Home Care All Over The World [Infographic]

To optimise the home healthcare system, it’s definitely imperative to allow elders to access their healthcare services from their own homes.

The internet makes it quicker and easier to allow elders to communicate with their healthcare providers and get reminders about their checkups.

Meanwhile, our governments are turning a blind eye with our elders’ needs. About 48% of elders do not get any assistance for their physical limitations.

There’s more that needs to be done for our elders. Check this infographic and see for yourself.

Why I Chose Home Care for My Mother

urlMy mother is not the youngest of spirits. She is currently 72 years old. Not too old. Not too young. She suffers from a sore hip. Nothing too bad, but it can be a small nuisance in her day to day life. Last year, my father past away. RIP Dad. He was a great man and with my Mum for nearly 47 years. A long time in anyones book.

At that time myself and my family had a decision. Would we leave my mum as she was? Hire the local home care corby company to assist her? Or try the local residential care home? It was a tough decision.

My wife and my older child thought it through with me. We added up the options. Tried to list the benefits of each one, tally them up. Tallying up the negatives. Eventually, after sleeping on it for a while. We collaboratively came to the decision to try the home care agency.

(Now we know it was the right decision!)

Here is what made up our mind and why it remained to be a good decision after all.

The agency provide a home care daventry service where they provide regular assistance visits to the elderly without making them feel incapable of doing tasks themselves. It’s simply an extra pair of hands to assist them with their day to day activities.

For my mother, she has help with:

  • Preparing meals
  • General household chores
  • Going out to places such as the hairdressers
  • Buying in shopping for the house
  • and anything else that may come up during her care visits

It is a wonderful service and has allowed her to live at home feeling great about herself. Which is completely deserved after being a wonderful wife and mother for so many years.

From my Mum’s point of view, the biggest benefit is she retains her independence. She does admit she would be lost without the extra assistance now and it is exactly what she needed. I am thankful we did not take her responsibility for herself and the independence that comes with that away from her.

So I ask you. Have you chosen a type of senior care for your parents? What did you choose? If not, have you thought about what you will do when it comes down to it?

Residential Care vs Domiciliary Care: Best Option for Dementia Sufferers

It is a very difficult decision to choose what is the best care option for your parents or family that suffer from dementia. Part of you and most likely at the beginning you may wish to take on the responsibility yourself, but you must remember it isn’t so simple. If you have a career; children; or really any other activities you enjoy occupying your time with, you will struggle.

Now at the beginning it is fairly easy. The care is easy and infrequent. Just make a habit of regularly visiting them and it will be fine. But it doesn’t stay like that forever and at some point you will probably find it easier to get professional care.

The big debate is though, should you get a domiciliary carer or use a residential care home? (more…)

Essential Caregiver Traits in Caring for Dementia Patients

Dementia CareCaring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be quite challenging. The steady and consistent change that the dementia patient undergoes is neither manageable nor curable. The degenerative process of the brain just cannot be contained. As such, essential traits of caregiver should be stable and consistent. In fact, the trait that the caregiver should have arises from the basic understanding of the disease process. When the caregiver understands the disease process, only then will he or she be able to manifest the essential skills and values needed in effectively caring for the dementia patient. Here are the following values you should look and find in caregivers at St Johns Wood care agency:

The ability to emphatize. As mentioned earlier, empathy is developed when the caregiver understands that it is frustrating for the dementia patient to recall what he or she is about to say. The ability to put one’s self in the shoes of the patient is to understand how it feels to have the condition. It is being able to understand the behaviors that the patient manifest as something that he or she has no control of and should not be blamed.

Patience. Not all people who are in the care giving industry are capable of exhibiting patience. Some may exhibit patience when being observed but behave otherwise when no one is around. Being patient is not about waiting patiently when the dementia patient can stand or abide to instructions. Patience is exhibited through efficient communication and skillful handling of any given situations relating to the care of the dementia patient. When looking for bluebird care in london, look for someone who is passionate about his work and is mindful of the needs of others.

Reliable. A caregiver that is reliable arrives on time and usually extends her time whenever necessary in order to ensure that her ward is being seen to by the next person assigned. Reliability comes from the value of being responsible for the tasks assigned to her. When an individual values responsibility, he automatically exhibits reliance in everything he does. Being responsible is synonymous with the caregiver’s accountability with the care plan of the dementia patient. Full understanding of the responsibility expected from him means being accountable for the tasks assigned to him.

Flexibility. This trait should come hand in hand with reliability. A caregiver that is reliable should be adaptable to any given situation. He should not expect the same level of understanding with the previous patient he has simply because he understands that each case is unique.

Endurance and Consistency. For families who have experienced a number of transitions from one caregiver to the next, this may be one of the difficult trait to find. After some time, an individual may feel burnt out especially if he attends to a series of dementia patients in a day. A person’s endurance and consistency in providing care should be carefully evaluated by the immediate supervisor. A realistic projection and implementation should ensue as to how many patients a caregiver should attend to in a day without draining so much of the caregiver’s strength.

Useful Tips for Caring for Seniors

Came across a great little video about caring for seniors. Mostly aimed at those of you with parents or family in need of health care.

Take a look at the video:

Great points raised in the video, I very much recommend watching it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.