Private in-home care can take different forms. There is personal care, where a caregiver comes to the individual’s home for a specified number of hours each day to help with getting dressed and groomed, assist with meals, and offer services related to daily living tasks. Private in-home care can also take the form of 24-hour care. The question that many people ask themselves is, “When is 24-hour care the best option?”
In today’s blog, we present a few cases where 24-hour care is extremely beneficial to give you a better idea of when this option may be the better one for you.
Case 1: An Individual Who Wanders Or Becomes Disoriented
Especially with people who have been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other related conditions, there may be a propensity to get up in the middle of the night and wander around. The person may even go outside, which can endanger them, particularly if a sense of disorientation sets in and it becomes a big challenge to return home.
Private caregivers can stay with a loved one 24 hours a day, via 8- to 12-hour shifts per caregiver, to ensure the individual doesn’t wander through the home or outside of it, thus keeping the individual safe.
Case 2: Someone Recovering From Hip Surgery
For older individuals in particular, recovery from surgery can take a long time. Something as major as hip surgery can leave someone needing around-the-clock care well after they’ve been sent home from the hospital or from a rehabilitation facility. In these instances, 24-hour care can prove invaluable, since the individual may need assistance or pain relief any time of day or night.
Case 3: When Medications Are Required Around The Clock
Certain conditions require the administration of medicines every few hours without fail. If these medicines are not administered, the individual can suffer and decline considerably. It is impractical to expect a spouse, adult child, or other loved one to wake up every few hours and administer the proper medication doses. A team of private caregivers each putting in an 8- or 12-hour shift is able to handle this important responsibility without losing sleep or without accidentally missing a dose, without fail!
Case 4: If Night-time Bathroom Trips Are Frequent
If numerous night-time trips to use the bathroom have become the norm for an elderly loved one who needs toileting assistance, it’s probably time for 24-hour care. Just as with the case of night-time medication needs, it becomes impossible for a loved one to help with night-time bathroom needs day after day, night after night. Since it’s very important that you get enough sleep, a 24-hour caregiver will become invaluable in a case like this.
Contact Collier Home Care For Assistance
Would you like to learn more about 24-hour care provided by a team of private caregivers in your or your loved one’s place of residence? Would you like to talk with a provider to learn more about the details of the services offered? If so, we at Collier Home Care are available. We will be happy to answer your questions and explain this care option in detail. Contact us today!