24 Hour Care in Your Home

From what I’m led to believe, this is a fairly new service ’24 hour care’. Care at home agencies refer to this service as ‘live in care’.

For an easy description of what it is, just watch this video:

Or watch on youtube, here.

Who is this type of care right for?

I personally had live in care after my car crash, where I needed regular assistance within the home to recover.

Apart from this, I know it’s very popular with elder people because it can allow them to live in home, even if they suffer from disabilities or things like alzheimer’s and dementia.

The video basically explains everything you need to know.

I’ll write another post later if anyone is interested in choosing the right home care or live in care agency. Just leave a comment if you would like to see that!

Until next time.

Weight Loss: The Career Woman’s Style

weight lossMost women of today are not found at home knitting and taking care of children. Instead they are at some office working or working in a bluebird care for Regents Park to help her husband bring home the bacon. Will she be able to find time for herself to work her way towards the figure she desires?

Every woman has her own beauty to show as well as style. But when a woman starts to add up on her weight, she feels she’s not beautiful anymore because she cannot fit into the clothes she used to wear. This is a common preconception of women entering mid-30’s to 40’s. Most of the time, aches and pains follow after lifting a patient towards the bed or helping them with their bath. However, this should not be the case.

Instead, she should be celebrating her womanhood, especially if she has a family of her own and a career she can be proud of. It is mighty difficult for a woman to juggle family and work and achieve balance. When she does, she tends to forget herself and start putting on those extra pounds, especially when she’s left alone to care for the elderly parents while the husband goes to work.

When a woman starts to feel conscious and dissatisfied with her figure and her weight, it’s high time she consults weight loss centers especially if she spends the major part of her day in an office or sitting at home taking care of the children or works as a staff of Maida Vale care at home agencies. Most of the work that entails care workers do not require much activity like walking and running. As such, they are also at risk for putting on much weight than desired. Here are 3 simple tips on how the active career woman can do some exercise at the office and at the home care agency:

  1. Fill a small bottle with water around 500ml and close the lid securely. Sit down on your chair and hold the bottle in one hand as relax as possible on your side. Breathe in as you flex your arm towards your chest while holding the bottle. Repeat the cycle for 32 counts, and then do the other arm.
  2. When your patient is still asleep, get the book you read to your patient. It can very well function as a nice exercise tool. Put the book on the floor and sit upright on your chair. Breathe in as you reach for the book and breathe out when you go back to your previous position. Then breathe in as you put the book back onto the floor then seat straight up. Repeat this cycle for 32 counts.
  3. The small trash can located under the table or the patient’s bed can also be used as an exercise tool. Put your left leg on the other side of the trash can and your right leg on the other side such that the trash can lie in between your lower legs or feet. Both of your hands should be under your seat or holding the seat part for support. Breathe in as you lift the trash can up and breathe out when you put it down. Repeat the cycle for 32 counts.

These are simple steps that a woman who cannot catch some time for exercise was able to invent. Adding some brisk walking some 3-4 blocks away from the home care agency office or your patient’s home is also a good way to jump start your day and tone those leg muscles.

Common Health Problems of the Caregiver

back painHave you tried the actual work of a caregiver? Do you have any idea if caregivers sustain any injuries or health problems from caring for their patients? Caregivers provide care for a variety of individuals on a daily basis. This may range from dementia patients with disabled, elderly or facilitating learning for disabled children. Though they know how to care for individuals with special needs, most of the time these caregivers forget their own needs. Even those that are voluntarily caring for their loved ones at home, do forget that they need care, too. As such, illness and health problems arise:

Back pain. This can be experienced from repeated lifting where the force comes from the waist. Caregivers are usually trained on proper body mechanics, but when one is tired, they may forget this particular learning. As such, there may be times that the soreness of the back, especially in the lumbar area is felt.

Minor burns from food and drink spills. When you are a caregiver, you always make sure that you don’t add injury to your patient. In preventing burns to your patient, you test for yourself whether the food, drink or bath water your patient will use is too hot or too cold. Minor burns or scalds are some of the injuries that a caregiver may sustain in trying to prevent their patients from getting burned themselves.

Emotional burn out. It is nearly impossible to be indifferent to the patients that you care for every day. As part of the care giving process, you listen to the problems of your patient, real or imagined. You allay their anxiety and comfort them whenever they need it. Indeed, it can drain an individual emotionally, especially if such circumstances happen in a daily basis.

Falls and Slips. These accidents are also one of the common causes of injuries sustained by caregivers. Forgetting to prepare the required paraphernalia in rendering care, then hurrying to go back to your patient may make you unaware of the wet floor, thus causing slips and falls. Homes that have not yet been modified for elderly care may prove to be accident-prone not just for the patient, but for the uppingham home care giver as well.

Transmission of Infection. A gap in the control of infection may also cause illness to the caregiver. The Bluebird caregiver may ensure and practice appropriate infection control measures, but this may not be the same with other caregivers or family members that care for her patient. As such, it is vital that the caregiver is in her optimum health whenever caring for their patients.

