Each and every one of us has drives, passions, and things that we love doing, and this is something that doesn’t change as we get older. There are still things to learn and explore, we may just need a little more support. It is not uncommon to be as mentally sharp and keen as we always were but to be feeling a little stiffer or less steady on our feet. This is where Community Care comes in; designed to enable the elderly in our community to remain in their homes leading full lives, yet with the support and assistance of visiting helpers where needed.
While the benefits and rewards of community care will be slightly different for each individual, let’s take a look at just a few ways in which it can keep older people enjoying their everyday lives for longer.
As we get older, socialisation can become far more important and less accessible. Community care offers older people the comfort of a familiar, friendly face who will regularly call in to help around the house, or just provide some company.
Through regular visits of either a support worker or nurse, community care enables the elderly to remain self-sufficient and independent in their home for longer. It also provides a break for family members or friends who may be also providing regular care.
By ensuring consistency in staff, community care provides a familiar face to clients. They get to know each individual support worker and establish a trusting, friendly relationship with them. This builds confidence and alleviates trepidation.
Meal preparation can become more difficult as we get older. This can sometimes lead to skimping on meals and perhaps falling behind in optimum nutrition. Community care workers can assist with both menu planning and meal preparation.
Weekly shopping trips can be a valuable and enjoyable part of the community care experience. Aside from simply ensuring that meals and supplies are taken care of, these trips can also provide some socialising and companionship outside the house.
Community Care offers social programs which assist with socialisation and community connection. These may be formal, planned events or casual get-togethers for a chat and catch-up over coffee.
Keeping strong and mobile are priorities for those living independently. Wellbeing programs, group fitness routines and physiotherapy are just a few of the amenities provided through community care to keep body and mind in good shape. These are particularly helpful to those recuperating from an accident or surgery.
Another great benefit is having someone to assist around the home. This can include light housework or minor repairs such as changing a light bulb or simply washing the dishes.
Things which were once taken for granted such as showering, dressing or shaving may become more difficult under certain circumstances. Community Care workers can provide assistance with personal care and hygiene requirements.
Collaborative Care means having the benefit of a case manager who will be conversant with each client’s particular needs and level of ableness. This can provide a personalised care program, tailored to individual needs.
For those with a pet, Community Care workers can assist with feeding, grooming or exercising.
Sometimes Community Care can simply mean having a friendly face come over for a chat, enjoy a cup of tea and perhaps play a game or share a book.
Community Care can offer a seamless transition into more structured care programs at a later date if needed. These may be respite care or full-time residential care. By accessing Community Care the pathway to higher care modalities can be simply transitioned to, if or when the need arises.
Care Call services can provide community care residents and their families with peace of mind, knowing that there is always someone on hand ready to help. In recent times, the value of reassurance is becoming increasingly appreciated.
Besides day-to-day tasks, Community Care can also provide specialist clinical care and home nursing visits for those feeling under the weather.
Having someone available to drive to doctors’ appointments, pick up medication or transport patients to hospital check-ups, is an invaluable asset for those recovering from surgery.
It can be comforting for family members to know that a Community Care worker can assist with monitoring and administering medication in elderly relatives when required.
Through this wonderful program, the elderly are encouraged to participate, socialise and interact with their community. Fees are based on asset and income assessments and can be government subsidised. For relatives and friends of an older person, it is comforting to know that there is a service which provides support, care and connection to those we care about.