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Care At Home: Why It’s Better For Your Health And Well-Being

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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:

Safety

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.

Home Maintenance

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.

Activity

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.

Nursing

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.

Avoiding Loneliness

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 hello@liveincarehub.co.uk

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Live in care is a great alternative to a residential home and the points above show some of the reasons why.

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Good point about loneliness and a useful link to the Campaign to End Loneliness website. Lots of useful info there too – should make us all sit up and take notice of the problem of social isolation among elderly people.

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It’s interesting to read some of the benefits of Live-in Care, Great article.

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    Thanks Mitch – always good to remind people of the real health and well-being benefits of live-in care. It’s not just about staying in the familiar surroundings of your own home but we also know from evidence that the risk of falls is lower in your own home with a live-in carer. When a carer lives with you their time is dedicated to you, all the time, which is so unlike the situation in a care home where one carer is responsible for many people.

    This means that your carer will encourage you to take part in activities in your community if you are able, they will encourage you to be as active as possible and do any exercises recommended by a physiotherapist. A live-in carer will ensure you look smart and well-groomed, help you choose favourite clothes. Meals will be cooked how you like them and you can eat when you want to – again so unlike the situation in a care home.

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All those things that a live-in carer can help with also help avoid loneliness. Getting people out and about or just having someone to watch TV with. Plenty if people are lonely in care homes even when surrounded by other people

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