Staying at home with a professional carer after a Covid-19 hospital discharge will result in better recovery and well-being, dignity, independence and enjoyment of life.
We are facing unprecedented times. And evidence from around the world shows clearly that it is older people, especially from the age of 70 upwards, who are most likely to become very seriously ill.
Recovering from COVID-19 continues long after our clients leave the hospital. This is especially true for older people, who must face the after-effects of a coronavirus infection along with the unique challenges faced by an ageing body. Many families may feel that the only option following such an infection is to move into a residential or nursing home.
However, live-in home care is a fantastic alternative with many advantages.
With so many benefits to one to one live-in home care, it’s the obvious choice for elderly people needing care after a COVID-19 infection. Our loved ones deserve the ability to live life on their own terms, yet remain safely in their home to stay healthy.
At a time when the risks of cross-transmission within care homes are becoming a great concern. Live-in care mitigates these risks at a comparable price to a nursing home bed.
Being discharged from the hospital is the first step in your rehabilitation journey. COVID-19 weakens the heart, lungs, muscles, and diminished mental cognition.
Persistent long-term health problems reported following acute COVID-19 disease include:
Healing from this array of issues requires rehabilitation.
Live-in carers can help older people with rehab exercises in the comfort of their own homes while also lowering the probability of falls. Home care also gives seniors an opportunity to recover from attention and memory problems in a familiar and safe space.
COVID-19 has unprecedentedly pressured our healthcare workers, meaning they can’t always give the level of attention and care desired.
If you move forward with Ashridge Home Care, you will be assigned a dedicated carer who will get to know you as a person, rather than a list of COVID-19 related symptoms. Carers also help around the house with daily chores like cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping.
This one-on-one personal care is invaluable during recovery.
Depending on the severity of your COVID-19 infection, you may require continuous monitoring after you are released from the hospital. COVID-19 causes long-lasting lung damage, and many receive a Tracheostomy during treatment. In either of these cases, you will require long-term support and monitoring.
We provide live-in carers who can monitor you 24 hours a day. If complications occur, carers can stabilise you and give you the medical attention you require.
An overlooked consequence of COVID-19 is the psychological impact. COVID-19 causes brain injuries and stroke in some clients, and the consequences are lifelong.
Vulnerable people recovering from COVID-19 may face any of the following psychological effects:
These conditions, combined with common cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, complicates recovery. Specialised home care for these unique co-occurring conditions is available.
After weeks spent in the hospital, receiving care at home is a welcome change. The benefits of home care cannot be understated. In fact, according to one study, “home care decreases costs, improves health outcomes, and reduces hospital stays”.
Our loved ones who have suffered from coronavirus have the chance to recover and recuperate in familiar surroundings they are comfortable in. This can aid in the recovery process making it quicker, and it is also an excellent base for rehabilitation.
“A shocking difference between the numbers of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes compared to those having professional care in their own homes suggests we rethink the whole future of elderly care in the UK. With elderly people clearly safer at home why are care homes still viewed as a “good choice” by healthcare and social care professionals?” Live in care hub
Just 0.17% of old people receiving professional care in their own homes have died from COVID-19 compared to 29.3% of old people in care homes
Elderly people and their families should question any attempt at discharge to a care home, particularly for people who have previously been living at home. Discuss the alternative option of live-in care with healthcare and social care professionals, who are now well-aware of the devastating impact of automatic discharge to care homes during the pandemic.
Ashridge provided an emergency placement for me when I needed a live-in carer on 24hrs notice. This was a godsend to me as my mother had advanced Alzheimer’s and my Dad had been rushed into hospital. I really appreciated the professional approach from all the staff I dealt with and felt very supported. Ashridge found me a first class carer who was able to provide wonderful live-in care for both my parents allowing them to spend a few more months together in their home of 35 years. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ashridge and live-in care.
Choosing live-in care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly.
Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
We are more than happy to visit you and your family at home to discuss your situation and consider the options available to you.