Keeping Your Vulnerable Loved Ones Safe This Winter

In the darker nights and colder days of winter, our concerns for vulnerable loved ones naturally increase. The low temperatures and lack of natural light mean that they are at risk of a whole host of health and safety issues. 

 

Many of us will be wondering if there is anything we can do to help protect our family and friends at this time of year and you will be pleased to know that there is. For anyone looking to keep their vulnerable loved ones safe this winter, Safe Hands Live-In Care have put together a helpful guide. 

 

Make sure their home warm 

 

In the winter, homes should be heated throughout to around 18°C and up to 21°C in the main living areas during the day. This may seem obvious and you would expect your family and friends to switch their heating on when they feel a little bit cold but, this isn’t always the case. 

 

It is so easy for a house to get cold, especially at this time of year so, if you can pop in to make sure their heating is on then do so. You may want to consider getting them an automatic timer if you can’t be there daily, this will ensure that their heating turns on automatically.

 

Watch for the first signs of a cold

 

There are so many different illnesses about at this time of year and it is highly likely your loved one will pick something up. Unfortunately, minor cold-weather illnesses such as coughs and colds can turn into chest infections and even pneumonia in vulnerable people.

 

When visiting, if you notice that your loved one isn’t themselves or if they tell you that they are feeling unwell then nip any potentially serious problems in the bud by insisting on a visit to the doctor or pharmacist. It is always good to get things checked out. 

 

Encourage a little exercise

 

As soon as the weather turns colder many people would much rather hibernate inside then head out for some exercise. Fitness levels often drop over the winter months and this can cause problems later in the year.

 

Try to convince your family and friends to get out and about, even if it is just popping to the

shops or meeting a friend for lunch. If it is really chilly outside, they can keep active indoors by moving around the house to tackle some chores or even just make a cup of tea.

 

Help maintain a healthy diet 

Three good meals a day and plenty of fruit and veg are a must all year round but even more so in the winter. It isn’t uncommon for your body to experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food preferences in the winter making this much harder. 

 

At this time of year, try to make sure your loved ones are having at least one hot meal each day. This will help to warm them up whilst ensuring they are getting all of the nutrients they need. Make sure their cupboards and freezers are stocked up in case they can’t get to the shops too.

 

Keep their spirits up 

 

You’re probably aware that winter can be hard on the mental wellbeing of vulnerable people who are at home alone all day. Try to make sure that nobody you know is left feeling lonely this season, especially your loved ones. 

 

Physically being able to visit every day can be really difficult. If you can’t get there then even giving them a quick call or speaking via a Skype or FaceTime can really cheer them up. It is amazing what seeing another face and hearing a friendly voice can do.

 

How Safe Hands Live-In Care can help 

 

Taking care of your vulnerable loved one by yourself during the winter months can feel

Overwhelming. At this time of year, it isn’t uncommon for people to turn to a care agency for help. There is no shame in reaching out and asking for short term live-in care or even just someone to pop round every now and then to give you peace of mind that your loved ones are safe, happy and healthy. 

 

If you’re searching for a company that can provide you with companionship care at home then Safe Hands Live-In Care are here to help you. They can assist with your family and friends whether they have a life-long learning disability or they are elderly and struggle to take care of themselves. So, whether you need additional care for young-adults this winter or you’re looking into elderly care at home please don’t hesitate to reach out to Safe Hands Live-In Care. 

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Signs That Your Loved One May Need Additional Support

We are so used to our parents taking care of us that we don’t even think that one day they made need us to take care of them. Day to day tasks get harder as we get older and there is no denying that things we used to do without even thinking will begin to take much more time and effort. 

 

When you’re visiting your family members or friends, you will have an opportunity to evaluate how they’re doing in terms of health, safety and quality of life in general. There are certain things that you can look out for that may indicate that your loved one needs more support. Safehands Live-in Care have put together a list of red flags to be aware of. 

 

Unfinished business

 

This can vary from unopened letters to unfinished jobs around the house. For example, if their once neat and tidy house has become cluttered and dusty. Anything that would have usually been easy for them to finish but is now a struggle can be a sign that it is time to get some help. 

 

Providing your loved ones with support in this area is often one of the best ways to help them. It will ensure that they are living in a clean home and are taking care of themselves properly. Simply arranging for someone to visit your loved ones come and complete the housework regularly will take the pressure off your shoulders and also provide you with peace of mind that the cleanliness of their home is no longer a worry. 

