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  • 13 Jun 2018
      Caring for elderly family members used to quite simply be the role of the younger family members when our communities were more close-knit than they are today. Elderly parents would often live with their adult children in their homes – it was quite normal and grand children would grow up in the same home as their grand parents. But In today’s changing society the situation is very different because the younger generation have often moved away from where they grew up – they go off to university and then make their homes elsewhere often in a bigger town or city. This may not be through choice as some adults are priced out of their home areas as housing costs have increased drastically in many arts of the UK. Do when different generations of families no longer live in the same area communities are much less united. And if you live a long way from your parents who will care for them when they get older and less able to cope on their own? People are living to a much older age now thanks to medical advances and an awareness of leading a healthy lifestyle – they are much more active than earlier generations – well into their 70's and 80's often. The downside to living a longer life is that these elderly people often require care with everyday tasks. Medically they might be quite well but bodies still get older and are less able to climb the stairs or perform simple tasks like bathing or cooking and cleaning. As well as physical limitations many elderly people suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, which can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to look after themselves. Be pro-active about care options It is a good idea to look into care options sooner rather than later – don't wait until there is a crisis situation when you will have to make a quick decision which may not necessarily be the best decision for your elderly relative. Many illnesses that affect mobility and other functions reveal symptoms and can be diagnosed long before they become a problem so it is possible to plan for care well in advance. And it is certainly possible to raise the issue and have afrank discussion about it with your relative – it's just that most people tend not to. Yet elderly relatives may want to be involved in researching care options – they may not even be aware that there are alternatives to the typical residential care home. How many people, for example, know that you can have a live-in carer come and live in your own home and look after you there? This is called home care or live in care and the people who choose this as a career find that becoming a carer is more rewarding than working in a residential care home. Live-in care or home care means that a person can stay in familiar surroundings, with all their own possessions; they can keep any pets they may have and will remain close to friends and neighbours. They can eat when they like and what they like – sit in their own garden and even work in their own garden if their health is up to it. Live-in care is a little know option but a life-changing one for many elderly people.
    158 Posted by Anna Preston
  • 13 Jun 2018
      The first thing most people assume about caring for the elderly when they can no longer manage on their own is that the main option is a residential care homes. Elderly people often feel they will be “shipped off” to a communal home and have to leave all their valued possessions behind and live their final days in one room. Residential care home can be very nice with lovely communal areas and gardens but nevertheless they are still not the same as your own home with friends and neighbours nearby. And if you have a pet you certainly won't be able to take a pet to a care home. But there is another, increasingly popular option, and that is live-in care of home care as it is sometimes known. Live-in care or homecare is just one of a range of care services available in the UK for old people so it is good to be aware of what all the care options are so when the time comes and you or your elderly relative requires help then the right choice can be made. Residential care homes Care homes are most well-known type of care available in the UK for senior people who need help with the everyday tasks of life. There is a wide range of care homes across the UK varying in size, type and cost so there is something to suit all budgets. Care homes can be a good choice for many people as it provides a type of community with shared activities and being able to eat in communal dining rooms. They may also be the best option for people who need high levels of care, especially when nursing care is required or when there are particular needs such as for dementia sufferers. Live-in care Live-in care or homecare, as it is also known, is a care option that is only just starting to become more widely known although it has been around for many years. One of the main advantages of live-in care is that the person being cared for remains in their family home, which is often a place they have lived for many, many years with all its valued possessions and treasured memories. Live-in care is a suitable option even when someone requires specialist nursing care as the live-in carer can organise other help to come to the house as required. A live-in carer moves into the family home and caters for all care needs but also provides companionship and a sense of security for the elderly person. Those who are becoming a carer as their career are well-trained to offer stability and consistency that can quite simply mean the elderly person is happier and more relaxed and many a firm friendship has been forged with a carer. It is much easier for a live-in carer to know the likes and dislikes of the elderly person as they can focus all their attention on caring for that one person, which is very unlike what happens in care homes.
    142 Posted by Anna Preston
  • 06 Aug 2019
    Find out about an amazing care role you can do that provides great personal benefits, whilst enabling an elderly person to remain in their own home.   Are you looking for the kind of career that makes you feel like you have made a difference in the world? Are you looking for a job that is as challenging as it is rewarding? Would you love to work in the kind of job that enables you to apply your training properly without time constraints or budget issues?   Perhaps it is time to start looking into live-in care.   A live-in carer provides elderly care in the clients home. The level of care provided depends on the support that the client needs. In one job you may be providing basic care and companionship, helping with person tasks and otherwise being on hand for support. In another job you could be accompanying your client whilst they go on holiday, and otherwise provide them with help with personal tasks, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Jobs may be long-term or short-term and you can provide live-in care as part of a rota with another carer (2 weeks on 2 weeks off).   The Benefits For The Client There are many benefits to a client having live-in care. The primary benefit is that they get to live in their own home, rather than moving to a residential home. 97% of people would rather not go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to care for themselves. Receiving care at home means they can stay in the place they love the most. Other benefits include: Companionship - 1.9 million older people in the UK feel ignored or invisible. Having a live-in carer helps to combat loneliness by providing immediate company and supporting mobility and independence. Nutrition and help with cooking Physiotherapy if needed Specialist care for stroke recovery or dementia Safety in the home Peace of mind for the family of the client Being able to stay with a partner Being able to keep a pet   There are many more benefits, and often ones that surprise you with every new client who has their own individual needs for live-in care.   The Benefits For You Being a live-in care is incredibly rewarding and you are making a huge difference to your clients life by supporting them at home. Other benefits of being a live-in carer include:   Saving money on household bills whilst you live in the home of your client Free and frequent training from your live-in care agency Often there is no need for qualifications to get the job (you won't be placed until you have been trained) Great pay The opportunity to travel (in some jobs) A good opportunity to apply the skills you have been taught without time restrictions or budget restrictions   There are many more benefits to being a live-in carer, many of which you find out for yourself during your placements. How To Get A Job In Live-in Care Do some research and have a look at the pay, the type of tasks you will need to do, and the type of person you need to be to be great at this kind of job. Not just anyone can be a carer, you have to be very special and very compassionate, with a real need to make a difference in a person's life. If you are already a carer in a residential home, then moving into live-in care could be an amazing next step for you. Take a look at live-in care and how it could benefit you and those you work with. It could be the best career decision you ever make.
    128 Posted by Anna Preston
  • 13 Jun 2018
      It is understandable that many people worry about how they will manage both physically and financially as they get older. Nobody wants to be living in poverty in their old age and most of us would like to think we will be able to leave something to our children when we go. But with so many people living longer because of medical advances the cost of care for elderly people is now becoming a big issue that everyone should be aware of so that they can plan ahead for the costs (and also so they can be involved in the decision making on the type of care they would prefer). There are many options to funding care in old age and in the UK the government will pay for care if you do not have the means to do so yourself. But is you do have a significant amount of savings or a valuable home then you really should plan ahead for the cost of care. Choose the care option that is best for you Before you can start to plan for how you will pay for care you need to know what care option will suit you best. Although residential care homes are the most common option there is growing awareness of another option: live-in care or homecare, according to The Live-in Care Hub. With the growing awareness of live-in care more and more people are choosing this for themselves or for an elderly relative as an option where the person needing care can stay in familiar surroundings and have the consistency of the same one or two carers all the time. It is also a more rewarding role for those becoming a carer. Take advice Once you now what care option will be most suitable you can then plan for the financial side – and there are certainly financial challenges caring for the elderly so it pays to be prepared. Some people choose to get some advice from an independent financial adviser (IFA) if they already know one they trust. An IFA can help you create a payment plan for privately funding (self-funding) care in a simple and straightforward way. Be prepared The average cost of care for an elderly person can vary enormously. It not only depends on the level of care you might need but also on the type of care and even the area where you live. So investigate your options and compare your options once you have made a decision about the type of care you might need and how much you can afford to pay. Many people are shocked by how expensive the actual cost of elderly care is but it is better to know now and have some time to plan and prepare than leave it until the last minute. Some people will have to use savings and/or income to pay for elderly care and some may consider selling their home but this is a serious step and not one to take lightly. Government support If you do not have much in the way of savings and either don't own a property or still have a partner living there then the state will pay for your care. But state-funded care limits your choices of type and style of care and it is unlikely that state-funded care would offer the option of live-in care.
    104 Posted by Anna Preston
Health 41 views Aug 06, 2019
Signs of mobility issues in the elderly

