The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare
The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

As we age, regular exercise and physical therapy become increasingly important for our health and independence. Seniors receiving homecare can greatly benefit from having access to an active lifestyle that is tailored to their individual needs. The benefits of exercise and physical therapy for seniors receiving homecare are vast.

Regular physical activity helps to maintain strength, mobility, memory skills, and coordination between mind and body movements, which can all improve the overall quality of life. With targeted exercises at home, many senior citizens are able to live the life they want to have, independent, mobile, and free from pain.

Improved Physical Function

The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

Exercise and physical therapy can help maintain or improve physical function, including strength, flexibility, and balance, making it easier to perform daily activities and prevent debilitating injuries from occurring. With homecare, physical therapy sessions can be tailored to address specific needs and concerns, whether it be improving balance to prevent falls or exercises to help in the recovery from an injury or surgery, leading to an improved quality of life. This all helps seniors to stay active, and independent and enhances their overall well-being.

  • Increased Strength and Balance: Aging often leads to a loss of muscle mass and strength, which can result in decreased balance and an increased risk of falls. Exercise and physical therapy programs can help build and maintain muscle strength, enhancing balance and reducing the risk of falls.
  • Weight Management: Those who engage in regular exercise are more equipt to manage their weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
  • Prevention of Muscle and Bone Loss: Seniors are prone to muscle atrophy and bone density loss, which can result in weakness and fractures. Exercise, particularly weight-bearing activities, can help prevent these issues.

Did You Know?

Older adults in receipt of formal home support services have expressed a preference for being physically active through the activities they enjoy, such as walking and gardening, rather than engaging in structured exercise programs.

Pain Management

The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

Pain management is a crucial aspect of healthcare, particularly for seniors who may experience chronic pain due to age-related conditions such as arthritis or discomfort from injuries and surgeries. Exercise and physical therapy can be valuable components of a comprehensive management strategy. Not only can it help manage pain, but it can also enhance independence. Being able to perform daily tasks can provide a sense of empowerment and control over one’s life. Through these practices, it is easier to engage in activities that are enjoyable.

  • Education and Self-Management: Physical therapists educate seniors about their conditions, pain triggers, and strategies for self-management. Teaching techniques such as proper body mechanics, posture, and ergonomic adjustments to reduce pain in daily activities.
  • Post-Surgery Recovery: Many people receive homecare after surgeries, such as joint replacements or orthopedic procedures. Physical therapy plays a critical role in post-surgery recovery by guiding patients through exercises and techniques to regain strength and mobility while managing pain.
  • Prevention of Secondary Health Issues: Chronic pain can lead to secondary health issues such as depression, sleep disturbances, and reduced physical activity. By effectively managing pain through exercise and physical therapy, seniors can reduce the risk of these associated problems.

Enhanced Independence

The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy for Seniors Receiving Homecare

Not only does regular physical activity help to prevent illness and improve mental health, but it can also provide enhanced independence in order to continue living comfortably at home. This results in the confidence to meet friends and family knowing that they are fit and strong enough to do so. It reduces a reliance on caregivers for daily tasks and reinvigorates independence which is so important to live a stress-free, happy life.

  • Cognitive Benefits: Regular physical activity has been shown to have cognitive benefits, such as improved memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help to make better decisions about care and daily routines, further promoting independence.
  • Social Interaction: Participating in group exercise classes or physical therapy sessions gives opportunities for social interaction. These interactions can combat social isolation and contribute to a sense of independence and community.
  • Home Safety: Physical therapists can assess the home environment to identify potential safety hazards and recommend modifications to reduce the risk of accidents, this further promotes independence.

Homecare with Care 24-7

• The Care 24-7 team use the right skills and knowledge to establish the kind of homecare needed.
• Whether this be related to physical therapy or medication management.
• Our team works with local NHS, council and private clients to ensure that person-centred care plans are developed.
• This level of care means you can stay in the right place, your home and remain independent for longer.

It is important for seniors to maintain their dignity and self-sufficiency as they age. Not only can it help maintain health but it also offers the potential for a higher quality of life. It can be challenging to find activities which are appropriate and meaningful for older adults at this crucial stage in their lives, however with the right resources and support, they can thrive.

Exercise and physical therapy sessions give seniors an extra boost of confidence knowing they’re still able to do something active and be proactive in their healthcare. Homecare is designed for those who need a little extra assistance maintaining independence while ensuring they are comfortable, safe, and supported throughout their daily lives. With the right care available to them, they can feel empowered, invigorated, and healthy.

