24hr Care

24 hours of care

With 24 hour live-in care you or your loved one will be supported by two carers who exchange shifts – meaning one carer is fully on duty at all times. The most common way of doing this is by having one carer for the daytime, and one for night. This means each carer gets a much-needed break, while still ensuring there is always a carer available to look after you or a loved one, respond to any urgent care needs, or to prevent accidents.

If you’re arranging care for someone else, knowing that they’re well cared for in their own home can bring a great sense of security. This may be a particular comfort if you live far away, or even in a different country, from your loved one.

We’re fortunate to have a variety of care options available, depending on the circumstance. Each variant offers a level of care particular to a specific need, such as care at home, elderly care, dementia care and companion care

The difference between live-in care and 24-hour care

It’s important to understand that standard live-in care is different from 24-hour care. While a live-in carer is present in the home 24/7, the distinction is made by the number of carers looking after the person needing care and whether they’re ‘on call 24/7′ or ‘providing care 24/7′.

Standard live-in care involves one live-in carer who works up to 10 hours per day, and then is available for ad hoc care needs through the night – provided that this wakes them up less than three times per night. Above and beyond this support, you may need 24-hour care.

24-hour care is particularly suitable for those with medical conditions that need around the clock care and treatment.

Assessment is key

While we may have an idea of what type of care we need, it’s important to receive a professional assessment of the type of care that would be most beneficial.

If you feel you or a loved one requires an assessment, you can get one by contacting your local authority or your GP. However, if currently in the hospital, one will be carried out by the discharge team.

An assessment will confirm whether the person needing care can remain living at home, and whether they require nursing or daily living assistance. Attention will also focus on any existing medical conditions, and make provision for the changing nature of degenerative illnesses.

Whether 24-hour care is needed will depend on a number of other factors too, such as sleep quality and behaviour.

Conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Multiple Sclerosis – especially in the later stages can make day-to-day tasks challenging and also cause problems during the night – such as pain for those living with MS, or tendencies to wander for those with Alzheimer’s.

In instances such as these, 24-hour care will likely be recommended for the person’s comfort, safety and care.

Accident prevention

Unfortunately, as we get older we’re more likely to have an accident at home. Mobility problems such as arthritis, weakened muscles and osteoporosis can put people at a higher risk of falling or tripping while at home. As can poor eyesight, reduced depth perception, and slower cognition.

Mobility issues can also make certain areas of the home more dangerous. Bathroom accidents often occur when someone loses balance getting in and out of a bath or shower, or by slipping on a wet floor. However for older people the impact of a fall can be huge – resulting in painful fractures that take a long-time to heal.

If you or a loved on has a history of falls at home, or has started to experience confusion during the day ot night, 24-hour care could significantly reduce the risk of a serious accident by ensuring there’s a safe pair of hands / qualified care professional every hour of the day.

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