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The benefits of a live-in caregiver for people with reduced mobility

Julie Lord
 


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Ageing can mean a reduction in mobility. Many conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, stroke or heart disease impact on a person’s ability to get around, which in turn can lead to a further decrease in mobility and depression.

There are many reasons why in home caremay be the best choice for your family, including the benefits it offers in managing you or your loved one’s condition.

Always on hand

If you opt for live in careyou can always be sure that there will be someone present and able to assist at any time of day or night. Having reduced mobility covers a wide range of abilities from being unable to walk 50m to needing assistance to get across the room, out of bed or when using the toilet. Whatever restrictions on mobility you or your relative face you won’t have to face waiting for a call button to be answered before assistance comes.

Reduced risk of falling

Having assistance on hand whenever it is needed also reduces the risk of taking a tumble. Falls are one of the biggest reasons that older people are admitted to hospital through the accident and emergency department, and complications caused by being in hospital or a further reduction in mobility mean that some falls can prove to be fatal.

Decreased risk of depression

When getting around is difficult it can be hard to get up enthusiasm for life. Depression is common in the elderly and is often coupled to worsening of chronic conditions. Simply having companionship throughout the day may be enough to stave off depression for some people, for others knowing that there is a non-family member who they can talk to and express their feelings to can help.

Travelling

Reduced mobility doesn’t imply a reduction in a person’s social life or lifestyle. Provided a suitable and willing carer is employed all that is needed is a bit more planning. Unless there are other medical conditions that preclude travelling, if an older person wishes to see the world (or at least visit further away family members) then their ability to get around shouldn’t be a barrier to actually getting around.

Consistency of care

We all have our likes and dislikes but if asked to list them all we would undoubtedly forget some or find others impossible to describe. Having home care means having the same carer or two providing care which means they can build a relationship and learn you or your loved one’s preferences.

Being cared for by someone who knows instantly how to make the perfect cup of tea, where you like to put a grabber, even which arm you’d rather be offered when getting up from a chair can make a huge difference to the quality of life an older person enjoys which is why those looking for live in care jobs are in high demand. These may seem like small issues but having to remind a succession of different non in home care providers can gradually erode a person’s sense of individuality and self-worth.

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