Find out how care at home can help you if you are struggling with mobility issues, aiding your independence and much more.
According to a study in the media last year, by 2047, 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 6 men aged over 65 will suffer from physical disabilities. Many different mobility issues can affect a person in their later years and those mobility problems can limit a person’s ability to perform daily tasks in and out of the home. Even simply getting older can be a cause of reduced mobility in some, which can cause the same daily restrictions in the ability to complete day-to-day tasks.
For those suffering from reduced mobility, day-to-day living can become a real challenge. Personal tasks like washing and going to the toilet may become difficult. Getting out to do shopping or to run errands like picking up medication may also become difficult so it can be very easy to quickly become isolated.
If you are struggling with mobility issues, it might be time to think about elderly care options available to you.
Physical Disabilities Associated With Old Age
As we age, our strength and energy levels will naturally reduce. If restricted mobility is also a factor then the challenges are much greater. The problems surrounding struggling with mobility can of course vary hugely in people of the same age, with some people being relatively active and others reliant on aids to stay mobile. Some people may even find they are restricted to a wheelchair, or even to their bed.
It becomes a major concern when cooking, cleaning, personal care and loneliness all become problems as a consequence. Sometimes family and friends may notice before you are willing to admit it, because naturally, most of us fight to retain our independence, especially if we think loss of mobility will inevitably mean ending up in a care home.
But that isn’t the only option – admitting you need help doesn’t mean you have to leave your own home or giving up the independence you do have. It doesn’t mean you have to go into an elderly care home. There are other care options out there for you, which can help you in your home, but the first step is admitting that you need help.
In-home care or live-in care, although popular, is still a relatively unknown part of the care system here in the UK. One reason for this may be the assumption that it is unaffordable for most, yet it is actually comparable to the cost of a care home place. So it can be a viable choice for many people.
It is also important that you understand what financial help you are entitled to, especially since another recent media report highlighted how people in receipt of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) were unaware that they needed to fill in a new form to get their full allowance. Having your own carer close at hand who knows all about the latest developments with regard to both good caring practise and the practical aspects such as benefits payments, could avoid such an issue arising.
How A Live-in Carer Can Help
Home care is an excellent choice for elderly people struggling with mobility issues because you get the help you need, as and when you need it, without having to move away from the place you love the most.
Your carer will do as little or as much as you want them to. They can provide help with personal care, household tasks, pet care and can even accompany you on hospital and GP visits. Your care plan is tailor-made to suit your needs, including helping you be as mobile as possible, and helping you be as independent as possible.