Elderly Care can include many types of services.

Finding the right Elder Care can be confusing. Do you need Respite Care, 24 Hour Care or just a few hours of Care? What type of Care is available? What type of Care does my loved one need? Do I need a Nurse or a Caregiver? Are you looking for daily In-Home Care, once a week or perhaps you need a Caregiver for a sleep over so you can attend a business or special event? Let's help you find the answers to these questions.

The services discussed here are mostly 'pay by the hour' Care for those with low Care needs. If you have a loved one who has high Care needs take a look at '24 Hour Care'or 'Live-In Care.'

There are so many decisions to be made when it comes to In-Home Care it can be a daunting process.

What type of Care is available?

What type of Care do they need?

How much does Care cost?

How will I approach the topic with my loved one?

My loved one is very independent and doesn’t want Care what can I do?

My loved one will only accept Care from family, what can we do?

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Elder Care

General Elder Care services

  • Assisting with mobility
  • Assisting with, or making delicious home cooked meals and snacks
  • Assisting with incontinence care
  • Companionship
  • Daily living activities such as showering & dressing
  • Dementia Care
  • Gardening Therapy
  • Grooming
  • Helping clients in and out of bed
  • Helping clients to the bathroom
  • Hospital to home care
  • Light house chores such as vacuuming and dusting
  • Medication prompting
  • Music Therapy – E.G. Use of music to enrich clients mental and physical wellbeing
  • Prepare, accompany and transport clients to events or appointments
  • Reminiscent Therapy- E.G. Tapping into happy memories to enrich clients mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Reports can be provided should the person organising the Care desire it. The types of reports provided. 
  • All activities undertaken
  • Which drugs were taken by client, including times and dosage.
  • Record any changes in behaviour, health or mood.
  • Photos provided
  • Respite care can be provided:
  • at any time during the day or evening
  • overnight
  • weekdays
  • weekends
  • public holidays
  • Shopping for or with the client
  • Some Incontinence Care
  • Some Palliative Care - maximize the quality of life by:
  • relieve pain (non-medical)
  • provide comfort to client and family members
  • provide emotional support to client and family members
  • reduce stress on family members and friends
  • create a calm and peaceful environment

 

Respite Care

In Home Respite Care is designed to help give you a break from providing care  and the constant worry and strain that often accompanies caring for a loved one. If you are the primary Carer for your loved one this needs to be a regular part of your caring routine. Caring for yourself is vital if you want to be a good Carer.

It can take many forms. You may wish to meet with friends, do some shopping, playing golf or any number of things, while a Caregiver comes in to care for your loved one. It can last from a few hours, a few days or weeks. Some carers arrange annual In Home Respite for a few weeks so they can go on holiday.

In Home Respite is far less disruptive for the person receiving care. They are able to stay in their own home, with their own routine and the type of meals they like. You can also choose to receive regular reports and photos if you wish.

Medical supervision may be a reason you require extra help through the night. A couple of Respite Sleepovers a week could be just the thing you need to rejuvenate yourself if you constantly have to get up through the night.

In Home Care Services for Elderly Care, exercise Respite care reports on loved one being cared for
Night shift 24 hour care, In Home Care Services for Elderly Care at home. Calming client with Sundowning Overnight Care, Live In Care 24 hour Care
Night shift 24 hour care, In Home Care Services for Elderly Care at home. Calming client with Sundowning Overnight Care, Live In Care 24 hour Care

Some people living with dementia have a condition call Sundowning. Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening. In comparison, their symptoms may be less pronounced earlier in the day.

Your loved one is most likely to experience sundowning if they have mid-stage to advanced dementia. Each person has different triggers for sundowning. To help identify your loved one’s triggers, use a journal or smartphone app to track their daily activities, environments, and behaviors. Look for patterns to learn which activities or environments seem to make their symptoms worse. Once you know their triggers, it will be easier to avoid situations that promote agitation and confusion.

Sundowning or medical supervision may be a reason you require extra help through the night.

Overnight shift

An Overnight Shift is when a Caregiver stays either in the room of the person who needs Care or very close by. They stay awake through the night to either monitor the person's medical equipment or for some other type of Care.

Sleep Over

During a sleep over, the Caregiver may also sleep, only waking (it may be several times) to re-settle the client or take them to the toilet.  The Caregiver will need their own room for this type of Care.

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