Home care is on hand to help elderly friends and relatives
Published: Wednesday 8th January 2020
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In a busy world we don’t always get to visit elderly relatives and friends as often as we’d like. So when we do see them – at Christmas or during the holidays – it can be striking how much thinner, frailer or withdrawn they’ve become.
Home care for elderly people
Home care can really help elderly people stay living independently at home.
We’ve been delivering affordable, reliable and flexible home care for more than 30 years. We really understand that value of having someone to help with day-to-day tasks or simply to stop and have a chat.
Reducing loneliness and isolation
Feeling alone and isolated can have a serious effect on your health, leading to depression and a decline in physical health. According to Age UK 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, of whom over 2 million are aged 75+. And 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible.
Having a home care worker come in to see you on a regular basis can make such a difference. Having a cup of tea and chat, being able to listen and share stories – this simple social interaction can be a real lifeline.
Being connected to your community is a vital way to reduce loneliness. Our home care offices have lots of stories about how our staff make a difference …
Tracy – a care worker from our Chippenham office – was concerned one of her ladies was at risk of feeling isolated between her home care visits. Tracy found a local church which holds coffee mornings. She makes time at the end of her visits to drop the lady off at the church and then goes back later to pick her up.
Lillian hadn’t left her house in more than five years. With the perseverance and encouragement of her care workers from our Bridport office, Lillian started to go out to Lyme Regis every Friday to have fish and chips on the seafront. Lillian’s care workers accompanied her in their own time. Friday soon became Lillian’s favourite day of the week.
Being there for mealtimes
Finding your family member has lost weight is worrying, but not unusual. Elderly people living alone often find it hard to motivate themselves to cook nutritious meals. Sometimes, moving heavy saucepans around can be too much for them. Or preparing food and clearing away and washing up afterwards can all seem like too much effort.
Home care is a great way to make sure your elderly friend or relative is eating and drinking properly. Our care workers can prepare meals, clear and tidy the kitchen or simply get shopping done to make sure there are tasty things on hand to eat.
As well as being unable to prepare meals, older people living alone can lose interest in actually eating and drinking enough. Our friendly and professional home care staff are experienced in encouraging people to eat, making sure they’re not going hungry and that they’re well-hydrated.Monitoring medication
As we get older, it can be hard to remember to take medication when we need to. Our home care team can set up a routine of visits that helps your relative remember to take their medication when they need to.
A home care worker can also help with other things that might get forgotten – like attending appointments, or paying bills.
Helping with personal care
Having the confidence and motivation to get washed and dressed, brush teeth and put on clean clothes is fundamental to our personal emotional and physical well-being. But it’s not always as easy as it sounds.
A home care worker can come in every morning to help your relative get out of bed and ready for the day. They can also come back again in the evening to help with the bedtime routine.
We understand that feeling well cared-for makes such a difference. That’s why, for example, members of our Poole home care team bring in essential hair care products in for service users to help them feel extra special.
You or your loved-one may want a care worker on hand all the time. That’s where our cost-effective and personalised live-in care service comes in. It gives you the reassurance and convenience of 24-hour one-to-one live-in support in your own home.
Comfortable and affordable care homes
At Agincare we provide a wide range of care options. As well as home care and live-in care, you can find out more about our residential care homes.