The benefit to an elderly person’s wellbeing of continuing to live in their own home cannot be overstated. That said, there are many safety considerations that need to be addressed in order to facilitate this without risking their health or safety. The presence of a live-in carer can mitigate many of these risks, because they are trained in home safety as well as personal care.
Relatives or friends who perform unpaid care duties for elderly loved ones are more likely to become distressed than care professionals, a report released in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal has stated.
Winter has firmly set in, with the mercury dropping below 0°C for the first time in January. Here's why this can be a lonely, frightening time for elderly people, including increased risks of becoming ill or injured, and how to minimise these risks.
Research by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found that elderly care receivers are reluctant to refer instances of poor health care provision through official channels as a result of a lack of information or through fear of reprisals.