Slowing down is a natural part of ageing – so how do you know the difference between what’s normal and when there’s a real issue with mobility?

 

Getting old inevitably means muscles and joints don’t work as well as they used to. It’s natural to take longer to walk to the shops, or to find carrying the shopping back again a little harder. One of the best ways to avoid mobility issues is to keep active for as long as possible, which can also help improve mental health and help retain independence, but sometimes nature has other ideas and conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease and obesity can make moving around difficult.


Causes of mobility problems

According to Live-in Care Hub one of the biggest causes of mobility problems is falling. Falls can result in broken bones, more common in the elderly as bone density decreases with age, and loss of confidence which in turn can reduce mobility and compound the problem. Even minor slips and stumbles can shake an elderly person’s confidence in themselves.

 

Heart disease can be another reason older people don’t move around as much. If activity brings on angina, breathlessness or a racing pulse the sufferer may start to be less mobile, especially out of the home.

 

Obesity can sometimes cause issues with mobility, with fat deposits making it harder for muscles to work. Not all obesity is caused simply by poor diet – diabetes, a common complaint in later years, can make the body stockpile fat reserves.


Signs to look out for

Mobility problems can occur instantly – as the result of a fall for example, or can gradually become apparent. If you are caring for an elderly person it can be important to take time regularly to assess their  needs, and arrange the appropriate homecare services  to support their independence.

Signs to watch out for include:

  • taking longer to answer the door
  • a lack of fresh food in the house
  • not seeing friends or attending clubs for several days, missing appointments
  • standards of housework or tidiness deteriorating
  • finding it harder to stand up or sitting down unsteadily
  • having difficulties with stairs, even just in one direction
  • finding it hard to balance when walking, appearing unsteady

 

What should I do if I notice a problem?

Mobility issues can lead to reduced mobility which can lead to further mobility problems. It is important that the issue is brought to the attention of the doctor caring for the elderly person. Some medications can cause balance problems, and if the symptoms are identified the dose can be altered or medication changed to avoid the problem getting worse.

Encouraging movement can help strengthen muscles and improve balance. Suggest a walk in the garden or park. A good way to get exercise is to go swimming or attend an aquafit class – some areas have specialist sessions for older swimmers where the water is warmer and the atmosphere is calmer.

Ensure trip hazards are removed from the home to guard against falls. Dementia sufferers can have problems with spatial awareness to make sure you keep doors clear and take up rugs.