Top reasons to consider home care

Posted on May 09, 2019.

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For most of us, when we were younger our parents cared for all our needs. Fast forward several decades and this can turn completely on its head.

Those tasks around the house that mum or dad could once easily handle while looking after a young family are becoming more difficult as they age. While they are nowhere near the stage of needing residential aged care, things have slipped at home. What should you do?

Luckily, a well-formulated home care plan can be the perfect solution to this issue. It allows your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own home and have their growing needs catered for. Here are our top five reasons to consider home care.

1. There’s no place like home

More often than not, your parent is still living in the family home that you grew up in, which brings a feeling of familiarity and warmth. The thought of leaving home for residential care has the potential to cause great anxiety and stress to the whole family.

The level of comfort of being at home is second to none and studies have shown that recovery times can be quicker and elders can live longer with home care compared to residential aged care.

2. Avoid unnecessary risks

At home, your elderly mum or dad’s risk of infection from other sick people is greatly reduced compared to living with others in a group setting.

Some of the day to day tasks that your loved one tackled with aplomb in their heyday may be beyond their physical capabilities, especially on their own. Injuring their back when moving heavy items in the shed, falling over in the shower or forgetting to take the correct medication at the correct time are all things that could happen without a helping hand in the home.

Having a carer in the home will eliminate most of these potential problems without compromising your mum or dad’s independence. In fact, they will be thankful for the helping hand!

3. Enjoy the best of your relationships

You and your family members lead busy lives which makes things difficult when it comes to frequently checking in on your elderly parent. It can feel like you are constantly nagging them to take their medications, go to the GP and pay their utility bills.

With a third party involved such as a home care specialist, taking care of those tasks and much more, it can offload those worries and allow you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of your relationship.

4. They’ll have their own personal home care plan

Home care does not have to disrupt your loved one’s daily life. In fact a carefully tailored program that caters for their physical and mental needs while maintaining their independence in the home, will enhance their lives.

Mum or dad may only need a little help around the house once a week or need a higher level of care more regularly. Juniper can specifically tailor a home care package to suit your parents’ choices and needs.

5. It frees them up to do the things they love the most

Without the stress and anxiety of either having to tackle tasks at home by themselves or asking you to do it, your mum or dad will have more time to take part in the social activities and events they enjoy most.

Their home care worker can help your loved one with a lift to the shops or take them to a weekly catch up at the local coffee shop as part of their home care package.

What kind of home packages are available?

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of home care available for elders. The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is an entry-level service for home care, catering to a range of lower care needs.

For greater and more complex needs, your loved one may be assessed to receive a home care package. Home care packages provide a wide variety of care and support over a more extended period of time. You will receive a case manager or care advisor to tailor your package to your needs.

There are four levels of home care packages from basic and low care services (level 1 and 2) to intermediate and high care (Level 3 and 4 packages) which offer greater assistance including care for those with dementia-related needs.

Juniper can assist with both CHSP services and home care packages.

Find out more about Juniper’s personalised services by calling our friendly team on 1300 313 000, email homecare@juniper.org.au or visit our website www.juniper.org.au.