All of the above mentioned possible health risk and injuries can be prevented. Proper use of health equipment, body mechanics and utilization of knowledge and skills in infection control will help to ensure that the caregiver is free from any untoward incidents. Constant communication with a support group for caregivers as well as close friends and family members will also prevent the emotional burn out that caregivers experience on a daily basis.

Preventing Caregiver Stress and Burn Out

stressThe profession of giving care to the elderly is not just a profession, it is also a passion. People who provide care for the elderly, regardless of their health conditions most of the time, go out of their way to extend their time. Most of them go the extra mile in caring for the elderly without expecting anything in return. However, they are also subjected to the same stress like any other individual.

Family members who care for the elderly on a long term basis may feel stress due to the challenges that they face every day. Caring for the elderly on a daily basis presents different situations. They may have the same problems, but progression of the disease process will prove to be a demanding time for the primary family support system. When such situations present themselves to families, it is important that they can rely on a reputable bluebird care. This way, they can help take a break from their daily routine to refresh.

It is vital to prevent stress and burn out not just for the family members who provide care for the elderly, but to the Bluebird Home Care Market Deeping personnel as well. There should be a balance between work and leisure so that the caregiver will be more apt to provide care. Stress and burn out can be prevented in the following ways:

Understand that you cannot do everything. It is important for a caregiver to understand that they are not perfect. Energy gets depleted and needs to be replaced. People do get tired and will require adequate rest for the next day’s responsibilities. As such, do not hesitate to ask for help when you deem it necessary. Give the responsibility to willing and able individuals and staff whenever called for. This way, you avoid putting yourself vulnerable to illness and accidents.

Speak up. Some family members may not be comfortable in expressing how they feel. However, the longer you put off addressing a problem, the more stress it gives you. You will tend to think and worry about it. If you believe that what you have to say is reasonable and needs to be addressed, especially if it involves the safety and comfort of the elderly you are caring for, then do tell.

Consume your break periods. Everybody needs a break once in a while. As a worker, you are entitled to a break. As a family member, you are also entitled to it. A person who cannot take care of his or her own needs is not in a proper position to address the needs of the people they are taking care of.

Ask for a vacation if you need to. When you’re caring for an elderly for the longest time and you believe that you need some time off, you should listen to yourself. Ask for someone to take over your responsibility and seek that relaxation that you need. By doing so, your energy gets replenished, your mind is reset and when you come back to your ward, you are better apt to provide the assistance and care they require.

Take a Break from Full Time Caring

It is surprising that many of you have never heard of “Respite Care” before. Respite care involves having a professionally trained carer take over caring for your loved one temporarily to allow you a break.

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Taking a break from being a full time carer is very important. It gives you a much needed break to clear your head and better support your loved one when you return. But you probably don’t feel there are many people you can trust to provide the same level of care you give.

That is why respite care is fantastic. You use a trusted home care bristol agency and they find the best people and fully train them (if they are not already qualified) to become a carer.

You also have to remember the positive effect this can have on the loved ones you are caring for. Many of them will feel they are ruining families, or causing a nuisance to your life. Here is one video of a man (Bill) sharing his story of how respite care helped his family:

It is always amazing to hear such stories. I hope you enjoy the video.

Respite care is offered as a service by most domiciliary care agencies, especially the national ones. So there really is no excuse for not being able to find a carer.

Please leave a comment if you are a full time carer and looking at using respite care services, or if you have used them before and have experiences to share.

This is a guest post by Russ Hughes of Lovely Home Care Bristol, a domiciliary care agency based in Bristol.

In Home Dementia Care Tips

Found an interesting video of caring for a family member suffering from dementia in your (or their) home. Watch it here:

Here’s a few of the tips for anyone that can’t watch right now:

  1. Dementia is an umbrella term and different types have a variety of symptoms, one popular type is alzheimer’s
  2. People often lose the ability to walk properly
  3. Have a look at shoes for being worn down
  4. Keep clutter out of the way
  5. Block access to all stairs
  6. Install door locks to prevent them leaving the house without your knowing

All of this mixed in with full time caring can be a lot of hassle. If you’re looking to take some of that work off of your shoulders, home care northampton will be able to help you.

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They’re a care at home agency that can care for your family member up to 24 hours, 7 days per week. Or alternatively give you extra assistance at your chosen times, so you don’t have to devote your entire life to being a carer.

 

Is Home Care Right For Your Parents?

Fortunately for myself, my parents are still healthily living together. I do hope that lasts much longer, but everyone knows that can’t last forever.

To get down to caring for your parents as they get older and ensuring their safety, it usually comes down to 3 main options.

  1. Caring for them yourself
  2. Helping them choose a care home
  3. Assisting them with hiring a care at home agency

I recently found a video explaining the benefits of a care at home service, vs putting your parents or older family members into a care home. The other alternative, caring for them yourself, you’ll have to make that decision based on whether it is really the right choice for you to make.

I was sent this video by a reader and home care stamford and home care oundle service provider, watch it below:

That’s a doctors point of view, so it should really shine some light on why I recommend home care rutland so much!

Got some more posts lined up about more benefits of care at home, and why I think it is the perfect solution for elder people, dementia and alzheimer’s sufferers, reablement support, etc.

- Brian