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Considering Care for Someone

7th June

Life occasionally throws difficult conversations into our hands. One of which may be a discussion with our parents/relatives or friends about their lifestyle and how they are coping with day-to-day tasks as they become older. There are many signs we may recognise or need to look out for if you are concerned about someone:

• a decline in health

• more help needed around the home

• assistance needed with washing and getting dressed

• eating a well-balanced diet

• loneliness

Signs of forgetfulness, difficulty to carry out day to day tasks. Of course, we want the best for our loved ones or friends. Being safe, avoiding accidents, living in comfortable surroundings and of course being cared for is a priority.

Make sure you let them know that that you care and want the best for them. It’s equally as important to discuss the concerns and options before moving forward to the next step of making enquiries about the options available.

Living alone can be lonely, which doesn’t help our self-esteem. A nutritional diet and hydration is an important factor to our well-being. Research shows that hydration can help reduce the risk of falls and illnesses such as urinary infections. Many older people don’t feel thirsty or forget to drink enough. Dehydration can lead to dizziness or feeling light-headed, which may cause a fall or other areas that affect their health.

If you have areas of concern for anyone living alone or looking after someone maybe, it’s worth looking at the options. A good place to start is respite, this will help them ease into a new way of spending their days in a new environment. Time to make new friends and enjoy the activities that may be offered. Fresh food cooked so they have a balanced healthy diet prepared each day. These benefits may help them feel safer in an environment where 24/7 care is available. It’s also piece of mind for family or friends. It also allows the carer/family time to relax and enjoy some time to themselves without the worry.

Short introductions to other residents will help them settle, listening to different experiences of moving into a residential home. Joining in with activities, also keeps the brain stimulated which has cognitive and emotional values.

Family and friends are integral to care home residents’ wellbeing. Relationships underpin everyone’s personality; therefore, ongoing communication is so important. Encouragement to enjoy a new environment and make new friends. A residential home also allows you to continue to go out to the shops, continue your own social activities outside of the home.

Swarthmore takes great pride in providing person-centred residential, respite and end of life care over the age of 65. The home is characterful, peaceful, and homely with stunning gardens to enjoy through the seasons. An environment to enjoy with fellow residents, two activities per day which include days out, crafts, poetry and more. Nutritional food cooked fresh each day; a balanced diet with choices to suit all requirements. We are close to the town centre with many shops and restaurants and major transport routes. If you are considering care for anyone, feel free to give Swarthmore a call to discuss the needs and book a viewing with Sally on telephone 01753 885663, Option 1.

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