The benefits of live-in home care
Having an active social life can provide your loved one with a range of benefits, and boost their overall quality of life. People who regularly interact with others tend to be less depressed and more mentally alert. Isolation can cause depression and harms cognitive function. Day-centres, religious groups and societies and can all be enjoyable and therapeutic. Whether it’s a trip to the bingo hall or a game of Scrabble, our hometouch carers can help maintain your loved one’s social life – and even broaden their horizons.
Live-in care helps maintain routines
Keeping to the usual structure of the day can improve the function of people with dementia. Familiar places and patterns are reassuring and there’s evidence that they can help maintain cognitive abilities and increase wellbeing. With hometouch, your loved one can keep their own routine, rather than adapting to a care home schedule – which means they can enjoy their favourite TV programme, or eat at their usual time.
Just because someone with dementia has forgotten how to brush their teeth or carry out simple tasks, it doesn’t mean there’s no way back. By building on a person’s abilities and strengths, hometouch carers can help those with dementia maintain and relearn skills.
There’s evidence to suggest that switching to a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of memory loss. It’s a diet with lots of fresh produce, fruit and veg, fish, pulses, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. Antioxidants can protect the brain from damage, they can be found in green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus fruits and berries. Our live-in home carers can help your loved one with their nutrition to keep them happy and healthy.
Exercise may help prevent dementia and slow the progress of the condition. Research suggests, living an active life, exercising regularly and building leg muscle strength were all linked to better mental function with increasing age. Whether it’s some gentle stretches or a stroll around the park, our live-in carers can ensure your loved one is getting the exercise they need.
A typical live-in care day
Wake & personal care
Support with waking, washing, dressing and or toileting - always with consideration and respect
Make breakfast, reminders to take medication, drink water and other prompts to help maintain daily wellbeing
Assistance with keeping the body moving and getting fresh air, from a simple stroll down the road to prescribed activities
Make lunch together (if possible) allowing for participation, inclusion, bonding and mental stimulation
Some gentle muscle strengthening, a cup of tea and a light afternoon nap. If appropriate, the carer may take a short break.
Light house work
Prepare for dinner, meal planning, grocery shopping Help with chores such as ironing and laundry
Bed time routine
Personal care before bed, a hot cocoa, reading or listening to the radio. Lighting adjusted to assist circadian rhythm
Night care starts
Assistance with getting into bed and toileting. Help with night time WC visits if needed
What makes our carers special?
We believe our carers are modern day heroes. They are compassionate, dedicated and giving, chosen for their abilities to make a real difference in the world.
Ultimately, at hometouch our carers need to pass the most important test of all- would we wish for them to care for our own family? Only if the answer is yes will they become a hometouch carer.
With our live-in home care service, we work hard to ensure your carer is entirely suited to your loved one’s circumstances and personality.
We also know that conversation is fundamental to caring, which is why all our live-in carers are fluent in English and have a warm, friendly personality. Sometimes just a sweet cup of tea and a good chat can make all the difference.