Disabled individuals may feel safer while taking a shower or bath if a home care worker is at the house or even assisting with the bathing. They may not be able to hold their arms up long enough to shampoo their hair and rinse it.
In-Home Care for Disabled Seniors Keeps Them Healthier, Safer, and More Comfortable
In the 1990s, a TV show called Touched by an Angel was very popular for several years. Each week, a small group of angels visited people who were at a crossroads and needed some assistance and guidance. Today, families can call senior care services like Visiting Angels to stop in at a parent's home daily or on a different schedule.
When Relatives Can't Be There
These families might need someone to spend time with their elderly parent because they live far away or because they have to travel routinely for business. Sometimes, the parent lives with an adult child but would have to stay home alone all day without in-home elder care. That may be a problem if the older individual has mobility issues making it difficult to bathe, wash hair, and get to the toilet without help.
Many seniors benefit from visits by home care workers even though they don't require skilled nursing service. Those that need visits from a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse should contact home health agencies that offer this option.
Daily Living Assistance
Often, elderly individuals with a relatively severe level of disability can still continue living at home as long as they receive enough assistance from family, friends, and in-home workers. Someone who has serious mobility problems because of advanced multiple sclerosis, for example, might have to move to a nursing home without this help.
They don't need skilled nursing from home health care agencies, but they do benefit from having someone take care of the laundry, cooking, and light cleaning. During times when relatives cannot be there, having a home care worker ensures a person is served nutritious meals and eats healthy food every day.
Disabled individuals may feel safer while taking a shower or bath if a home care worker is at the house or even assisting with the bathing. They may not be able to hold their arms up long enough to shampoo their hair and rinse it. In addition, a family member can be alerted if the worker arrives to find that the client has become ill and needs attention.
Visits by Angels
With regular visits by home care workers who provide friendly companionship as well as assistance with daily living tasks, the elderly person feels like he or she truly is being visited by a helpful angel. Friendships develop, and the client who might otherwise spend days in isolation now has someone to chat with. Every day, the visits are looked forward to with anticipation.