If you want to remain at home but struggle to live independently, a carer can be a good compromise. Here we explain the main types of home care visits and how they can help you…
When you age, it becomes more difficult to get around and do things independently. Yet this doesn’t mean you want to leave your home and go to an assisted living facility. In order to find a solution that works, many turn to home care, otherwise known as domiciliary care. This is where someone comes into the home of a person that needs assistance and helps them out with their daily tasks. These daily tasks could vary from keeping them company and doing light chores, to assisting with feeding, medication and getting washed and dressed in the morning. There are a variety of types of home care and if you are wondering just what support is out there or what is available for you, we have put together some of the top choices below.
Home Care Visits
Home care visits can vary completely depending on your requirements and this is something that will be established in an initial meeting. It can cover elements such as personal care like washing and getting dressed, assistance with walking, medication reminders and aiding with going to the bathroom or incontinence care. It also involves lifestyle support such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and changing the bed as well as light housekeeping.
Overnight Home Care
With overnight home care, a carer will stay with you overnight, providing care that continues around the clock. It could be that you feel uncomfortable staying at home on your own during the night, you might need assistance to the bathroom if you were to wake up or you might require full-time night care. A nighttime carer will be there to offer peace of mind, help with toilet breaks, administer medication or move your position in bed should you require this.
Hospital To Home Care
If you have recently been in hospital and are recovering, it could be that you aren’t quite ready to live on your own, but no longer need to be in the hospital. This is where hospital to home care comes in. One of the main types of home care, your carer can assist with a variety of things such as working on your movement, keeping your house maintained with light housekeeping and helping you to take medication should you need it. Your hospital to home carer will also be there to keep you company in a time when you can’t get out of the house and are feeling lonely.
Respite Home Care
If you have a loved one that has a long-term condition or requires round the clock care it can soon take its toll. While you will always want to be there for them, sometimes you will need a break and that is where respite care comes in. Whether you need a short break, are heading away for a holiday or for business, or for another reason, respite care is temporary care that offers relief to those that have been looking after a family member or loved one. The care is available when you need it and is highly flexible. By having a break every now and then you will be in a much better mental state to continue providing the standard of care that you want to offer your loved one. If you aren’t looking after yourself properly it becomes much harder to look after someone else.
While you inevitably want to stay living in your home as long as possible, you will also want to be living somewhere that is a nice place to be. Which is where home help comes in. With home help, someone can come in to assist with the general maintenance of your home that you might not be able to do on your own anymore. This could include cleaning the house thoroughly, meal preparation, unaccompanied shopping, ironing and pet care. This service will ensure you can remain at home and also enjoy a clean and well-kept home where you feel happy and safe.
It’s important to never underestimate the power of company and that is where companionship care comes in. Being lonely is one of the leading causes of depression in the elderly and this can further lead to or exacerbate neurological conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers. With companionship care, someone can come in to have a cup of tea and a chat, do light household duties and also accompany you on any days out you might want to partake in but don’t want to go alone. This could be a trip out for lunch or to the garden centre, to the theatre or to your local religious gathering if you belong to a faith community.
These are just some of the main types of home care that are offered here at Premier Community. To find out which type of care is best for you and how we can help, please get in touch with us.