Imagine you’ve had a fall. You broke your wrist and had to spend a number of weeks in hospital. You live alone and the hospital nurses suggested you move to a nursing home for a few weeks to recuperate.
However, you love your home, your community, your own routine. You can’t wait to get home and your heart plummets when you hear their suggestions. Your family live far away, they can visit at the weekends but it’s not possible for them to pop in and out and check up on you or help you. Your dog is being looked after by a neighbour but you can’t wait to see him too. You’re also a little nervous about losing your ability to live independently if you go to a nursing home. What if you have to stay longer than a few weeks? You were getting on fine before the fall and you’re determined to go on as before. However, you need help. What is the solution?
The solution can be home care whereby a fully trainer professional home carer can visit you in your home on a regular basis – perhaps daily, perhaps a few times a week, maybe on a temporary basis or it could be a permanent arrangement. Everyone’s circumstances are different, the care provided will vary but the essence will remain the same.
What do you need from your home carer? You may need some assistance in the mornings getting washed and dressed. You may need some help tidying up. If you haven’t opted to received ‘meals on wheels’, you might want some help preparing and cooking your main meal of the day. You may want some companionship to help you settle back into your routine. You might be longing to get home but it might be a little lonely initially while you adjust after the buzz of people in the hospital. You might need someone to link your arm when you give your dog a walk or when out for your daily exercise. Your needs might be some or all of the above.
Home Care helps people to stay living independently in their own home. If you feel you would like to help someone in these ways and work as a home carer, do look on our vacancies page to see if there is a home carer vacancy in your area.