Find out about why care at home is better for your health and well-being in comparison to other common forms of care.
eCare in your own home is a type of care that has previously been thought the preserve of a small percentage of the population, but in recent years better information and awareness has meant more people know that it is a viable option for them. Around 300 thousand people at any one time are in residential care homes in the UK and yet, Live-in Care Hub research found that nearly 100% of people would rather not go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to take care of themselves.
So although residential care homes do offer a good choice for later life care, the chances are most people would rather stay in their own homes if they are able to. It isn’t just about preferences either, as there is clear evidence that care at home is better for your health and wellbeing too.
Live-in care is a beneficial option for both the person needing care and their families. It is safe, affordable for many and allows the person to stay in their own home within the community they feel happiest in. Here are some of the key benefits of live-in care when it comes to your health and wellbeing:
When you need support at home, but you live on your own, you may be at risk of falls, issues with medicine schedules and at risk to yourself if you suffer from dementia. Live-in care provides help to stay safe in the home because there is always someone there with you. Live-in carers can also suggest handy home corrections to make your home safer for you.
When you struggle to maintain a clean and tidy home your living environment can degrade, contributing to low moods and sometimes hygiene issues. Most live-in carers provide help with light housework and more cleaning help can usually be arranged if needed.
With a live-in carer, supported activities will be encouraged daily to maintain a good level of health and independence. Help with grooming and personal care is also a part of live-in care. Specialist help like physiotherapy can also be arranged with trained carers. Live-in carers want to help clients be as independent as possible and support them in this aim by both organising activities and attending regular appointments with their client.
Live-in carers with nursing experience can help with the use of medical equipment, and can help with providing specialist nursing care to clients in their own home, if required.
A Healthy Diet
Nutrition can be a real issue when you become elderly, particularly if a person struggles to cook for themselves, or to feed themselves. Live-in carers can ensure that nutritional needs are met and help with tasks like cooking and feeding, helping older people to enjoy a healthy diet.
Loneliness is a huge problem amongst the elderly and live-in care ensures that the client has companionship every single day. Carers will also help clients to maintain relationships with friends, family and neighbours and help encourage attendance to coffee mornings and community events with people of a similar age.
Because loneliness is not just an emotional experience it is also bad for your physical health and increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. That is more of a risk factor than obesity or lack of exercise according to The Campaign To End Loneliness and you can find out more about the impact loneliness can have on health here.
These are just some prime examples of how care at home is better for your health and wellbeing. Of course nursing homes and residential care homes provide support, but it isn’t dedicated, one-to-one support like live-in care. There is also a lot to be said for being able to stay in the place you love the most, avoiding disruption and the stress of change in later life.
For care in the home with a focus on clients living their happiest and healthiest life, look into live-in care today. You can call us or email us for independent advice on 0330 311 2906 or firstname.lastname@example.org