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5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Maintain Their Independence at Home

5 tips on finding the right homecare provider
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5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Maintain Their Independence at Home

As our parents and grandparents age, it is important to create an environment that nurtures their independence for longer. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this and with our 5 ways to help your loved one maintain their independence at home, families can ensure they maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible.

1. Safety modifications

As our loved ones age, their safety becomes a top priority. It can be a difficult and emotional transition when they begin to require modifications to their home environment but with their help, they can continue to live comfortably in their homes. These changes can include anything from grab bars in the bathroom to ramps for wheelchair accessibility. With compassion and understanding, the following adjustments can be made to their homes and provide the peace of mind they deserve.

  • Grab bars: installed in key areas like bathrooms, hallways and bedrooms to provide extra support and stability.
  • Improved lighting: sufficient lighting helps to prevent falls and accidents at night time.
  • Stair lifts: can make it easy for your loved one to move around their home. This prevents a risk of falls.
  • Bathroom modifications: from non-slip mats to raised toilet seats and walk-in showers, these can prevent accidents.
  • Wheelchair ramps: installing ramps makes it easier to enter and leave their house when using a mobility aid. This allows them to move around more freely.

Speaking with an Occupational Therapist or carrying out research, can really help when deciding what kind of modifications to make that will benefit everyone involved. You can contact your healthcare professional about a referral for an Occupational Therapist.

2. Stay connected

As families of elderly loved ones, our primary goal is to ensure their well-being and quality of life. Staying connected is critical whether they need to contact a family member or have an emergency they need help with. This can be done through the following ways:

  • Videos calls: allow family members to stay in touch without intruding on their space.
  • Alarm systems: help them to feel safer while living alone. These can be personalised fall alarms or house alarms.
  • Youtube videos: provides assistance with exercise routines and personal development videos.
  • In-home cameras: provides a sense of security as to who might be entering their home.
  • Telehealth services: provides them with medical support through video calls where their medical needs can be catered to.

By building a support network with family, friends and care providers, they can feel empowered to take charge of their lives. It helps our loved ones maintain their independence at home and leads to healthy, happier lives.

Did You know?

All regions in England are projected to have a greater proportion of people aged 65 years and over by mid-2028.

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Maintain Their Independence at Home

3. Homecare services

Homecare services can be a great option for your loved one for many reasons. Working with experienced caregivers and through personalised support it can meet their unique needs and preferences. With the right care plan in place, it helps them to maintain their sense of self while also providing peace of mind for everyone involved.

At Care 24-7, we are committed to supporting independence, dignity and privacy and our staff are fully trained to provide care that promotes health, safety and wellbeing.

Some of our homecare services:

Personal homecare:
• Bathing, showering and meal preparation.
• Medication support or management.

Practical homecare:
• Respite for family carers.
• Collecting pension and paying bills.

You can trust and have confidence knowing your loved one is in safe hands with competent homecare that takes pride in delivering high quality care. Allowing your loved one to stay in the right place, their home.

4. Delivery services

Delivery services can bring the essentials right to their doorstep so they get what they need without having to leave the comfort and safety of their own home. With so many great delivery options available, there’s never been a better time to explore these services. Deliveries can come in the form of:

  • Weekly food shop deliveries.
  • Meals delivered from their favourite restaurants.
  • Medication deliveries from pharmacies and doctors.

This allows them to feel like they are accomplishing what they need to do on their own and within their own homes. Not only does this help them feel more in control of their lives, but it puts everyone’s mind at ease, knowing that they have everything they need without having to navigate unfamiliar stores or public spaces

5. Promote physical activities

One of the most effective ways families can support their loved ones in staying independent is through regular exercise and by taking up hobbies. Engaging in physical activity can increase strength, improve balance and coordination, and boost energy levels. It can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, which can help minimise the risk of depression and dementia. Other health benefits include reducing the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and arthritis. Physical activities don’t have to be too strenuous and can come in the form of:

  • Walking: even a walk around the garden can help to boost morale.
  • Tai Chi: provides relief from arthritis and improves balance, stability, and flexibility.
  • Light yoga: this can be done at home and helps to improve co-ordination and mental clarity.
  • Painting: boosts morale and keeps them mentally busy. Also helps with co-ordination and focus.

By encouraging elderly relatives to adopt a regular exercise routine, they will be better equipped to continue living independently and enjoying the things they love. Exercising at home is a convenient and effective solution. with the right guidance, support, and equipment.

