What are the signs that a loved one may need live in care?
It can be hard for a loved one to admit they need care, especially if they have always been independent and haven’t had to rely on anyone. However, as we age, we may need support around the home. This could be due to many reasons, including mobility and certain conditions your loved one may be living with.
We understand it can be difficult to see your loved one struggling with their daily tasks at home. However, having 24-hour support with live-in care may be exactly what they need to help maintain their independence at home. If you are still trying to decide if your loved one needs live-in care, here are a few signs to look out for.
They are having frequent falls
As your loved one ages, they may become a little unsteady on their feet, which can lead to falls and serious injuries. If they are living on their own, this can be a severe hazard.
Not only can a live-in carer support your loved one if they have a fall, but they can also prevent these incidents by taking preventive measures. This can include removing trip hazards, ensuring the house is well-lit, and supporting bone health by managing their dietary needs. They can also make sure that your loved one wears suitable footwear. Having a carer at home can definitely make a difference.
The house becomes unsanitary
If you notice that your loved one is unable to keep their home clean and there is an increased amount of clutter, a carer can help to manage this.
Excess clutter around the home is a safety hazard and can lead to trips and falls. Having someone at home to maintain the clutter and keep your loved one’s house clean can help decrease the risk of injuries and infections spreading.
They seem more confused and distressed than usual
As we age, older people can become more confused and distressed, which can be due to different reasons. According to the NHS, dementia or urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be common causes.
If your loved one finds it difficult to remember when to take medication, feels disorientated and confused, you may wish to consider live-in care. Your loved one may not have the capacity to live independently, but having someone by their side can provide them with the support they need to live safely at home.
Neglecting personal care
You may notice your loved one becoming forgetful and neglecting their personal care. Or they may not have the energy to bathe. It is essential to promote good personal hygiene, as it helps prevent illness and the spread of infections. Plus, it is necessary for your loved one’s well-being.
If your loved one doesn’t have the energy to shower, a live-in carer can provide a bed bath to maintain their personal hygiene. Or they may need support with incontinence issues and need their pads changed regularly. You won’t need to worry; our carers are trained to help manage personal care with the dignity and respect your loved one deserves.
Live in care options with Helping Hands
If you notice any of these signs, you should consider live-in care for your loved one. It is best to talk to them before arranging care so they understand the benefits of having care at home. It will ultimately provide your loved one with the companionship and support they need to live an independent lifestyle.
At Helping Hands, we understand how important it is to remain in the comfort of your home, which is why our live-in carers stay with your loved one in a place they feel comfortable and safe. We will design the care package around your loved one’s needs and ensure our carers provide exceptional person-centred.
Our compassionate carers will support your loved one with different aspects of their routine, including cooking, household duties, personal care, mobility, daily errands and much more. Our carers genuinely become true companions for your loved one.
Page reviewed by Carole Kerton-Church, Regional Clinical Lead on January 18, 2023