Did you know:
- Over 1 million people aged over 65 in the UK are malnourished or at risk of malnourishment (source: AgeUK)
- 17% of older people in the UK have contact with friends, family or neighbours less than once a week and half of those have contact less than once a month (source: Campaign To End Loneliness)
- A lack of exercise takes a bigger toll on the elderly than on younger people (source: The Journal of Physiology)
These statistics might seem daunting but there is something you can do to help, to make a big difference to at least one elderly person in the UK. You can become a live in carer and be involved in helping older people.
Live in carers are able to make a huge difference in an elderly person’s life, or even in the lives of a couple. If you’re interested in a career in the care sector or you are already moving between carer jobs, here’s how a live-in carer can help an older person:
Boosting Mental Health
Live in carers help their clients to avoid loneliness by keeping them company and by taking them to social events. There is also an emphasis on helping clients maintain independence, to maintain or continue with hobbies, and to stay active, all which help to boost mental health.
Taking The Time To Care
With a live in care job you have the time to care as you want to, rather than having to rush to get jobs done within a tight timeframe as with many residential care jobs. You can have meaningful conversations and actually take your time completing personal care jobs, which ensures your client feels respected and cared for; you really are helping older people.
Helping With Nutrition
A high percentage of elderly people are malnourished because often their diets don’t change despite different nutritional needs as they age. As a live in carer you can provide the correct nutrition to your client.
Boosting Physical Health
You can be involved in helping older people, your clients, maintain independence and good health by helping them to stay physically active. Helping them with physically active hobbies like gardening, along with encouraging various activities like walking and taking part in age-specific exercise classes will be of huge benefit to your client.
Avoiding a Residential Care Home
According to Live-In Care Hub research, 97% of people would not want to move in to a residential care home if they became unable to care for themselves. By providing an affordable alternative to residential care you help people stay in their own homes, in a familiar environment and near everything they have ever known. They get to keep their pets and stay near their neighbours. In some cases you may even be helping couples stay together, as tragically some couples get separated when moving into residential care.
It isn’t hard to see that being a live in carer is an amazing way to help older people to live a fuller life. You are aiding their independence and ensuring their health remains in good shape. Being a live in carer is an incredible career if you really want to make a difference.