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Maintain Their Independence at Home

Through the above 5 steps, from safety modifications to promoting physical activities, your loved one will be living an independent life, safe in the knowledge they are still being well cared for. With thoughtful proactive planning and the implementation of these tips, you can provide your loved one with a dignified home life as they age. At Care 24-7, our aim is to help you achieve this.

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Congratulations to Karen Thornton as the New Director of Care 24-7

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Congratulations to Karen Thornton as the New Director of Care 24-7

Congratulations to Karen Thornton on receiving her promotion as the new Director of Care 24-7. Her commitment and dedication to home care is truly admired by everyone in Care 24-7, Servisource and CPL. We decided to interview Karen about how her journey into home care began and how she progressed to Director of such a respected organisation.

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Congratulations Karen, you must be very proud. I’m sure it has been an eventful 20 years. Can you tell us a bit about what it was like when you first began your journey at Care 24-7?

I have worked in social care all my life. I moved into home care (domiciliary care) in 1985 working for Bradford Council. I then progressed my career to Area Manager with a £3m budget, which was a lot of money in 2001. 

I am passionate about care for people in their own homes (whether a child or adult) so when work conversations changed to cost of care rather than choice of where to live, I decided it was time to step back. The independent sector lacked expertise in the industry, so I put my money where my mouth was and opened Care 24-7 with my wonderful business partner, Jeanette Emmett. 

On the 4th of February 2001, we sat in the cold empty office, with no money, no clients, no staff and no contracts.

Can you tell us how you developed Care 24-7 from these humble beginnings?

Well….the first step was to gain accreditation with the local authority, then we proceeded to recruit the first 10 care workers and target hospital discharge care packages and private clients. Once we were established and had evidence of financial stability and a high quality of standards of care, Care 24-7 went from strength to strength. Proudly winning business through the tender process initially in Bradford and then Leeds. 

“Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of congratulations and shared kind words. It is very much appreciated.”
-Karen

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Can you tell us more about your role within the company and what this promotion means for you?

Since joining CPL and the Servisource family, I have been on a constant learning curve which has been really exciting. I’ve managed and overseen the transition of Care 24-7, bringing the business into alignment with the culture and core values of Servisource and the CPL Group.

I have grown the business organically and through the acquisition, I now look forward to expanding our footprint in the UK. I joined the SLT last year whereby I have taken steps towards playing a key role in developing and implementing operational and strategic plans. I look forward to advancing my knowledge and skills of all the different business lines while meeting new colleagues along the way.

What is your favourite memory from your time working with Care 24-7?

A particular highlight was the development of Strategic Strategy and presenting at the companywide meeting held in Dundalk.  It was the first trip to Dundalk following the ease of restrictions and it was wonderful meeting people face to face for the first time. 

Can you describe what is has been like to join the Servisource family?

From day one everyone was so welcoming and supportive. I enjoy the culture and the great values the Servisource team represents.

How would you describe the work culture in Care 24-7?

Home care is constantly busy therefore the team has to bring their intelligence and energy to work. We enjoy the graft, have fun and relish the success and challenges. We are client focused as everyone here passionately believes that people should stay at home safely with the highest standard of quality care and support.

What is your favourite part of this job?

I have an entrepreneurial spirit which means I thrive on innovation, problem solving and managing change. Obviously, I enjoy celebrating success too!

A special message from Karen’s colleague and friend:

I have worked with Karen for nearly 11 years . She is a very friendly, approachable, supportive manager with a good sense of humor. She is very knowledgeable and always willing to help and support you in any situation that occurs. 

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for someone starting their career in the healthcare sector?

Whether you’re a frontline worker or a director, it is always important to promote the well-being of the person using the services as your real main focus and purpose of duty. This means our services provide care with a real sense of personal worth, control of lives, the feeling of being valued and trust that all will be well in life. Get this right and you will find your career extremely rewarding.

And finally, how will you celebrate your achievement as Director?

I’ve celebrated with the team and friends but intend to raise a glass of pink champagne with my family in Australia very soon.

Thank you to Karen for taking the time to answer these questions. It is great to get an insight into the home care industry and the effort that is made each day in sustaining such an admirable business. We wish you the best and here’s to many more successful years in your new position as Director.

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Understanding Types of Homecare Services

5 tips on finding the right homecare provider

Understanding the Different Types of Home Care Services

Home care services, also known as domiciliary care, are when care staff travel to the homes of people in need of assistance. This care is arranged through the local council or through private agencies. They come in the form of healthcare jobs that provide assistance with activities of daily living and healthcare to individuals in their own homes. They cover a wide range of services such as personal care, respite care, and end-of-life care.

