For anyone who’s ever experienced a fall or illness that’s required medical attention, you’ll understand just how upsetting and stressful an incident of this nature can be for an elderly person.
According to data released by NHS Digital, nearly 100,000 older people (aged 65+) suffered hip fractures in 2017/18 alone. More than 8,000 elderly individuals will experience a fall of some kind each year, making them a significant cause for concern for healthcare providers and family members.
Aside from the physical injuries caused, having a fall anywhere is enough to significantly impact the confidence that a person has when getting out and about. They can additionally decrease mobility and increase loneliness and feelings of social isolation without the proper care and encouragement, so it’s vital that the recovery is fully supported by a healthcare professional.
Not only will a professional carer ensure that the person’s physical care needs are met, but they will also be on hand to offer encouragement when the time comes to become mobile again.
But where is the best place for this recovery to take place?
New research conducted by the Live-in Care Hub has unveiled that people with professional live-in care will have fewer falls than those in a residential care home. This is attributed to the fact that those at home are encouraged to be more active in familiar surroundings and have their confidence boosted by a professional carer who they are able to build a rapport with as they recover.
With statistics showing that one third fewer falls happen at home when compared to residential care, it’s easy to see why recovering at home is a far better option for those that wish to remain in familiar surroundings rather than having to move into a care facility that is entirely alien to them when they are already feeling vulnerable.
Let’s take a look at a few of the other benefits on offer when choosing to recover from a fall at home:
Improved muscle mass
NHS research has shown that a hospital stay of just ten days is enough to decrease muscle mass by as much as 10% and can significantly reduce mobility and cause further issues with balance going forward.
While recovering in hospital, many patients are encouraged to stay in bed for most of their recovery as staff and resources are stretched, but at-home recovery means that individuals are actively encouraged to get dressed and walk around their own homes within reason as soon as they are able.
Rest and recovery
One of the most important elements of recovery is getting enough rest so that the body can heal, but hospitals and care homes are often busy places that can be noisy due to the number of other people receiving care at the same time.
At home, those who have had a fall can relax in their own properties without any additional noise or interruptions to their recovery.
It is a fact that those choosing to recover at home are at far less risk of infection than those in care homes or hospital.
If you’ve had a fall or period of ill health, your body’s resistance to bacterial infections and viruses is significantly reduced as your immune system struggles to cope with the stress placed upon it. This leaves you wide open to unwanted infections that can be passed from person to person.
With at-home care, you will only be cared for by a small team of care professionals and can ask friends and family members to practice common sense and good hygiene while you recover which significantly decreases your risk of getting an infection.
How do I arrange live-in care following a fall, illness or operation?
With an overwhelming 97% of people preferring to recover at home, you’ll be pleased to know that arranging live-in care during your recovery is straightforward and often far more cost-effective than having to move into a residential care facility.
Arranging what happens after you’ve received the appropriate treatment following a fall, illness or operation is very much down to the wishes of the individual and their families. Once you’ve been treated at hospital or in a healthcare setting and are in a fit state to be discharged, you will be able to talk to your doctor about what support you will require as you continue with your recovery at home.
Many home care providers will insist upon an assessment of the person’s needs to see the level and length of care they require as they recover, but this is an excellent way of getting to know the person or people that will be looking after you at home.
You can also talk about things such as sleeping arrangements for overnight care, your daily routine and any other care needs you might have as well as cost before choosing an at-home care provider, so be sure to be clear on your needs and expectations to ensure you receive the very best service to aid your recovery.
With sensitivity, we do what we can to make our clients smile again. Our home carers provide physical support so that medically, our clients have the best chance of recovery. In addition, they provide the emotional support and hope our clients need to want to keep going, to believe in a reason to get up every day and face their challenges.
Knowing that you require care or your loved one requires care can be very difficult, but knowing there is an option for care that doesn’t involve the upheaval and distress associated moving to a care home is a blessing for many families. Live-in care allows someone with high levels of need to remain in their own home and community and lead a good quality life in familiar surroundings. If you’d like to discuss your situation, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us for a free, no obligation discussion.