Independent again: How live-in care professionals help seniors thrive

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Imagine being stuck in hospital or having to move into a care home against your wishes. For seniors in this situation, it can feel like their freedom has been taken away. Sadly, this is a challenge many older people and their families must face.  

For some, even getting into a care home is difficult. Based on a report from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), 85.7% of beds in care homes were occupied as of last February.  

But there’s another solution that offers high-quality healthcare along with independence for the elderly – live-in care. This approach allows individuals to continue living where they feel the most comfortable with the professional support they need to thrive.  

The benefits of remaining independent   

For an elderly citizen with an illness or impairment, the ability to live in their own home is transformative. It’s an environment they’re familiar with, and often a place full of memories they want to remain close to.  

Remaining in a comfortable space that provides emotional security unlocks other advantages:   

  • A more active lifestyle that promotes physical and mental health.  
  • Improved self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. 
  • A rewarding social life.  
  • The dignity that comes with living life on their own terms.  
  • Control over their personal space.  
  • A better setting for family engagement.  

All these benefits add up to a quality of life seniors can’t experience if they’re stuck in a hospital or care home. Unfortunately, for those with illnesses or disabilities, achieving this on their own isn’t a possibility. That’s why live-in care for seniors is so invaluable.  

How live-in care promotes independence for the elderly  

Live-in care involves a professional carer living with someone 24/7 and providing a wide range of support services. This includes health management, housekeeping, and companionship. In these situations, a live-in care professional is in the best position to create a balance between support and independence.  

Developing a meaningful relationship 

One of the biggest advantages of live-in care is that it’s personalised. A care professional is matched with a client based on their care experience, medical knowledge, and personality. This sets the stage for a strong relationship between the carer and senior – and this bond can foster independence and mental wellbeing.  

Companionship is vital for elders suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. The nature of these conditions makes trust and familiarity crucial. Once a strong bond has been established, an elderly person feels more comfortable and confident with their daily routine.   

A good relationship also helps reduce loneliness. Simply by listening and offering encouragement, care professionals can create an environment where seniors feel empowered to make decisions and live the way they want. This could mean pursuing hobbies, reaching out to friends, or becoming more involved in the community.  

Developing an independent home life  

A live-in care professional’s constant presence in the home helps establish independence for the elderly. By creating a routine, mitigating risks, and finding creative ways of doing things, a carer helps their client enjoy a fulfilling day-to-day life.  

  • A safe environment – A live-in care professional ensures their clients can easily navigate their home safely. This aids mobility and makes it easier for a senior to perform daily tasks and activities. Carers also make modifications that help prevent falls and make the living space as convenient as possible.  
  • A reliable schedule – A daily routine is essential for many seniors suffering from illnesses or physical impairments. Predictability can ease anxiety, make life more comfortable, and give an elder something to look forward to each day. A live-in carer can help create a schedule, giving their client the decision-making power to do what they want, when they want to. 
  • Getting innovative – Sometimes an elderly person has the motivation to live independently but is restricted by physical impairments. In these cases, a live-in carer can work with them to discover new, fun ways to do things. Setting up a space where their clients can complete chores while sitting or assisting them with helpful technology will create a more productive, interesting life.  
  • A little encouragement goes a long way – It can be difficult for seniors to take the first step toward an independent life at home. A live-in care professional can make the transition easier by providing emotional support and the encouragement they need to take control of their life. Plus, they provide 24/7 support and companionship, which is a huge confidence booster.  

A Locality Manager will quickly assess a person’s living space, health requirements, and goals to determine which steps to take. Once a care plan is in place, their senior client will be able to start living life how they want in the place that makes them happiest.  

Promoting independence in the community  

Working towards autonomy in the home is a significant step toward independence for the elderly. Once this is established, a live-in care professional can support an engaging social life in the community. For many seniors, this is key to their happiness and fulfilment.  

Let’s look at ways a carer can help an elderly person get active and more involved. 

  • Assistance during outings – Completing everyday tasks like grocery shopping or other errands can be difficult or unsafe for seniors suffering from disabilities. A live-in carer provides the necessary assistance so their client can continue to do these things without risk of injury.  
  • Social independence – With the support of a care professional, seniors can set a weekly schedule that allows them to see friends and pursue interests outside the house. Programs and clubs at local community centres offer seniors a chance to engage with others and participate in activities that interest them. Their live-in carer will be there to ensure they have everything they need.    
  • Instilling confidence – The physical and mental challenges related to old age or illness often make independent living intimidating. Seniors in this situation may feel like staying home is their only option, which leads to loneliness and isolation. The support and encouragement of a live-in care professional give elders the confidence they need to enjoy life outside the house. Even a simple walk in the park can drastically improve a person’s mental and physical wellbeing.  

A senior with impairments isn’t the only one who benefits from care support in the community. Their families get the peace of mind that a professional is there to look after their loved ones as they enjoy life outside the home.  

Enjoy freedom and security with dedicated live-in care 

If you or a family member needs 24/7 care at home, Noble Live-in Care is ready to help. We’ll match you with a care professional who’ll provide personalised support and companionship. We make independence for the elderly a reality.  

Get started today.  

 

 

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