08 August 2019
The extensive benefits to having a live-in carer in your home are increasingly well-known, but what many people don’t think about is how live-in care can help to transform a person’s life beyond their home. Prior to having live-in care, many older or disabled people are often trapped in a situation where their social lives and opportunities to get out in their community have become very limited or non-existent. The support of a live-in carer can revolutionise that situation, opening up the person’s world again and enabling them to enjoy being part of their community once more.
Small steps to bigger things
When we meet some of our clients for the first time, it’s clear that they have become used to infrequently or never leaving their home. For someone in this position, it’s too physically or mentally challenging to even contemplate changing that situation, but once open and trusting relationships are formed between the person and their live-in carer, it often becomes about setting a long-term goal to regain the social and community life that the person has lost by focusing on their needs, abilities and aspirations.
The first step is to tackle the reasons behind why getting out and about is so difficult. Those reasons can be many and varied, anything from a mobility problem, a fear of falling or concerns around continence, through to the person worrying that they’ve lost their social skills, are feeling intimidated and vulnerable when out and about, or simply expressing that they don’t feel like they have a place in their local community any more.
It often takes time and patience to enable a person to regain their abilities, be they physical or mental, and find the confidence they need to leave their home, even for short periods. Sometimes it’s also about devising new strategies to enable the person to cope, particularly if their worries about leaving their home are more centred around their emotional wellbeing. Being able to talk through these feelings and find ways to cope, which are sometimes as simple as having a hand to hold or doing some deep breathing, can make all the difference in ensuring that the person feels more confident and secure.
Choosing when to leave the house and where to go are incredibly important considerations, particularly if someone is feeling nervous or anxious about going out. Choosing a place that has suitable mobility access, good toilet facilities and food or drinks that are liked can make a really big difference to how well a trip out goes.
Sometimes a live-in carer or a family member might do a ‘trial run’ to check whether the facilities are what is needed, and also to find the most suitable time of day to visit the desired location. For example, the person might really enjoy going to a local café when the toddler group are meeting there, or conversely that may be the last thing the person would like. Finding these things out can be the difference between whether the person enjoys going out and wants to repeat the experience or not.
Focusing on the person
Of paramount consideration is always the person’s comfort and happiness. Having a supportive live-in carer who is solely focused on the individual they are caring for means that the all-important details of a trip out can be investigated and a plan made to ensure that there is the greatest chance of everything running smoothly. And, of course, by having a live-in carer providing a safe, secure and happy home to come back to when wonderful days out are over, returning home is a joy too.
To find out more about how Promedica24 can enable your loved one to have an active social and community life, please visit https://www.promedica24.co.uk or get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 086 8686 or email email@example.com.
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