The Difference Between Child and Elderly Care

elderly careHas it crossed your mind that you are thinking caring for your small child when caring for your old dad or mom? True, there may be similarities in caring for the old and the small ones but it is a lot more different than you may think.

First, you have to consider the biological clock of the human body. The human body systems during infancy are all immature. You are nurturing your child towards maturity and independent functioning. On the other hand, the elderly have biological systems that are slowly degenerating. The body is akin to a machine – the systems do malfunction when due to wear and tear. The major difference between elderly care and child care depends on a number of factors. Here are those factors that affect the level of care required between the child and the elderly:

Activity. The child is bursting with energy and vigor. Because his environment is strange to him, he will try to discover everything on his own, thus constant supervision is required. The elderly on the other hand may want to just lie on the bed. This is not healthy as it will contribute to the development of pressure sores. As such, whether you subscribed to home care or simply caring for your elders at home, you need to encourage movement or provide passive range of motion exercises.

Nutrition. The amount of food you give to a child is normally to nourish and give him enough energy for the day. With the elderly, the amount of food you give will depend on how much he or she can take as well as consider the limitations in the diet as prescribed by the doctor. The elderly may insist on eating food that may increase the risk of complication relating to his health condition, and you or a care personnel will be responsible for preventing that to happen. It will either involve repeated explanation to the elderly or keeping the food out of sight.

Maintenance of Hygiene. The child will normally soil himself same with adults or elderly. Children are usually ushered or carried to the bathroom to clean them. The elderly, on the other hand may require assistance, carried or turned on the bed to accomplish this. A child may warn you that he or she may need to use the bathroom, while the elderly may not be able to feel that he already soiled himself. Maintenance of hygiene and caring needs depend on the overall health condition of the elderly.

Communication. You may find it stimulating to talk to a little boy who just learned to speak. You may find it difficult to converse with the elderly as they may not talk a lot or ask you things that you do not understand, like in the case of a dementia patient.

With these factors in mind, it is vital that the care provider understands the nature of the health condition of the elderly as well as equipped with an adequate amount of knowledge and training. While it is true that there is no universal guide for caring for the child, caring for the elderly with different illness and health conditions have guidelines.

Home Modifications: Do you really need to?

Senior CitizenHome modification is akin to home renovation. It will need adequate assessment and planning in order to achieve success. However, unlike home renovation, home modification is necessary in order to make the living condition of the elderly or the disabled member of the family safe and comfortable. It will involve modifications that will suit the elderly or the disabled overall health condition. On the other hand, how would you know that you really need your home to undergo modification program?

You may have availed a bluebird care mayfair for your aged parents but this does not ensure that they won’t venture out on their own without any assistance. Some elderly find it difficult to accept that they have to rely on other people in walking or care for themselves. You will experience issues with their occasional attempts to bathe on their own, especially if they can very well move their arms and legs.

You may opt to have them in a home care agency in westminster but if this is not possible, especially if they can very well care for themselves, then you should consider home modifications and get domiciliary care whenever you are out of the house so that you can ensure that someone is looking after them. What are the things that you should take into account? Go and visit each room inside your house and do some assessment of your own based on:

Safety. Is there any part of the house with poor lighting? Accidents involving senior citizens are commonly caused by poor lighting. Even if the elderly knew that he or she cannot properly see where he’s going, he’ll still attempt to accomplish what he wants to without realizing the danger he’s imposing on himself. Is there any part of the room that has floors needing repair or carpet needing replacement? Is there a part of the house where the stairs are too steep or have step edges that are not visible? Safety is the most important consideration in deciding for home modification.

Accessibility. Are the cupboards in the kitchen accessible for the elderly? Will she need to stand on a stool to get something she needs? Are the cabinets and bookshelves easy to reach? Will the elderly require assistance in getting a book or magazine she wants to read? For elderly people who managed to do most of their tasks on their own during younger days, it may be frustrating to ask for assistance just to get something that they want to read or make their own cup of tea. Most of the time, they want to function and do what they can without assistance. As such, making sure that every part of the house is accessible to them will ensure not just safety, but their own satisfaction as well. In addition, you’ll have peace of mind that though the domiciliary care may be busy with picking up the laundry, accident is less likely to happen.

Adaptability. Will the elderly be capable of caring for herself when she wants to use the bathroom? Will it be safe for the elderly to take her bath? As mentioned earlier, elderly people who can accomplish activities of daily living fairly well will desire to do things on their own with less assistance as much as possible. Depending on the existing health illness and other issues concerning your elderly member of the family, it would be better to modify the home suitable for her needs and what her present capabilities will allow.

What does a home carer do?

question_makrs_cutie_mark_by_rildraw-d4byewlAt Avondale, we split out domiciliary care services into two types.

  1. Personal Care
  2. Practical Care

Each of these types of home care are offered to all of our clients, collaboratively or either one. Most people try both.

Here is 3 examples of each type of care:

Personal Care

  • Assistance with preparing meals
  • Mobility assistance
  • Assistance going to the toilet

Practical Care

  • Assistance with going or getting shopping
  • Basic household chore assistance
  • Assistance cleaning or doing personal laundry

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Which Domiciliary Care Services is Right For You?

There are several domiciliary (home) care services to choose from and many people get confused. Here is a basic description to help you understand…

Live in Care

Live In Care involves having a carer live with the person in need of care. This can be full time or chosen days of the week. The carer will spend the day and night providing care.

Respite Care

Respite care was created to give a break to full time carers. If you provide care to your parents currently, respite care is an excellent solution designed to give you a short break.

Dementia Care

Care created for people suffering from all types of dementia such as alzheimer’s.

Domiciliary Care

Often known as home care or care at home, domiciliary care is the general term for having a professionally trained carer visit your (or your family’s) home and provide care. This can include any of the services listed above.

Choosing the right care company for you

If you are based in St Helens, you should request a brochure from us! Otherwise we recommend using the CQC website to find trusted and recommended agencies near you.