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LIVE-IN CARE 2024 – Worried about a parent or other elderly loved one after a recent visit?

Worried about a parent or other elderly loved one after a recent visit? What are the signs that care for the elderly is needed?

It’s amazing how much can change with an elderly parent, relative or close family friend between your visits. If you spent time with them recently, did you come away feeling they were just not coping on their own and that they might be better off in a care home, where they would receive the full-time support they need? But what if they don’t want to move from their home? In this situation the best option for them could well be live-in care in their own home.

Live-in care is where a professional carer lives 24/7 with your parent or other relative and offers them round-the-clock care, support and companionship. Live-in care can be for just one person, or it can be for a couple. Chesterford Homecare has been keeping people in their homes, with their spouses and pets, for nearly 10 years now. If you are worried about your loved-one, then give us a call and we can talk you through all your options, and help you decide if the time has now come to consider live-in care.

There are certain signs to look out for, which you may all have already noticed, indications that it’s time to seek professional advice. A conversation with us does not mean you are obligated – but we do recommend you explore your options sooner rather than later if any of the points below resonate with you.

The primary carer is stressed or burnt-out

Acting as a primary carer, whether as the spouse or partner, or the son or daughter of a person needing care, can be very demanding, stressful and exhausting. We see a lot of clients’ spouses neglecting their own health and welfare while providing full-time care for their loved one. Live-in care can relieve the burden from the primary carer – providing peace of mind for everyone.  Before relationships become strained, or caring leads to ill-health or burn-out, have a chat with us to see how we can help.

Changes to mobility

Has your loved one started sleeping in a chair in front of the TV rather than going to bed, or are they struggling to get dressed in the morning? Difficulties in getting in and out of bed, or taking a bath or a shower, or not being able to walk round the house unaided are good indications that it would be safer for them to have proper professional support in the form of a live-in carer.

Falls and injuries

Living independently can become increasingly difficult in later life, as we lose strength, balance and dexterity. Simple chores like cooking and cleaning add risk of injury, as does having to navigate stairs, steps and uneven floors. If your loved one has had a fall, or if you notice burns, bruises or scrapes suddenly appearing, then it might be time to consider some additional support.

Personal hygiene slipping

It is a difficult but important conversation to have with a loved one if you notice their hygiene habits have started to slip. You will need to ask them how often they are bathing or showering and if they’re starting to struggle.

Being unable to get to the toilet on time or waking up in wet sheets are further strong indicators that your loved one would benefit from help. If they are having more and more accidents because of decreased mobility or continence issues, then having a live-in carer on hand 24/7 is a way to help them keep their dignity and independence.

House and garden being neglected

Compared to how it used to be, is the house beginning to look a mess? Is no dusting or hoovering being done, are the dishes stacking up in the sink and food going off in the fridge? Is the grass on the lawn a foot tall and the flower-beds overgrown with weeds? These are clear and obvious signs that your loved one is beginning to struggle to keep on top of everything.

Food and medication

If you notice your loved one is not eating as they used to, or that their medicines are piling up unopened, these are very serious signs that help is needed. Forgetting to eat, being unable to prepare hot food and losing track of medication can all have serious consequences and lead to other major issues.

Live-in carer

A live-in carer can not only shop and collect prescriptions, they can also prepare proper meals and ensure that medication is taken regularly. Some of our clients even regain the confidence to invite friends round for meals – with their carer taking care of the cooking and clearing up. This social aspect is just one more of the benefits of live-in care.

Recognising when is the right time to consider additional care for a loved one and then taking action is a difficult decision, but live-in care is a solution that will allow your loved one to remain in their own home, rather than suffering the upheaval of moving into residential care. In our experience, remaining at home in familiar surroundings is far better for our clients’ physical and emotional wellbeing. It can often be a blessing for their families as well in that it relieves them of a huge burden of worry and stress.

If any of the above signs seem familiar to you, then please get in touch. We can help assess what your loved one needs, and if they don’t need help now, we will tell you. At the same time as feeling reassured, you will have gained an understanding of how live-in care works and know who to call when the time is right. We have been delivering high-quality live-in care for nearly 10 years now in Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and we are always happy to help in any way we can to ensure that as many older people as possible can remain happy, healthy and safe in their own home. Click Live-in care and how to pay – homecare.co.uk advice to learn about the price and what Live-in care is. Click Contact Chesterford Homecare to arrange a free quote.

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