 

Change in appearance

 

Of course, as we age we will start to look different but, it shouldn’t be extreme and in a short time frame. If you notice your loved one has gained or lost excessive weight or is generally not looking like themselves then they may be some assistance. 

 

In this case, you may want to consider companion care for your loved one. In general, they will be able to assist them with everything from making a nutritious healthy meals to combing their hair and generally just putting a smile back on their face. Sometimes just having someone around daily can make all the difference and help to get your loved one back to their old self again. 

 

Forgetfulness

 

From time to time everyone will forget things but if this forgetfulness is becoming more frequent or if it is important things that aren’t easy to forget then your loved one may be struggling. Forgetfulness can cause lots of problems if not addressed. 

 

Depending on what your loved one is forgetting, temporary live in care could be a solution for you. For example, if your parents are currently on a lot of medication or are overcoming an injury and needs to follow a specific regime then, they can really help. Getting your loved one into a routine can help with their memory so, having someone to help them until this routine is embedded can make you feel much more confident. 

 

Loss of interest in hobbies

 

One clear sign that something could be wrong is if your loved one no longer wants to participate in their favourite activities or hobbies. Losing interest or feeling like they are no longer able to enjoy the things they love is a sign to look out for. 

 

If this is the case for your parents then, home respite services can be a great solution. There is no denying that you might not have time to handle all of the important parts of their life let along also getting them out and about to enjoy activities. So, respite services will provide you with a friendly face who will be able to spend some time with your loved one doing the things they love. There are many different respite services available and you will be able to find one that works best for both you and your loved one.  

 

How Safehands Live-in Care can help 

 

Noticing any of the things mentioned above can be worrying but, don’t panic, there are incredible professional companies here to assist you. You don’t have to handle this situation by yourself, Safehands Live-in Care can ensure that your loved one is getting the support that they need whilst keeping their independence. 

 

When searching for a company that provides carers at home for your elderly relatives or friends that you can trust, turn to the amazing team at Safehands Live-in Care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them for assistance, no matter what level of support you require they will do all they can to provide you with a perfect solution. 

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How In-Home Care Can Help Someone With Dementia

There is no denying that caring for someone with dementia can be really challenging and stressful. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive conditions affecting the brain. There are many different subtypes of dementia and the condition can affect different people in different ways. 

 

Often, people with dementia will experience memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia, they have become severe enough to affect daily life. When the condition progresses you may be looking for ways that you can support your friend or family member with their day to day life and, at this time, in-home care is the perfect solution and here’s why. 

 

One-on-one care 

 

As mentioned above, dementia can affect different people in different ways and the care that one person requires can be completely different to the care for someone else. Choosing in-home or live-in dementia care over a care home will ensure that your loved one receives the tailored personal care that they require. 

 

A one-to-one carer will be able to assist your family member or friend as much or as little as they require and this can be changed as and when it is needed. They can help with all day-to-day activities and provide the companionship for your loved one. As your carers only responsibility when with your loved one is them, you don’t have to worry about other distractions or the carer having to divide their time, you can trust that they are in safe hands. 

 

Familiar environment 

 

Again, dementia can be a very confusing time and everything can feel strange, new and scary for the person experiencing this huge life change. At this time, being in their own home can provide your loved one with so much comfort. This one small factor has such a huge impact on their ability to cope with the other changes going on in their life. 

 

This is probably the biggest benefit of in-home care. Many people are unaware of how much disruption moving someone with dementia to a care home can cause. It is incredibly disorienting moving to a new home where they will have a new room and not have any of their home comforts. Simply being in a place they love and are used to with all of their own belongings offers a great deal of security and peace of mind for individuals with dementia.

 

Sticking to routine 

 

In a similar way to a familiar environment, having a routine is important for a dementia patient. It is said that maintaining a schedule similar to the one your loved one has followed for years before they got dementia can greatly reduce anxiety and confusion. Humans are creatures of habit and preserving this routine can help your loved one retain some control.

 

By keeping your family member or friend at home they can stick to their routine and not have to make any dramatic changes. For example, if your loved one used to watch the news every morning whilst eating their breakfast in a specific chair they may feel a sense of normality when they do this, even if they don’t completely understand what they are doing. Professional home care agencies are trained to facilitate daily activities at the appropriate times and help your loved ones follow their daily routine. 

 

Choosing in-home care 

 

All in all, there are many benefits to choosing in-home care over other options available to you when you’re trying to decide on the best care for someone with dementia. You can trust that the people you care about most will be getting the high-quality of care that they deserve in their own home allowing them to be independent for as long as possible. 

