A home helper/support worker can benefit users in a number of ways, most importantly if your aim is for you or your loved ones to stay at home as long as possible, home care can assist with daily activities.
Many studies have shown that people do better in their own home rather than a Nursing Home or other facility. Being at home provides you with a comfortable, familiar environment and enables you to have care in a way that maximises your independence.
Introducing home care or home helper early can also prevent the need to enter a Nursing Home and help prevent hospitalisation.
For carers, home help provides respite. This enables the carer to live their own life while still maintaining their carer role. Many carers have to juggle their care commitments with work and their own family and this can be a struggle.
Having care provided in the home also means the care is one on one and personalized. In a facility care is provided by a number of carers and it can be hard to establish a good relationship with those caring for you.
home care services can be helpful in lots of different situations and for many people including :
Mary is a busy 46 year old lady, with a young family to care for and a demanding job. Mary's mother Joan is now 82 and lives in her own home on the Sunshine Coast, where she has lived since marrying. Joan lost her husband John 2 years ago and has found it difficult to be on her own as John used to take care of all the bills and look after the house.
.Since Joan had a fall 6 months ago Mary worries about her at home on her own and visits her nearly every afternoon and on weekends. She makes sure she has some meals prepared, the house is tidy and Joan is looking after herself. Both Mary and Joan agree that they want her to stay in her own home so a Nursing Home is not an option.
Mary was finding it tough to fit in the kids activities and still keep an eye on her mum, until a friend suggested she ring Advanced Care and find out about their home care services.
Now Joan has a home care worker visit her each morning to help her shower and dress, and help her keep the house clean and tidy. Once a week she has a home care worker come in and take her shopping and help her prepare a meal.
Mary now has peace of mind that mum is being looked after, and she can enjoy the time she spends with her taking her out for coffee and shopping
The home care services provided differ from person to person. The service can be personalized to meet your specific needs so you're not paying for services that you don't need.
Personal care - help with showering, dressing, grooming such as shave or make up, transferring in and out of bed, toileting, continence, meal preparation, assist with medication, meal preparation and eating.
Social support - transport to appointments, shopping, other errands, sorting mail and assistance with bill paying, accompanying to activities or outings.
Respite - providing a home care worker to care for you in home whilst the carer takes a break
24 hr care - having a home care worker stay in the home and supervise and assist you all day and all night
overnight or sleepover care - having a home care worker stay at the home overnight and assist as needed