Living with Fragility
The Aging Process
As we get older, it’s almost inevitable that we start to lose strength, agility, mental aptitude and energy. Things that we used to find straightforward, such as bathing, getting dressed, taking the dog for a walk or heading to the shops, gradually become increasingly difficult. And while this can understandably be a source of frustration, it’s a perfectly natural part of the aging process that we need to adapt to.
Reducing The Risk Of Falls At Home
One of the major factors of the aging process is the increased risk of a fall, particularly if you’re living with a long-term health condition. Approximately 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 will have at least one fall a year, and although the chance of serious injury is relatively small, it can often knock a person’s confidence and cause them to feel unsupported and uncertain when alone at home.
There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken around the home to reduce the risk of falls, such as:
- Keeping the house clutter-free and tidying up trailing cables
- Mopping up spillages
- Taking care of your feet and toes, including keeping toenails trimmed
- Receiving assistance with things that are difficult or unsafe to do alone
- Using non-slip mats and rugs
- Ensuring all areas of the house are well lit
- Organising your home in a way that requires a minimal amount of climbing, stretching and bending
Help At Hand With A Live-in Carer
A live-in carer is a full-time carer who provides you with round-the-clock support in your own home, giving you as much independence, routine and flexibility as possible. Live-in carers are a highly practical care option for elderly people who might be struggling with fragility and mobility but want to remain in their familiar, comfortable home environment where they have so many fond memories and are able to enjoy a high quality of life. Live-in carers live with you in your home to provide assistance as and when you require it, day and night, giving both you and your family peace of mind about your health, safety and mental wellbeing.
What Are Their Duties?
Live-in carers can perform a wide range of duties around your house, including but not limited to:
- Companionship and support
- Complex care such as PEG feeding or catheter management
- Household tasks such as laundry, cleaning and tidying up
- Helping you to bathe and dress
- Helping you attend appointments and go shopping
- Preparing meals and ensuring dietary needs are met
The main purpose of a live-in carer is to allow you to live more independently, so the first thing we’ll do is talk to you about your preferences, your routines, your hobbies and your care needs. We’ll then create a package of care that is fully suited to your individual wishes and requirements, and match you with a carer who complements your personality and shares your interests. All of our carers undergo our award-winning training, which equips them to support all your needs
Call Us For Expert Live-in Care Advice Today
If you’d like to discuss our live-in home care services or are just interested in finding out more about what live-in care involves, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly customer care team are available seven days a week on 0330 037 0369, or you can contact us via our website.
Page reviewed by Rebecca Bennett, Regional Clinical Lead on November 30, 2021