 

If you’re searching for a care agency in the UK that you can rely on to look after your loved one then visit the Safehands Live-in Care website. They specialise in dementia care at home and can provide you with a perfect solution if you need a viable and affordable alternative care option to residential care homes. They also offer respite care for dementia carers so if you ever need a break too, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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The Advantages Of Outsourcing Respite Care

It isn’t uncommon for family and friends to be the primary caregivers for their loved ones who need assistance with day-to-day life. As much as we want to do all we can for anyone we care about that relies on our help, this job can physically, emotionally and economically tough at times. Thankfully there is a solution to help anyone that needs a little break, respite care.

 

To put it simply, respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. There are lots of different respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a specialist home so you can go on holiday. For anyone that is considering respite care, Safehands Live-in Care have put together a list of advantages of this type of care. 

 

Reduces stress

 

One of the main reasons why people turn to some form of respite care is to reduce stress and relieve feelings of frustration and exhaustion. There is no denying that caring for another person is stressful and when you feel overwhelmed by this care you will probably find that your patience runs thin and the quality of the care you provide decreases. Don’t ever feel bad, this is completely normal, you just need a break and private respite care will provide this. 

 

Provides ‘free time’ to the carer

 

Looking after someone whilst juggling all other aspects of life can be impossible sometimes. If you work and have your own family you just can’t be in multiple places at once. It is important to remember that respite care is for carers too and you shouldn’t be ashamed of this. Taking some time for yourself will give you the chance to enjoy spending time with other people and doing things for yourself without feeling guilty as you will know that your loved one is in safe hands. 

 

Improves relationships

 

Becoming someones carer will change your relationship with that person whether you intend for it to or not. For example, if you take care of your mum or dad, they can feel bad that you’re now taking care of them when it used to be the other way round. This can often cause friction and break down the special relationship that you had prior to providing care. Simply taking some time apart and using respite care can improve your relationship and allow you to enjoy each others company how you used to again. 

 

Experience a change of scenery

 

When your loved one is unable to get out and about as easily as they used to, it is common for them to spend a lot of time at home. Taking advantage of respite care will give them a chance to go to new places and essentially have a holiday of their own. They will meet new people, socialise and enjoy new experiences. This can be incredibly beneficial for them and their wellbeing in general. More often than not, they will enjoy their respite care just as much as you have, refreshing you both. 

 

Organising respite care 

 

Now you know that respite care is there to help, don’t be afraid to accept this help. Everyone needs a break sometimes and no one will judge you for taking advantage of these services. When organising your respite care, you can sometimes go through the NHS, your local council or even charities. However, many people choose to source private respite care for their loved ones, this allows you to handpick the care agency that will be helping look your family or friends.

 

When deciding to outsource private respite care, Safehands Live-in Care can help. Their home respite service provides families with specialist live-in care on a short term basis enabling a carer or loved one to take a break. One of their friendly professional team will step in to care for your loved one and his can involve anything from companionship, cooking, cleaning through to personal care, medication management or more complex support for specialist conditions. Whatever your loved ones needs, they are here to help, please don’t hesitate to contact them whenever you need in-home respite care.

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The Benefits Of Live-In Care

There comes a time in everyone’s lives when they will no longer be able to do all of the things they used to. Everyday tasks become more difficult and things that used to be second nature become a lot of work. As much as family and friends will try to support elderly people that require assistance, sometimes it is too demanding for them to do this alone. 

For people who need around-the-clock care, residential care homes can often feel like the only option, but thankfully these days you can get affordable and quality care at home. Lots of people are benefiting from live-in care and for anyone who has been considering it, Safehands Live In Care have put together a list of the reasons why you should choose this care solution. 

Familiar surroundings

There is no denying that the majority of people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. A home is not only full of your elderly loved one’s belongings, but it is also where their memories are, so there is a high chance that they will not want to give this up. 

Thankfully, with live-in care, they can get all of the support that they need whilst staying in their familiar surroundings. They can continue to live at home for as long as possible and live a normal life, just with additional support as and when they need it. 

24-hour care

Compared to living in a residential home, having a full-time live-in carer not only allows your loved one to have one-to-one assistance, but it also ensures that any care required is available to them 24/7. 

Live-in companions for the elderly will be there whenever they are needed and can help at any time of day. People don’t just need help during the day, there may be times at night when they require assistance too and having someone there will provide peace of mind. 

Continuity of care

It can be quite difficult for some people to feel comfortable around care professionals, especially when they receive different care from different people, which is often the case in a care home. This rotation of carers can often be quite confusing too. 

