There comes a time in life that we are no longer able to complete tasks as we used to, unfortunately, getting older in life is inevitable but it doesn’t mean we should live uncomfortably. For many, it will take a while to reach the stage of needing constant care that usually means moving into a care home, but for others, part-time care is hugely beneficial and will help them make the most of their life. It’s also a horrible situation when you can see a loved one needing care and are unable to give it to them as the responsibilities in your life are pressing enough, there is a reason carers exist and it’s ok to find yourself in this situation, it’s ok to seek help. There are a huge number of reasons as to why hiring a carer will enable you or your loved one to live a more fulfilled life, here are just 6 of them.
1. Emotional Support
There’s a huge amount to be said for feeling emotional support and being healthy, we grow throughout our lives and require constant support, many require therapy and struggle massively with certain aspects and it’s important to remember that this doesn’t disappear in the latter stages of life. Combine this with getting old, feeling lonely, and not being as physically able as you were and you have a deadly combination with huge potential to affect your mental well being. For these reasons alone it’s worth having a carer to just sit and talk, care providers are trained in a large number of areas and aren’t just there to do the washing or cook a meal. Having someone to talk with is often what the older generation needs, not want, and can often greatly improve their quality of life. Keeping the brain active is a vital area of support and has an incredible result in maintaining a feeling of purpose.
2. Physical Support
Unfortunately, there is no getting around the fact that when we get older we struggle to complete tasks as easily as when we were younger. It’s often the first thing that’s noticed when deciding if a carer is needed. We still need to eat, wear clean clothes, wash, and live like a human and it can get to a stage where this is incredibly difficult to do on our own. Hiring a carer will stop each and every physical struggle you will face in one fell swoop. Depending on your level of care will depend on how often your carer is there, but they will always make you as comfortable as possible for when they’re leaving. Physical support is a must for some people and will make their life so much easier, and as a result, more enjoyable.
3. Health Conditions
The older generation has a mindset that is quite frankly impressive, they’re hardy characters that have lived through an awful lot of disaster and in some cases, world wars. It’s this mindset that makes them a danger to themselves as many will overlook symptoms of developing health conditions. It’s in this situation where having a carer could be life-saving as conditions can be constantly monitored and any symptom that develops can be dealt with appropriately.
For similar reasons to the previous, maintaining a medication schedule can be met with an opposing attitude. This doesn’t mean it should be ignored and having a carer around will ensure that all medication is taken. Another reason for seniors to mix up their medication schedule is memory loss, something that is common when getting older.
5. Family Support
Something that is often overlooked when a person needs a carer is the support of the family that surrounds them. It’s not easy for anyone that’s part of a family containing individuals that need care, these situations often come with huge amounts of stress and worry, and having a carer on hand will help alleviate any primary concerns. They’re also there for support as someone to talk to regarding their loved one, understanding conditions will often leave people a little less worried and knowing it’s being taken care of can be a huge relief.
6. Having A Fall
Something many people are terrified of when getting older is having a fall and not being able to get up, even thinking about it is horrible. Having a carer visiting once or twice a day will put you at ease and safe in the knowledge that someone is coming in the unfortunate event of taking a tumble. Even more so if you have a full-time carer.
Getting old is scary, it comes with a number of things we have to think and prepare for but it’s something that we can control to a certain extent. Try and make your loved ones think of it as a positive instead of a negative and be encouraging, it’s a stressful time, and losing your patience is the worst thing you can do. Remain calm and you’ll find the transition much easier.