Over half of disabled people struggle with mobility problems and nearly half of all adults over 65 have a disability in the UK. Many of these people can live independently, some have help from families or carers who visit regularly, others live in an assisted living or care home environment where carers are available 24/7.
If mobility problems are temporary (after an accident or surgery, for instance) a person will usually be cared for at home or at a family member’s home until they are fully mobile again and the care and support is usually provided by the family. However, where the mobility problems are permanent an effective long term solution is needed. This can be at home but with the help of a carer who visits daily or a live-in carer and this helps to avoid both a physical and emotional strain being placed on loved ones, partners, friends and family.
Professional Care from a Live-in Carer
Live-in carers providing in-home care services are a viable option if you are looking into long-term care for a loved one with mobility issues. Live-in carers move into your home on a semi-permanent basis and provide a much improved quality of life for their client in a variety of ways such as:
- Helping with physical therapy and exercise so that the mobility of their client does not deteriorate further.
- Encourage and help with strengthening exercise to help prevent future falls, which are a major cause of injury in the elderly.
- Organising activities, days out, visits and hobbies based around the client’s requirements, wishes and abilities
- Ensuring the home is safe and functions well for the client to make the daily routine as easy as possible. This can include having mobility aids like handrails and raised seating installed.
Live-in carers will also buy, prepare and cook food, and maintain the house and garden, if necessary. An important aspect of their role is that they provide companionship and this helps combat loneliness among elderly people, which is a common problem especially amongst those with limited mobility.
Finding the Right Live-in Carer
The first place to start when looking for a live-in carer is to talk to your doctor about the practicalities of this type of help with personal care. Your doctor may know of organisations or individual carers who can help. There is also plenty of information available online from not-forprofit organisations such as the Live-in Care Hub.
Do your research and take your time making a decision – remember to consider whether in-home care, live-in care or a residential care home would best suit your needs. The care choice you and your family members make will have a massive impact on quality of life so is never a decision to be rushed or taken quickly in an emergency situation. Think long and hard before moving out of your familiar family home. The right care option can help you live a long and happy life – continuing, where possible, with the activities you have always enjoyed.