Mum has a fall and everything changes.
If you have older family members, you may have lived through this experience or one like it. Home care can make all the difference when something like this happens and help to prevent a crisis such as a fall or wandering out of the house from happening.
Home care can be a vital lifeline. Read Ann’s story:
Ann is a spritely 93-year-old who lives with her husband in their own home. Ann’s husband, Jim, has early-stage dementia and she has been his primary carer. She cooks the meals, does the housework and still drives to the shops for groceries. Ann gets a simple cold which then turns into pneumonia. Ann is hospitalised for two nights and receives IV antibiotics and fluids since she is also dehydrated. When she goes home, Jim is completely overwhelmed with the task of taking care of her. Ann’s daughter decides it is time for home care to help them. She makes enquiries to arrange 24-hour care. The Carer reminds Ann to do her breathing exercises, encourages her to drink water and makes nutritious meals. Having care for Ann speeds up her recovery while also keeping Jim happy and healthy.
There is so much that Home Care Carers do that is vital for the support of those wanting to maintain their independence including:
Isolation and loneliness are recognised as an increasingly serious and growing problem for older Australians. In-Home Carers provide conversation and encourage socialisation. They can also be a nurturing and comforting companion and re-instill meaning and purpose in life.
Not all family carers are able to be a 24-hour support or companion to an ageing family member. The option of an in-home Carer relieves the burden for families who still want to provide support, but can’t be there every day.
Transportation is a significant challenge for many people. Most of us know of an older person who continues to drive, despite feeling that this may no longer be the best choice. Although it is hard to give up driving, having an alternative can make the decision easier. In-Home Carers can provide this valuable service, whether it is to attend important appointments or for socialising.
You may have had the experience of being physically limited by an accident or injury. If you have had this experience, you know how challenging it can be to do seemingly simple things like get dressed or shower, not to mention cook, clean or drive. This situation is made even more challenging the older we get.
Having home care services means a Carer can assist with these routine daily activities. Things like getting out of bed, showering, getting dressed and also monitoring mobility. In-home Carers can also help someone transfer from the bed to the toilet. Whatever the task, home care for the elderly bridges the gap that is often needed in order to offer safety and support in a familiar environment.
Recovery for most of us means getting back to our previous level of functionality. Recovery in older adults generally takes longer and other co-occurring medical conditions can complicate the rehabilitation process.
An In-Home Carer can be an invaluable support for recovery in any number of situations including hospitalisation, an illness, a rehab stay or general decline that results in frailty. A good care plan developed the Home Care Assistance Care Team with feedback from the family and individual, can encourage a safe rehabilitation journey to recovery.
Our focus is on creating close, trusted relationships with families and designing personalised plans that evolve to meet the needs of everyone over time. Paying for personalised care can be more affordable than you think!
Personal care and assistance can be covered under government programmes. Please note, there may be a gap and small contribution to pay, as the Australian Government may not fund the full cost of the program.
Contact us at Home Care Assistance Newcastle today to discuss how we can work with your family’s budget to deliver a complete plan of services.