What Is Elderly Care?
Simply put, elderly care is a support service catered specifically for the needs of senior citizens in their own home. It is designed with the purpose of enabling its elderly patrons to live as independently as they are able to, with varying levels of help from care support assistants.
With a focus on respect and dignity, care agencies enable the elderly to remain in their own homes, maintaining as much of their routine as possible, with the added assistance of elderly care support.
Ensuring Continued Independence
As the strain and emotional distress of relocating to a residential home can often have a drastic effect on older people, more and more families are turning to elderly care as a viable solution.
The importance of maintaining individuality and independence can be vital, with the comfort found in both people’s own routine and the familiarity of their own home seen as greatly beneficial.
For those living with dementia, the personalised service of one-to-one elderly care is something that even the better residential alternatives struggle to provide, as bonds of understanding and comprehension are developed through familiarity and routine.
The benefit on the surrounding family is also evident, as loved ones are free to visit as frequently as they wish to, stay for as long as they can and even help out with household chores such as cooking and cleaning. For those who are unable to look after their elderly relatives full-time, this can be of great solace.
Elderly couples who struggle with maintaining their standard of living are able to stay with one another for longer, in the home they have built together, with elderly care, allowing them both the dignity and privacy they deserve.
Enabling Personal Care
Each person has different requirements for an elderly carer. Whereas some might just need help with dressing, bathing or washing, others may need support with varying household tasks, such as laundry and shopping.
Medical needs are also considered: care workers are able to support any medication that is required, as well as a nurse-led service that is able to administer more complex medical attention, such as ventilators or insulin.
With a system catered to the needs of the individual, a care agency is able to provide the exact assistance required for each person.
This enables those with minimal needs to continue living an independent lifestyle, and those that require more significant assistance to get the exact level of support they require.
Does It Suit My Needs?
Whereas some people thrive in the community setting of a retirement home, others prefer the privacy and comfort of the home in which they already live, and are both settled and comfortable in.
Whether it is the location, the pets that live there with them or even the beloved garden in which they devote so much time, a home can be of great security to the elderly.
With a care assistant, they can continue to live within this environment, with a specifically designed senior care plan catered to their every need.
The amount of care can be increased if necessary when required, and an essential continuation of independence, dignity and individuality is maintained.
A personalised level of care, with control over daily routines, whilst still enjoying the comforts of your own home is what elderly care assistance can provide, assuring the maximum amount of independence with the required amount of senior assistance.
Camille Leavold is a managing director at the UK based Care agency
, specialising in home care services like elderly day care
, dementia support, learning disability nursing, mental health assistance.