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Home Help for Elderly - Bestowing New Life

  • Published: 2009-07-21 (Revised/Updated 2009-08-31) : Author: Adrian Richards
  • Synopsis: If you have elderly relatives at home you know how hard it is to take care of them especially when they are seriously ill.

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If you have elderly relatives at home you know how hard it is to take care of them, especially when they are seriously ill or completely unable to perform normal regular activities. Home care providers play an important part here.

If you have elderly relatives at home you know how hard it is to take care of them, especially when they are seriously ill or completely unable to perform normal regular activities. Home care providers play an important part here.

With wide range of services and professional help for elderly people home care service providers shares the responsibility and reduce the burden from our shoulders.

At elderly homes you have nurses and paramedics trained especially to look after aged people. From professional nursing care and companionship to rehabilitative therapies and palliative care home help for elderly covers a wide range of medical and mental support services

Personal Care:

Activities are necessary for living a healthy life. Personal care givers know how to keep elderly people busy in simple activities and exercises.

Other personal cares include:

Bathing and toileting
Cardiovascular activities
Incontinence care for people who are unable to control urination and defecation
Special diet preparation

So, when you are away from home for longer time period or busy with your work you can ask for personal care services for your granny without hesitation.

Companionship and Homemaking:

Companionship is an integral part of modern 'live in care' services for elderly people. Accompanying over a meal or simple conversations with elderly people makes them happy.

Companionship services generally cover:

Helping in meal preparation
Light housekeeping including dusting, sweeping, cleaning home appliances and organizing closets
Errands and grocery shopping
Washing clothes
Recreational activities like board games or a walk outside

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care:

One of the toughest jobs is to take care of people suffering from Alzheimer's or the loss of memory. It is a disease and patients of dementia need constant attention.

Home care services for dementia include:

Respite care in the absence of family members
Comprehensive personal care
Mind stimulating intellectual activities

If you are a working lady and don't have much to spend at home you can call for a professional aide.

Palliative Care:

A terminal illness is a challenge not only for the patient but for his/her family as well.

Home care providers can help you in the most difficult times with their services:

Respite care
Help in daily activities
Personal care

Live-in Care:

Live in care can complement the need of intense care and love that elderly people want especially when they have lost the ability to perform normal activities due to age or illness.

This service is designed to support old people suffering from:

Alzheimer's disease
Neurological problems
Parkinson's disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Apart from paid home care service agencies there are several social service organizations offering health care and personal care services at little or no fee. Those who can not afford costly home help social service organizations are their only recourse.

Hard it might be, but when you finally have decided for home care service for the elderly member of your family stay positive. Modern elderly homes offer best of medical care and mental support services for elderly people so that they never feel neglected. Living in constant care of doctors, paramedics and trained nurses will help them to stand up on their feet again and look at life with a new zest.

Reference: Henry Scott is a self-published author and social worker. He writes on various topics including home care providers and home help for elderly people.

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