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Enhancing the Quality of Life for Seniors: A Guide to Home Care Visits

Enhancing the Quality of Life for Seniors: A Guide to Home Care Visits

In the field of elderly care, home visits have become increasingly popular, allowing older individuals to maintain an independent lifestyle in their familiar surroundings.

During a home care visit, a professional carer comes to your home for 12 hours or 24 hours a day to assist with day-to-day tasks. The tasks may range from basic personal care, such as bathing and dressing, to more practical tasks, such as getting you up and moving. Sometimes people need in-home support from health care professionals. Registered nurses also do home visits to help with things like changing wound dressing, administering medication, and changing catheters. Samvedna Care offers elderly home care services with a focus on enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals aging at home.

What type of home visits are available?

Daily visits—These are regular visits where a care professional visits during the daytime hours to help with a range of daily tasks. This could mean anything from a couple of hours to support each day with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and feeding to mobility and also providing companionship through engaging in different activities.

Overnight care – sometimes, an older person may only need someone to support them during the night; for example, someone with dementia may experience confusion in the early hours of the morning and need the security of a visiting carer to be there during nighttime hours and during the day time too.

When to consider help at home from a paid carer?

There is no right time to seek support at home because everyone’s journey is different. However below are some of the reasons people may consider some support from professional care services.

1.  Struggling with memory lapses

2.  Difficulty in mobility, balance, or coordination

3.  Family carer needs to take a break from providing care

4.  People with medical concerns and need support such as stroke, cancer, dementia, etc.

What would be involved in setting up the first home care visit?

If you are looking for a professional caregiver or nurse, our team can assist you in setting up home care visits.

  • Initial Assessment: Expect an initial assessment where our professionals will gather information about the individual’s needs. This assessment helps determine the level of care required, considering factors such as health, mobility, and any specific medical conditions.
  • Financial Consultation: Discuss care costs with our team. 
  • Scheduling and Coordination: Once the care plan is finalized, work with Samvedna Care to coordinate the schedule for home visits. This ensures that the caregiver or nurse aligns with the individual’s routine and needs.
  • Continuous Communication: Maintain open communication with Samvedna Care throughout the process. Address any concerns, provide feedback, and stay engaged to ensure the best possible care experience.

By following these steps, you can efficiently set up the first home care visit with Samvedna Care, ensuring that your loved one receives the necessary support while aging in the comfort of their home.

What does a carer or home visit nurse do during a home visit?

When it comes to the services provided by a visiting carer or home visit nurse from Samvedna Care, the primary objective is to enhance the overall quality of life for the individual receiving care.

Core Responsibilities of a Visiting Carer 

  • Personal Care: Visiting carers are trained to assist with personal care tasks, ensuring the individual’s hygiene and well-being. This can include help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and other activities of daily living.
  • Mobility Assistance: For those facing challenges with mobility, balance, or coordination, the carer provides crucial support to facilitate safe movement. This assistance may involve help with walking, transfers, or exercises to maintain mobility.
  • Medication Management: Home carers can provide oral medication under the supervision of the family members
  • Companionship: Beyond physical care, the emotional well-being of the individual is a priority. Visiting carers engage in meaningful conversations, activities, and companionship to alleviate feelings of loneliness and enhance the overall mental health of the person under their care.
  • Meal Assistance: Carers may assist with ensuring that nutritional needs are met. They can also help with feeding if required, making sure that the individual maintains a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Household Support: Some home visit sessions extend to light housekeeping tasks, maintaining a clean and organized living space for the individual. This can contribute to a comfortable and safe home environment.

What does a home visit nurse do during a home visit?

Some advanced care tasks are not suitable for specialists and are better suited for nursing care.

For instance, if you’ve recently been discharged from the hospital, you might need ongoing monitoring of your blood pressure or proper management of dressings and wound drains. In such cases, our medical team may arrange for regular home visits from a registered nurse.

If you have a stoma or catheter, a home visit nurse can ensure the skin around the site remains healthy and provide treatment for any infections. This is especially crucial if you’re still adjusting to managing these devices.

Administering medication should only be handled by a registered nurse or the individual themselves. This precaution helps reduce the risk of medication errors, such as taking the wrong dose or timing. If you have a condition that makes it challenging for you to manage your medication independently, such as dementia or stroke, nursing care at home can support you in managing your condition effectively without needing to move into residential care.

Samvedna Care professionals take a holistic approach to home visits, prioritizing individualized care plans that cater to each person’s specific needs and preferences. The focus is not just on addressing physical health but also on promoting emotional well-being and maintaining a sense of dignity and autonomy in their elderly home care services.

Choosing Samvedna Care for home visits ensures that your loved ones receive compassionate and professional care within the familiar surroundings of their homes. For comprehensive and tailored elderly care, trust Samvedna Care’s expertise and personalized approach from the start to make a positive impact on your loved one’s well-being.

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