Category Archive: Long-term care and companionship

  1. Live-in care in Winchester for a mother of two: case study

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    Live-in care Winchester*Mrs G. lives alone in Winchester and has always been a very independent lady. Unfortunately she started suffering regular falls and one of the falls she had left her laying alone on the floor for 12 hours until she was found by a neighbour. This caused concern for her family and it was at this point her son called us for advice. Having discussed the option of live-in care with us, he decided to discuss this with his mother and the rest of the family with the view to trying out our service.

    Mrs G. was very worried she would lose her independence and her home would be taken over. But having been reassured that this would not be the case, she agreed to trial live-in care for three weeks until her family were due to stay with her again as they did every three to four weeks.

    During this time Mrs G. found the experience quite different to what she had expected. Her carer gave her all the space she required. She was always encouraged to remain as independent as possible and was supported to see her friends out in Winchester and given time alone when they visited her. Her appetite had improved as she was being provided with nutritious meals every day and she found the amount of falls she was having had reduced.

    Many people don’t realise that anyone provides live-in care in Winchester, yet Mrs G. and her family were able to see the real benefits of having a live-in carer first hand. They chose to continue with our home care service in a way which allowed the family to visit and stay as they always had. Mrs G. kept her routine; she continued to enjoy having her family time and she kept the same carer.

    The continuity of care Mrs G. receives gives her and her family great peace of mind that she is no longer alone and if it wasn’t for the live-in care she receives she would no longer be able to remain living in her own home.

     

    *This account was used with permission but some details have been changed to protect the identity of this family.

  2. Looking for an alternative to a care home in Essex?

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    The recent news of elder abuse in a care home in Braintree will be deeply worrying to anyone thinking about care options for an elderly loved one in Essex. After all, if you cannot rely on a care home which is subject to regular government inspection to treat your mother or father with dignity and respect, what faith and trust can you have in the care system as a whole?

    But why entrust your elderly loved one to the care system in the first place?


    There is an alternative

    Live-in care costsMany people still assume that a care home is the only option for an older person who can no longer manage on their own at home. Thankfully this is not the case and thousands of families up and down the county have already discovered a much easier and safer alternative. Instead of entrusting their elderly loved ones to residential care, they have arranged for them to receive live-in care in their own home.


    The advantages of live-in care in your own home

    The benefits of care at home are many and varied. In your own home you can:

    • Stay in control of your own life
    • Keep your independence and your dignity
    • Maintain your own lifestyle in the home you know and love
    • Enjoy daily companionship and regular outings with a hand-picked carer of your own choosing
    • Have your personal care needs attended to promptly, sensitively and discreetly by a trained professional
    • Enjoy visits from family and friends at whatever time suits you
    • Encourage members of your family to act as your own team of “care inspectors” to make sure the care you are receiving remains of the highest standard

    More information

    If you would like to know more about how Care at Home’s fully managed care service can help your elderly loved one maintain their dignity and independence, please phone Angela on 08000 807 891, or why not request an Information Pack.

  3. The older you get, the happier you feel – it’s now official!

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    According to research published recently in the Journals of Gerontology, as reported in the Daily Mail on 20th March, people are often happier and more contented in their old age than when they were younger. A far bigger worry for most people in their old age is whether they will be able to maintain their quality of life.

    Happiness changes for people as they get older

    The research suggests that the meaning of happiness changes for people as they get older. Despite mounting health and mobility problems, their general level of contentment tends to increase. One of the authors of the study, Dr Stephen Jivraj, believes that this increase in happiness could be related to the fact that, once people have reached, for example, the age of 80, they experience a certain sense of achievement. “If you have reached 80 years, perhaps you look back on all the things that have happened in your life, so that when you’re asked about your level of satisfaction, you feel you’ve achieved a lot.”

     

    Live-in care for the elderly – the alternative to living alone

    For most elderly people the biggest factors influencing their quality of life are firstly whether they can continue living in their own home and secondly whether they are able to enjoy regular daily companionship. Many find that their quality of life takes a distinct turn for the worse, once they lose their spouse or long-term partner and find themselves living alone. Strange as it may seem, the sad fact is that many grown-up children tend to visit their mother or father far less frequently after they have been left on their own than they did when both their parents were alive.

    Loneliness among the elderly can take a heavy toll on both their physical and mental health, yet many view the prospect of moving to a care home with fear and trepidation. Thankfully moving to a care home is not the only option. If your loved one is not keen on the idea of residential care, but is too frail and vulnerable to be continue living safely on their own, why not talk to them about live-in care in their own home? It is the natural alternative to a care home and withlive-in care in their own home, your loved one will never have to worry about feeling lonely again.

    Live-in care – Helping your loved one to stay happy

    With the support of a professionally trained live-in carer from a specialist live-in care provider like Care at Home, thousands of people each year are now able to postpone the fateful decision to move into residential care. Instead they can continue living happily and safely in the comfort and safety of their own home.Live-in care will enable them to enjoy regular daily companionship and maintain their quality of life, while providing their grown up children with the reassurance and peace of mind that their loved one is happy and contented, as well as safe and well cared for.

  4. Home care for the elderly in their own home

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    Home care services

    Many people assume that, once an elderly loved one can no longer cope on their own at home, the only alternative is for them to move to a residential care home. Fortunately this is not the case and increasing numbers of people are discovering the benefits of 24-hour live-in care as an ideal option.

    Advantages of home care for the elderly in their own home

    • Of all the care options available for the elderly, live-in care in their own home is the easiest for them to adjust to, precisely because it saves them from the disruption and heart-ache of having to move out of their own home.
    • Because it offers continuity, live-in care allows them to maintain their normal way of life.
    • The care and companionship provided by live-in care brings peace of mind both to them and to their close family associated with a care home.
    • Instead of having to get used to their personal care needs being attended to by a number of different care staff, they will receive one-to-one care from their own hand-picked carer at the time they choose and in the way they want it.
    • Their carer will cook their favourite meals for them and take care of all the shopping and house-keeping.
    • Both you and other close family members, together with their friends and neighbours, will still be able to drop in on them whenever they like.
    • After no time at all they will form a close relationship with their carer and will soon come to see them as a true friend. They will take pleasure in their companionship and value the fact that there is someone there for them with whom they can enjoy a laugh and share their memories.
    • Their carer will help them get out and about as much as possible and encourage them to remain part of their local community.

    Our home care services

    As  live-in care specialists with over 20 years’ experience, we understand what matters most to the elderly, namely staying in the comfort and security of their own home and enjoying daily companionship.

    Further information

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