where required. Being Elderly Frail can come with a wide range of different problems relating to your bladder & bowels. We introduce Live-in Carers who have the right experience & training who know exactly how to help you. They will also be able to monitor and track any changes. Your Live-in Carer can support you to report any changes back to your GP or Continence Nurse.
Support with mobility
- As you get older you may suffer with Arthritis and other joint problems. You may have poor balance, general frailty and other issues that can affect your ability to move round easily. This can be challenging or even prevent you from doing different activities. Our experienced Live-in Carers are there to help you in any way they can. That might be helping you transfer, pushing your wheelchair, or just being there when you are walking to help give you confidence. Knowing your Live-in Carer is there if you should fall or have an accident can help with worry. It will also give you and your family reassurance and peace of mind.
Assisting with medication
– Your Live-in Carer will be fully trained in the safe administration of medication. They will be happy to support you with ordering and collecting prescriptions. They can gently prompt if needed when medication is due and can support you with pain management. Your Live-in Carer can help you liaise with your GP or District Nurse if any changes are needed.
- The day-to-day running of the home, including hoovering, dusting, other light housework, and laundry. Some of our Live-in Carers also love gardening. They will be very happy to help you in your outdoor spaces. They can also help you keep your bird feeders topped up. As vision difficulties can be common as you get older, your Live-in Carer can also help with other challenging activities. This might include reading recipes, labels, dealing with correspondence and helping with shopping.
Preparing and Cooking Meals
– Prepared to your likes using fresh ingredients, ensuring you are provided with a nutritious and balanced diet. Our Live-in carers will welcome your input in the kitchen and cooking together can be an enjoyable social activity. Our fully trained Live-in Carers will also accommodate any special dietary requirements, including a soft diet. They can also support you with cutting up food or assist you with eating if that makes life easier.
– Chatting and watching TV or listening to music together. A lot of our Live-in Carers stay with their elderly clients for a long time and become friends. Feeling companionship is a vital part of maintaining emotional stability. You can employ a Live-in Carer as a companion even if you don’t need very much help with your care yet.
– Our Live-in carers will enjoy helping you take care of your beloved pets. That may include walking them, feeding them and arranging or supporting with vet visits when needed. Pets can be amazing way of calming anxiety and reducing stress levels associated with many conditions as you get older.
Support to arrange and attend activities in and out of the home
- Visits to friends and family or attending places of interest to you. This might include National Trust gardens, shopping, community groups and clubs, visits to your hairdresser, etc. A Live-in carer will facilitate and welcome your loved ones to visit you at home. Maintaining social networks is important as you get older, and your Live-in Carer will be happy to assist with this.
Support with your physical and mental health
– Your Live-in Carer will support you to contact your local surgery for GP or district nurse input. They will also be able to help you contact any other health professionals involved in your care. They will be able to support and accompany you to GP and hospital appointments. An experienced Live-in Carer will understand the emotional impact getting older can have on their client. They will be sensitive to your needs and understand the challenges you face.
Support with cognitive difficulties
– Your Live-in Carer can help if are suffering with age-relate cognitive problems caused by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They will help you remember things such as important dates, appointments, and birthdays They can help keep a list of anything you may need to remember and keep you on track of your to-dos! You may also have trouble communicating and getting stuck on words. Your Live-in Carer can help you speak to your family, friends & professionals when you need assistance. They are also there to help understand and process important information, for example instructions from your doctor.
Finding the Perfect Carer for someone who is frail & elderly
At Access Care we pride ourselves on being a Live-in care recruitment agency who really care. We want to make a great match of Carer for all our clients. We know how much our Live-in Carers support and enhance the quality of life of our clients. Furthermore, it’s a pleasure to help make that happen.
We have been introducing professionally trained Live-in Carers to care for Elderly Frail people at home for over 25 years. Many of our carers have a wealth of experience and have attended specialist care training.
We will listen to your wishes and needs. We will talk to you to get to know you so we can try to find you a Live-in Carer with common interests and beliefs. This is in addition to the necessary care qualifications, skills, and experience.
For our Elderly Frail clients, we look for Live-in Carers who ideally have advanced experience of caring for older people. They will have the necessary understanding and insight into the ageing process as well as the practical skills to support you. Our job is to present you with possible Live-in Carers to choose from. Your job is to choose one!
Resources you may find useful for frail, elderly people
Age UK is the largest UK charity for older people with the aim of helping older people get the most out of life. They have an advice line, a befriending service, day centres, and information guides and factsheets on their website. www.ageuk.org.uk
Independent Age is a London based charity. They offer an advice helpline, free information, friendship services and they campaign for a fair deal for older people. www.independentage.org
Helping The Elderly
Companionship Care For The Elderly