Many families caring for an elderly parent may come to realize their loved one is no longer able to act independently or complete previously manageable tasks. Perhaps they have experienced a physical or mental decline which necessitates 24 hour home care and support.
Seniors who need either home care or other forms of support 24 hours a day can find comfort knowing there are still alternatives to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Home care agencies such as Neighborly Home Care offer around the clock care. This continuous care is also known as “live-in” care.
Caregivers who provide “live-in” senior home care 24 hours a day offer many services, including (but not limited to) personal care, meal preparation, and medication reminders.
One benefit of a live-in caregiver is having someone there with your loved one 24 hours a day to closely monitor their health and safety. The caregiver will become familiar with the behavior and tendencies of the person they are caring for which will allow them to recognize a changes in status of the senior’s physical or mental condition. When detected early and addressed by seeking appropriate medical attention or other assistance (as needed), the impact of these changes can be minimized or eliminated.
Having a caregiver in the home benefits the senior in many ways. It can have a profound benefit for the family of the senior, as well.
Knowing a loved one is not alone and has the attention of a trained caregiver at all times offers peace of mind to their family. In addition to providing senior home care assistance, caregivers can also help the family with errands and can accompany the senior to any appointments, as necessary. Lightening the load for family caregivers can allow those individuals to spend quality time with their loved one and others.
One of the greatest risks at home for an elderly person is an accident. One of the leading types of accidents in the home for the elderly is an unexpected fall.
Caregivers living with a senior will provide assistance to a senior moving about their home, greatly reducing this risk. In the unlikely event of a fall or other accident, promptly addressing the situation is of utmost importance. If a caregiver is present at the time of an accident or fall, they will be able to provide immediate first aid or other assistance as needed.
If necessary, they can also call 911 or take to summon further help from health care professionals. Elderly persons with care around the clock or much less likely to experience a significant injury due to a fall or other type of accident.
By choosing to provide 24 / 7 live-in senior home care for your loved one, you can greatly increase their safety and comfort while allowing them to live where they want to live: in their own home. The peace of mind afforded family members and the physical and emotional advantages to a senior receiving 24 hours support may make the live-in option the best choice for you and your loved one.
To learn more about the advantages offered through the 24-hour home care services, speak with a Neighborly Home Care representative today.