Growing older can mean making some difficult choices!
Perhaps you’re an older person living at home thinking you could use a little extra help from time to time?
Or perhaps you are caring for an older person who is determined to stay living in their own home and you need a few hours respite each week, so you can have a break.
In the UK, an older person is faced with many choices and while many will actively choose to continue residing in the comfort and security of their own home, others will put off decisions until a crisis emerges.
The desire to remain independent and maintain quality of life is often at the heart of these decisions with over 90% of older people wishing to remain in their own home.
Growing older often means:
- Everyday tasks may become more difficult.
- There are increased frailty and safety risks
- Increased stress on family members who are worried about health and safety of their older relative and not being available to help them.
So it's important to take time to plan for who you would like to help you and what help you would like to maintain your independence!
The 10 most common situations prompting the need for some additional assistance:
1. An injury, illness or medical condition has left the person less able to function independently
2. Advanced age makes the person less able to function independently
3. The family notices their loved one is struggling with everyday tasks
4. The person asks for help directly
5. The family member feels guilty if they don't offer to help out but live too far or work full time
6. The family member needs more assistance after the death of a spouse or partner
7. The senior would have to move or leave their home if some assistance was not provided
8. The family notice the person is losing interest in some of the activities they used to enjoy
9. Family members notice weight loss and loss of interest in eating
10. Family members notice their loved one’s appearance is deteriorating
Home Instead Senior Care Durham is a local home care company.
Our non-medical services include; companionship, personal care (assistance with showering and dressing), meal preparation, medication reminders, house cleaning and transportation for appointments, errands and shopping.
Services are available at home or in care facilities from an hour a week up to 24 hour care, seven days a week, including overnight and public holidays.
Family members can’t always be there for parents and relatives, so Home Instead Senior Care and our amazing CAREGivers are the next best thing.
For more information about us and how we could help you or your family, please call the office on 0191 374 4041