What is Homecare for The Elderly?
As people get older they can find that even daily, basic tasks become increasingly challenging. They feel hesitant about asking someone for support. This is especially the case when they have a comfortable home and prefer living in familiar surroundings. This is where home care comes into the picture.
It helps the elderly maintain their quality of life and independence, even as they get the support and care they need. It helps them live fuller and more content lives and gives them the flexibility to live the life they want to. Professional home care workers have to handle a wide range of responsibilities on a daily basis. Here we take a look at what some of these are.
The nature of home care is quite flexible depending on the person needing it. A certified, skilled and trained care worker can offer excellent support with a variety of everyday activities and tasks. They may also be available to provide 24/7 care, especially if the elderly person needs it at night.
General Duties That Care Workers Fulfil
- Assistance with various household tasks, including cooking, laundry, cleaning etc.
- Assistance supervising or administering medication
- Accompaniment on doctor’s appointments and outings
Sometimes, the elderly person has more complex requirements. In this case, the specialist home care professional would be able to provide the required additional support, such as:
- Stoma care (changing bags)
- Catheter care (monitoring output & changing bags)
- Assistance with ear/eye drops
- Hydration & nutrition help
- Repositioning during night or daytime
- Help with administering medication if the individual is unable to take it themselves
- Help with artificial feeding (PEG)
- Tracheostomy care or oral suctioning
- Supporting the person with breathing aids such as oxygen
- Supporting the elderly person post a brain or spinal injury
- Helping the person manage long term health issues, including Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS or similar degenerative diseases
Homecare Supporting The Elderly
Homecare helps provide excellent support as well as peace of mind the elderly require to continue living their life very comfortably in their home. Nursing specialists can handle specialized home care needs and can build tailored plans to help the elderly with debilitating or degenerative diseases and health conditions.
Some carers also have additional training to support with PEG-gastronomy, continence care,and ventilators. It can be very difficult for the elderly to ask for help, but a good carer will always focus on making the person more comfortable, happy and cared for.