Why is Elderly Care Important?

In the UK at present, there are over 11 million people aged 65 and over. This is expected to increase to 13 million people, accounting for 22% of the population. To put this into perspective, the overall population in the UK only increased by 7% from the years 2009 to 2019, yet the number of people aged 65 and over increased by 23%. Almost half of this demographic were in single-person households throughout the pandemic, and as a result of not being able to go out and having limited mental and physical stimulation, have begun to lose the ability to look after themselves.

One in four adults aged 50 and over are having difficulty waking up and going downstairs, walking short distances outside, having a bath and washing themselves, and preparing and cooking food for themselves. This has taken a toll on them, as many older people are beginning to endure increasing and devastating levels of anxiety, with 22% of men and 28% of women currently experiencing depression. Unfortunately, 64% of elderly people do not feel comfortable taking public transport, 43% lack the confidence to go to the shops, and 26% are anxious to spend time with their family.

The importance of private elderly care is clear. The purpose of this blog is to further explore the need for social care, and to highlight the benefits that can be achieved by seeking the assistance that you and your family members need.

Five Benefits of Elderly Care

Companionship and social opportunities

If there is one thing that becomes clear as someone ages, it’s the importance of social connections. “Far too many elderly individuals in the United States live alone, and when they have trouble getting around, lose their driving privileges, or do not have family and friends nearby, it can make them feel even more isolated”, explains Kevin Watkins, co-founder of Caring Hearts of Rochester in New York. Fortunately, companionship becomes a quintessential part of any home care services.
Companion care provides invaluable social interaction. This could be something as simple as conversing over coffee, going for walks, or cooking together. In the process of doing their job, carers stave off loneliness and depression in older adults.

Safe transportation

At some point, most aging adults become unsafe drivers and must give up their car keys. This blow to their independence severely limits their ability to complete everyday tasks, such as buying groceries, going to their regular place of worship , and visiting friends. A professional carer can transport and accompany your loved one to stores, meetings, doctor’s appointments, social events and more. Such assistance can expand a senior’s world outside of their home and help them to remain physically and mentally active.

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Extended independence

By providing ongoing personal care, professional carers are able to help aging individuals to continue living safely, comfortably and socially at home. A little extra support can be all that is required to extend an older adult’s sense of independence. This goes a long way towards improving their outlook on life and boosting self-confidence. Most aging individuals are comforted by remaining in familiar surroundings where they have spent much of their lives. In-home care services support aging in place and can delay or prevent the move to a long-term care facility.

Oversight of daily life

An in-home carer will keep an eye on your loved one and may identify changes in their condition, such as refusal to eat, sudden weight loss, medication mismanagement, or fluctuations in memory and reasoning. This kind of accountability can make a significant difference in preventing accidents and avoidable health complications, particularly in situations where an older adult has difficulty communicating and/or remembering things.

Peace of mind for the family

Whether you live 10 minutes away or on the other side of the country, it’s impossible not to worry about a loved one who is showing signs of needing help at home. Home care services provide the one-on-one, personalised care that a sole caregiver cannot realistically offer full time. This valuable addition to a senior’s care plan grants their family members priceless respite opportunities that reduce stress levels and prevent caregiver burnout.

How Mayfair Care Agency can provide the best elderly care solutions for you and your family

Since COVID 19, our elderly have gradually become one of the most vulnerable demographics alive; they are desperately in need of love, care, and looking after, now more than ever. The people who raised you, and who have helped to make the world what it is today, should not be forgotten and left in the past.

Mayfair Care Agency is well aware of this, which is why we are committed to providing excellent care to clients from all backgrounds and walks of life. We live by the philosophy of ‘treating others how we would like to be treated’, and as a result of such high standards, now provide services to our local county councils, primary care trusts and private clients alike, giving you better peace of mind and greater trust in our care. To elevate this even further, we ensure that our carers are fully trained in line with the regulatory bodies, receiving regular refresher and specialised training courses in order to accommodate for individual client needs.

We have now been providing our private elderly care in Worcester and the surrounding areas – including Droitwich and Evesham – for over 19 years.  There are a range of tasks we can aid and support someone with to safely improve their living standards, happiness, and comfort. If you’d like to know more about how we can provide a solution for you or a member of your family, or have any further questions regarding the information presented throughout this blog, then please do not hesitate to get in touch! Our team would love to hear from you and would be more than happy to help.

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If you would like more details about our Alzheimer’s or Dementia care services, please do not hesitate to call us on 01386 41492 or filling out the form.

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