Maintaining Caregiver Health

Caregiving for someone when they are struggling or chronically ill really shows how much this person cares about their loved one. If you are a caregiver and your loved one requires near-constant care and attention, you might tend to forget to take care of yourself.

However, you have to remember that you’re as important to the equation as the one you’re taking care of. Carers need a break too. So, it is necessary that you also get the support you need as you provide care to your loved one.

How can you look after yourself and maintain your own health when caregiving?

Investigate home care services.

Caring for your loved one can take up a lot of your time. Consider obtaining a home care package to help you out. Not only would your loved one be placed in safe, capable and well-trained hands, but you will be able to find the time to look after yourself and other responsibilities without compromising your loved one’s lifestyle.

Professional home care services provide the benefits of in-home care, ensuring that your loved one will still be in a familiar environment. Additionally, the professional home care provider has a set of skills specifically to help care for your loved one. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support offers home care on the Mornington Peninsula and we can guide you through the process of obtaining a home care package from the Government.

Consider Day Respite Centres

Along with home care services, it is worth investigating whether day respite services may be for you and your loved one. Day respite services are where you can take your loved one to be looked after by a team of aged care experts for the day. Your loved one can socialise with other people, go on outings, do activities and be looked after while you are looking after yourself. Village Glen offers day respite services, so please contact us for more information about this.

Recognise how important you are

Caregiving is an important job, as you make someone’s life as easy and comfortable as you can. But sometimes, it might get too much, especially when personal factors compete with your responsibilities.

To keep the stress at bay, try to take even a few minutes every day to think of the impact you make and how important your care is. Think of the difference you make in a person’s life and how that gratifies your heart.

Look after yourself

Take a break to rejuvenate yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Recharge your batteries and make sure you are letting yourself do the things you love and make you happy.

Get home care services with Village Glen.

If you’re interested in getting home care services for your loved one or enquiring about day respite services, reach out to us at Village Glen. For enquiries and more information, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

5 Ways To Improve Safety At Home

Keeping our elderly loved ones safe in their home means taking some measures to reduce the risks of potential home accidents. These home accidents can be caused by a decline in balance and fading vision, and so eliminating some risks will be of great benefit to your loved one.

So how should you go about making sure that the home is accident-proof for your elderly loved ones?

Making stairs safe

If your loved one is using a walking stick, walker or other mobility aids, taking the stairs may not be the best option. One level living is ideal and if they are considering downsizing this would be a good option to consider. If one level living isn’t feasible, consider installing a wheelchair ramp to make the walk to and fro easier. If they are able to use the stairs, make sure the steps are safe by installing non-skid treads for more stability. Another way to help prevent slipping is comfortable footwear with non-skid soles.

Removing clutter

Declutter and removing obstacles is also a great idea. For instance, lamps should be positioned in the corners to avoid the wires getting in the way across the floor. Throw rugs, especially those with patterns, should be removed as well; the patterns can easily cause your loved one to lose their balance and possibly fall.

Grab rails and mobility aids

It is worth investigating mobility aids such as a walker or shower chair. Also, grab rails are great to help someone anchor themselves in the bathrooms and other areas that an elderly person may need assistance such as the hallway or next to the couch.

Ensuring that the furniture is sturdy

Speaking of furniture, it is important to check how sturdy your loved one’s favourite chair or couch is. Consider how easy it is for them to use the furniture as well. For instance, though sitting on a recliner may be comfortable, the effort of getting in or out of it may be a bit of a challenge.

Installing proper lighting

As stated before, many home accidents are caused by fading vision with age. Make sure that there is proper lighting throughout the home to make it safer and easier to navigate. Also, consider installing motion-sensor lights to help your loved ones when they make a midnight trip to the kitchen fridge or bathroom.

Get professional assistance.

We know the safety and wellness of your loved one is a top priority and it may be worth looking into professional aged care services to give your loved one the necessary support. At Village Glen Retirement Living there are no stairs or steps anywhere around the Village to eliminate any risk of tripping. We also work with residents to help install grab rails and access mobility aids. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support can also assist an elderly person on a package making their home a safer place.

Contact Village Glen today for a consultation, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

How Can Home Care Benefit You?

Home care is an excellent way to provide the necessary support to seniors or loved ones whilst also maintaining independence and the comfort of home. Home care services on the Mornington Peninsula allow you to enjoy the benefits of in-home care and help which specifically caters to your needs. Continue reading “How Can Home Care Benefit You?”

How Home Care Can Give Elderly People Companionship

Isolation and loneliness are often very real issues faced by our elderly. This is quite common and can be due to a number of different reasons. It may be they are living alone, or family aren’t living nearby or friends have downsized and relocated closer to their grandchildren. It may also be because a person is no longer driving and public transport isn’t a great option. Fortunately, there are some great solutions to help our elderly socialise and reduce feelings of loneliness.

A great option is a home care package (HCP). A home care package is a government-subsidised program that provides long-term support for older people living at home and this support can come in many different forms. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support is a provider of home care and to talk to you about how to obtain an HCP and assist you in the process.

Providers of home care can help maintain people’s health and wellness as well as uplift their spirits. The companionship carers provide can alleviate the loneliness that living alone brings. Aside from providing medical assistance and helping in the implementation of specialised care plans, home care providers can also assist your loved ones to get involved in activities they enjoy. Such as accompanying clients on their outdoor exercises like walking the dog around the neighbourhood or helping them with their weekly grocery shop. Home care providers can also transport clients when visiting friends and attending appointments.

Visits from home care providers can be arranged for and adapted to suit each individual client’s needs. Flexible home care makes all the difference in keeping our seniors happy and well looked after.

Even weekly visits from carers can make such a huge difference. Often, even just conversations while the carer completes their work can boost spirits and make their day so much better. Accompanying clients on errands not only brightens their day but also provides the comfort and joy they crave. These simple activities and hobbies that have been taken up with a trusted caregiver help our seniors feel cared for and less lonely.

Are you looking for flexible and highly competent home care services on the Mornington Peninsula for your loved ones? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer retirement living and aged care services on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.