Families often find it difficult to agree on how their older and vulnerable relatives should be cared for. It may not be possible for a family to visit regularly and help with the daily routine. This is where homecare comes in.
Homecare offers many older people the perfect compromise between receiving professional care and remaining independent in their own home. This often helps to improve quality of life, because it eliminates any stress or worry related to doing everyday activities, and it prevents the need for the service user to adapt to an entirely new environment.
A career in homecare offers the opportunity to make a positive change to the lives of older people, particularly those who become more vulnerable with age.
Personalised Care Offers Security
Accommodating specifically to every individual’s needs, homecare offers a person-centred approach to care – residential or nursing care are not necessarily the only options available to older people when they may wish to maintain their independence in their preferred locations.
Homecare ensures that the service user is given all the attention they need, to help them complete tasks that might otherwise cause difficulties.
A big part of your role as a care worker is to build a strong relationship with the people you visit – it’s this warm and unique relationship, which mixes the activities of daily living with the need to combat isolation that can be particularly gratifying. As a care worker you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to relieve the pressure of not just the person but their family too.
Independence Promotes Happiness
It is common for many older people to be reluctant about seeking or receiving care, often due to the fear that it will limit their independence. This is why homecare is such a rewarding career path: you can provide an older person with the necessary care, whilst still helping them maintain their independence.
Homecare varies largely depending on the individual’s needs; we adopt a person-centred approach to support planning, with the service user at the heart of the process. Whilst you may be required to help a person with small but essential tasks such as medication reminders and assistance about the house, and larger tasks such as meal preparation and grocery shopping, the service user retains all control over their support package. Maintaining people’s independence without a doubt will help to promote health and happiness.
Staying at Home Increases Comfort
Being able to stay in their own home is one of the biggest benefits of homecare for older people. The home is where memories are made and collected, where they have raised their families, and it can be hard to let go of this and move into an assisted care environment. Therefore, having familiar surroundings with all of the most treasured possessions close by can help to maximise happiness and promote a sense of wellbeing.
As a care worker you may even be able to work closely alongside the individual and their family in order to adapt the home to accommodate for any specific mobility or health requirements. This can provide peace-of-mind, both for the service user and their family or friends, during the times you are not present.
Homecare Helps the Lives of Older People Everywhere
If you interested in supporting vulnerable members of the community, a career in homecare offers you many opportunities to make a difference. Find out more about what a role in homecare entails by browsing our homecare pages, and search for your next role using our online jobs board.