The stability that live-in care provides can be invaluable to the elderly. Your loved one can have a tailored care plan that is performed by the same person every time. A live-in carer will become a familiar face that they can trust and feel themselves around. 

A better lifestyle

No matter what age we are, a routine provides great comfort and it can even be essential for some people. As we get older this routine becomes ingrained and changes can be very upsetting. 

By remaining in their own home, your loved one can maintain their same lifestyle and continue with the normal routine. As well as this, they can also keep any beloved pets and continue attending their usual social activities. All in all, the lifestyle is incomparable to a care home. 

Value for money 

Unfortunately, some forms of care can be incredibly expensive and you can feel like you aren’t getting enough for the extortionate amount that you are paying.  

Live-in care is a very economical option for any elderly people with long term care requirements. Many people are shocked to hear that for a similar price to a bed in a care home, you can actually receive a bespoke in-home service.

Arranging live-in care for your loved one 

When you look at the benefits of live-in care it is clear to see that this is nearly always the best option for your elderly friends and family. You can trust that they will be incredibly happy with this solution and at the same time you will have the peace of mind that they are cared for and supported by a professional. 

There are many live-in care agencies that will be able to provide you with the services you require so when you are trying to find a live-in carer make sure that you do your research to find the best. Visit the Safehands Live In Care website to see exactly how our incredible team can help your loved one. Whether you are looking for a long or short term live-in carer don’t go anywhere else. 

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How To Support Your Loved One With Dementia

Unfortunately, dementia affects many elderly people in the UK. It is caused by diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and there is currently no cure. Dementia can make it more and more difficult for people to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others and take care of themselves. Alongside this, dementia can even change a person’s personality and behaviour which can incredibly be upsetting for family and friends to witness and experience.

Supporting a loved one with dementia is an exhausting task and although you will be trying to do all you can to help, it sometimes doesn’t feel like enough. You might not even know where to start and if the support you are offering is correct, it is a very confusing time for you as a family member or friend too. To help anyone in this situation, Safehands Live In Care has put together a guide to help you support your loved one with dementia. 

Help with an everyday routine 

Routine is frequently mentioned as a way to help with dementia. A daily routine provides people with a sense of comfort and control over an otherwise confusing existence. Anyone who is suffering from memory loss will thrive on familiarity, it can help prevent them from becoming distracted and forgetting what they were doing. 

The early stages of dementia are the perfect time to help your loved one develop an everyday routine if they don’t already have one. Try and tailor it to your loved one’s preferences and make sure that it isn’t too adventurous. Sticking to this routine as much as possible will be very beneficial in the long run. 

Ensure their home is safe 

As mentioned above, for dementia patients, familiarity is so important. So, enabling them to stay in their own home for as long as possible should be a priority. Big changes like moving to a care home can be incredibly unsettling for your loved one, so think about what you can change around their house to make it safe for them to stay. 

For example, you can help prevent any potential falls by removing any trip hazards and also installing handrails or grab bars in critical areas. Simply think about how you can reduce the chance of injury, ultimately, the safer their home is, the longer they will be able to stay there.

Take the time to enjoy activities together

People with dementia can continue to enjoy lots of different activities individually and with others too. Remaining both physically and mentally active will actually help them to focus on the positive and fun aspects of life. 

Take the time to enjoy activities together and spend some time together that isn’t centred around dementia and caring for them. These activities don’t have to be extreme, something as basic as going for a walk, listening to a CD or looking after a pet will be great. This time together will mean a lot to your elderly family member or friend. 

Never hesitate to ask for help 

Unfortunately, lots of people struggle by themselves because they are too ashamed to ask for help. This isn’t good for you or your loved one and can cause lots of issues further down the line. Caregiving for someone with dementia is not easy and there will certainly be moments when you need a hand or someone to talk to. 

Reach out to a company that specialised in elderly care at home, they can take some pressure off of your shoulders. You can also look into private respite care, give yourself a break and some time to refresh every now and then so that you can provide better care. 

How Safehands Live-In Care can help 

Dementia can be unpredictable and difficult to plan, but hopefully the things mentioned above will help you handle the whole process more confidently. Take each day at a time and try to enjoy your time together, after-all just because they have dementia doesn’t mean that they aren’t the person they have always been. 

If you do require any assistance at all at any time, whether it is now or in a few years down the line if things have developed further then please get in touch with Safehands Live In Care. We are a 24-hour care agency who can provide you with live-in dementia care. We are incredibly experienced and also equipped to help ensure the needed care for your loved ones is provided. 

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