When someone needs additional care, such as when they get older, have an accident or develop a medical condition – it can be difficult for them to adjust to losing their independence and losing the ability to do everything by themselves.
As you can imagine, it can be extremely frustrating to need to rely on someone else to help you with people often having feeling of a regression back to childhood. That is why it is important to allow them to continue to be independent where possible in their lives and for them to take the lead on the things they can still control.
For example, they may have trouble with mobility but are as sharp as a pin mentally, so allow them to maintain control of their finances, budgeting and keeping in touch with others to keep their independence. Or it may take them longer to put their shopping away or complete a certain task, but if they are capable and do not want help, let them get on with it.
Allowing them to maintain this independence is beneficial for their physical and mental health, helping to boost their confidence and self-esteem and feel they still have a sense of purpose and are usefulness.
For many, the most important element of maintaining independence is being able to stay within their own home. You should consider what support can be put in place to allow them to stay in their own home and maintain independence without having to consider moving in with a relative or to a residential home.
House adaptions can help with independence such as installing handrails, a stairlift or an automated chair or bed that helps them to get up. These practical investments can mean they can maintain control in areas of their life.
For areas where some help is needed, visiting care can be a viable option for many as it can be as flexible as you wish and can be designed to fit around the person to provide the exact amount of care and assistance they want and require at the times when it is needed. This takes pressure off of friends and family and allows the individual to dictate exactly how much help they want.
What Is Visiting Care?
Visiting care allows someone to stay in their own home and largely maintain their independence, with visits from a carer to assist with daily living where they need it. A personalised care plan can be designed to offer support where and when it is needed, this could be as little as half an hour a week or up to three or visits each day.
This kind of care can cover anything from personal care to domestic assistance or simply companionship based on the needs of the individual.
Personal care could include help getting up in the morning or getting ready for bed such as getting in and out of bed, washing and dressing. It might mean help with continence issues or aids, administering or prompting medication or staying overnight should they be required.
General care covers elements such as help preparing meals, shopping, collecting prescriptions, benefits or pensions, helping with life admin such as letters and phone calls, accompanying them to social events or medical appointments, looking after pets, completing domestic tasks such as cleaning and washing or providing respite care for family carers. It might also mean just keeping them company and visiting them for companionship and helping them with any small tasks.
In some cases, visiting care might include specialist care such as end of life care or caring for someone with sensory impairment, learning disabilities or severe physical disability.
Find Out More About Visiting Care With Fambridge Care
If you would like to find out more about our visiting care options, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at Fambridge Care. We can work with you or your loved one to design a bespoke personalised care plan that perfectly fits your needs and requirements.
We can provide a wide range of care options to fit around you and help maintain independence. We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of care and listening to our clients to understand exactly what they need.