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Health 990 views Sep 26, 2018
Professional Elderly Care At Home - A Positive Effect on Mental

Depression and lack of motivation can be serious problems for older people to deal with. And whilst it may not be possible to prevent feelings of frustration, worthlessness and anxiety there are many ways in which home care services can provide support and improve your outlook.

Mr Motivator

Your home help may not come dressed in lycra but they can still provide you with the motivation to get out and about. If confidence in your abilities is lacking, perhaps because you have fallen or are anxious, they can provide companionship and assistance so that you can continue to enjoy your garden and meet your friends. This, in turn, can have a positive effect on your mood and stave off depression.

Familiarity

Many older people find themselves getting confused in new situations. This can be especially acute if they are suffering from dementia. Moving into a care home, assisted living or your son’s spare bedroom can be a surprisingly difficult move to make. You will need to get used to a different layout of furniture and facilities,  a different routine and different people. Perhaps the biggest advantage of employing a live in care assistant is that you don’t need to make that move. You can continue to live in the same home, with the same décor and meet with the same friends as you did when you were more able to care for yourself.

Companionship

Having someone around has a soothing effect on most people. If you are living alone it can have a positive effect on your mental state to have someone there who you know is looking out for you. They will take on the burden of housework and cooking so you no longer need to worry about when you last dusted the ornaments or what you should eat for tea.

And of course, perhaps most importantly, they will always be there to sit down with a cup of tea and have a chat. It is important to talk about how you feel. Bottling up emotions allows them to fester and strengthen. Your carer will always have time to sit down and listen to you.

Specialist Dementia Care

If you are in the early stages of dementia you may not require much in way of personal care – you may still be pretty fit and healthy physically. A live-in carer will be able to provide you with the precise level of support that you do require – whether that is reminding to take medication or ensuring that you do not have an accident when cooking.

Moving to a care home can be a big shock to the system, even more so if you have dementia. In fact the trauma caused by leaving your familiar surroundings can be so great that it can cause a massive worsening of your condition. Employing a specialist dementia carer to live-in will avoid such a huge upheaval and can ensure your dementia does not suddenly worsen.


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