Mum has a fall and everything changes.
If you have older family members, you may have lived through this experience or one like it. Home care can make all the difference when something like this happens and help to prevent a crisis such as a fall or wandering out of the house from happening.
Home care can be a vital lifeline. Read Ann’s story:
Ann is a spritely 93-year-old who lives with her husband in their own home. Ann’s husband, Jim, has early-stage dementia and she has been his primary carer. She cooks the meals, does the housework and still drives to the shops for groceries. Ann gets a simple cold which then turns into pneumonia. Ann is hospitalised for two nights and receives IV antibiotics and fluids since she is also dehydrated. When she goes home, Jim is completely overwhelmed with the task of taking care of her. Ann’s daughter decides it is time for home care to help them. She makes enquiries to arrange 24-hour care. The Carer reminds Ann to do her breathing exercises, encourages her to drink water and makes nutritious meals. Having care for Ann speeds up her recovery while also keeping Jim happy and healthy.
There is so much that Home Care Carers do that is vital for the support of those wanting to maintain their independence including:
In-Home Aged care services can assist with isolation and loneliness, these are recognised as an increasingly serious and growing problem for older Australians. There are lots of aged care services in the gold coast, Our In-Home Carers can provide stimulating conversation and help encourage outside socialisation. They can also be a nurturing and supply comforting companionship and re-instil meaning and purpose in life. Not all client family carers are able to be there to support or provide companionship to an ageing family member. The option of an in-home Carer can relieve the burden for families and provide respite & support to those who still want to help their loved ones and can be there every day to help in this.
In-Home Aged care services can assist with Nutrition and hydration that are critical to health and recovery. Eating healthy food with adequate energy and protein is important to maintain muscle mass & strength, it also helps reduce the risk of muscle wasting, frailty and fall related injury. Poor nutrition has also been implicated in slower recovery from illness and an increase in hospitalisation. In-home carers can shop for food and prepare meals. They can also reinforce and track any special dietary requirements. Dehydration is a serious problem that can result in more frequent hospitalisations. Older people may not recognise when they are thirsty. Fluid requirements are different for everybody. Fluid is not just water! Fluid includes Tea, Coffee, Milk, Juice, Cordial, Jelly, Ice cream, Soup.
Encouragement of regular sips of fluids throughout the day is recommended to decrease the risk of developing a Urinary Tract Infection and the risk of constipation
Make every mouthful count, provide high protein high energy meals three times a day that are rich in meat/ dairy/ legumes encourage fluids and offer them frequently
Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. For example, as you get older, your heart can’t beat as fast during physical activity or times of stress as it did when you were younger. However, the number of heart beats per minute (heart rate) at rest does not change significantly with normal aging. Supporting seniors in light exercise and healthy eating can benefit their overall heart and lung health. Carers can also encourage deep breathing to prevent pneumonia and in some cases, check blood pressure The most common aging change is increased stiffness of the large arteries or hardening of the arteries. This causes high blood pressure, or hypertension, which becomes more common as we age. There are many steps you can take to keep your heart healthy.
Try to be more physically active. Talk with your doctor about the type of activities that would be best for you. If possible, aim to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Every day is best. It doesn’t have to be done all at once.
Start by doing activities you enjoy, look for aged care services gold coast area where you can enjoy brisk walking, dancing, bowling, bicycling, or gardening, for example. Avoid spending hours every day sitting.
In-Home Aged care services can assist with transportation This is a significant challenge for many older people. Most of us know of an older person who continues to drive, despite feeling that this may no longer be the best choice. Although it is hard to give up driving, having an alternative can make the decision easier. In-Home Carers can provide this valuable service, to help older adults use transportation services to access needed services and to maintain their dignity, independence, and ties to aged care gold coast communities whether it is to attend important appointments or for socialising.
We all age and some may experience being physical limited by an accident or injury and may need help with bathing, combing hair, brushing teeth, and getting dressed. Because these are private activities, people may not want help. They may feel embarrassed about being naked in front of caregivers. They also may feel angry about not being able to care for themselves. Helping someone take a bath or shower can be one of the hardest things you do. Planning can help make bath time better for both of you. If the person is afraid of bathing, follow his or her lifelong bathing habits, such as doing the bath or shower in the morning or before going to bed. In-Home Carers can keep you safe during bath time by Never leaving you alone in the tub or shower, always checking the water temperature before you get in the tub or shower, Using a hand-held showerhead. Using a rubber bathmat and safety bars in the tub or using a sturdy shower chair to support a person who is unsteady and to prevent falls.
Get professional help with bathing if it becomes too hard for you to do on your own.
Older people will often need more time to dress. It can be hard for them to choose their clothes. They might wear the wrong clothing for the season. They also might wear colours that don’t go together or forget to put on a piece of clothing. In-Home Carers can help by laying out clothes in the order the person should put them on, such as underwear first, then pants, then a shirt, and then a sweater, hand the person one thing at a time, or give step-by-step dressing instructions. In-home Carers can also help someone transfer from the bed to the toilet. Whatever the task, home care for the elderly bridges the gap that is often needed in order to offer safety and support in a familiar environment.
As people age, they decline functionally and cognitively. This decline, as you age, appears to be an accepted norm, but it shouldn’t be. There should not be an expectation that people ageing will deteriorate or that it is a waste of time doing anything to prevent further deterioration. An In-Home Carer can help reinforce and encourage light exercise and organise physical therapy activities. Movement after illness or surgery is critical to healing. improving balance and strength can prevent falls in older adults, but less than 10% of us regularly engage in any kind of strength training and balance. Physiotherapy and aged care services gold coast get people on the right track but in most cases, there is an expectation of in-home activity and exercise by the individual. An In-Home Carer can monitor those exercises to make certain they are done safely and adequately to ensure positive progress.
As people age, they often become less able to care for themselves and have poorer mobility, which affects their ability to access care. Recovery is focused on helping you recover, maintain, or improve your active daily living capabilities and getting back to your previous level of functionality. Recovery in older adults generally takes longer and other co-occurring medical conditions can complicate the rehabilitation process. An In-Home Carer can be invaluable support in maximising independence and quality of life for recovery in any number of situations including hospitalisation, an illness, a rehab stay or general decline that results in frailty. A good care plan developed by the Home Care Assistance Gold Coast Care Team with feedback from the family and individual can encourage a safe rehabilitation journey to recovery
Our focus is on creating close, trusted relationships with Gold Coast families and designing personalised plans that evolve to meet the needs of everyone over time. Paying for personalised care can be more affordable than you think!
Personal care and assistance can be covered under government programmes such as Home Care Packages, NDIS & Commonwealth Health Support Program (CHSP). Please note, there may be a gap and small contribution to pay, as the Australian Government may not fund the full cost of the program.
Call Home Care Assistance Gold Coast today to discuss how we can work with your family’s budget to deliver a complete plan of services to suit.
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