With the right knowledge and education, healthcare professionals, caregivers, and families can all make informed decisions on how to best provide care and assistance to a loved one living at home. By understanding the different types of home care services available, everyone can better work towards improving the quality of life for those who need it most.

Personal Care

Personal care is a home care service that provides assistance to individuals with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and hygiene needs. It is designed to help seniors, those with disabilities, or anyone that needs assistance to maintain independence in their own home.

This type of care also includes meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, errands, and companionship. Personal care attendants can provide assistance with mobility and transfers, as well as provide assistance with activities of daily living, such as meal planning and grocery shopping. They can also provide medication reminders and help with medication administration.

Additionally, personal care attendants can provide transportation to medical appointments and social activities, as well as help with organizing and maintaining personal records and bills. They can also offer emotional support, comfort, and safety for individuals who require assistance.

Personal care for elderly woman and the different types of homecare services.

Types of Personal Care include:

  • Bathing/Grooming Assistance
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Meal Preparation

Care 24-7

People who use our services range from older people, to those with physical disabilities, people with dementia or those who are nearing the end of their life. Care is also available for those who are returning from a stay in hospital offering respite for family carers.

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Respite Care

Understanding the different types of homecare with elderly woman and nurse

Respite care is short-term relief for primary caregivers, allowing them to take a break from their caregiving duties. It can be provided in a variety of settings, including in-home care, adult day services, or overnight care in a facility. Respite care can be arranged on a temporary or more permanent basis. This depends on the needs of the caregiver and the care recipient.

This service guarantees that your loved one will be looked after by a qualified healthcare provider, providing peace of mind to the main caregiver, who may be a relative and is unable to provide care for a certain amount of time.

Caring for a loved one full-time can be an emotionally, physically, and mentally draining experience. It can be difficult to manage a full-time caregiving role while also tending to other responsibilities, such as family and work obligations. In these cases, respite care can provide a much-needed break for family members who are providing care, knowing their loved one is in safe and capable hands. This rest period can be used to attend to other duties, or simply take some time to relax and recharge.

Respite care also provides an opportunity for the family member to get a better understanding of the care their loved one needs, allowing them to make informed decisions about the best care support for their loved one in the future.

Dementia Care

Dementia care services can be provided through home care services. Home care services allow a person with dementia to receive care and support in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Assistance can include help with daily living activities (such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation), help with managing medications, and can also be a source of companionship. It is care that focuses on the emotional and psychological needs of the individual.

Services may include:

  • Supervision and safety monitoring: Ensures alarms are functioning and house safety features are installed.
  • Assistance with activities of daily living: Assistance with bathing and cleaning.
  • Assistance with nutrition and meal preparation: Ensures medicine and food is taken correctly.
  • Cognitive stimulation activities: Such as puzzle making, creating art or listening to music.

If you would like to read more about dementia and in-home care, our blog The Benefits of In-Home Care for Elderly Adults with Dementia will provide more information.

If you’d like to gain a better understanding of dementia and the advantages of in-home care for elderly people suffering from it, our blog post about these topics is a great resource to look into.

End-of-Life Care

End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is care that is provided to an individual who is in the last stages of life. It is often provided by home care services and typically includes physical, emotional, and spiritual support. End-of-care services can range from providing comfort and companionship to helping with medical and practical tasks to providing help with daily living activities.

End-of-care services also involves providing support to the individual and their family during this difficult time. This includes assistance in planning end-of-life wishes as well as providing emotional and spiritual support. Benefits of this type of care include:

Flexibility: It allows patients to remain in familiar surroundings, surrounded by family and friends, while still receiving specialised medical and emotional care.

Cost Savings: Generally speaking, palliative care at home is less expensive than care in a hospital or hospice.

Quality of Life: Many people prefer to stay in the familiar environment of their own home, where they can maintain the hobbies, activities, and routines that they value while feeling comfortable.

If you are considering in-home care for yourself or a loved one, it is important to understand the different types of services available and what each type of service entails.

Having a thorough understanding of the different types of in-home care available and their associated benefits can help you make an informed decision about what type of care is best for you and your loved one. Consider the various types of in-home care services such as companionship, personal care, and medical care and assess which type is most appropriate for your particular situation. Research the credentials and experience of any potential in-home care providers and ask questions to ensure that you are comfortable with the person providing care for your loved one.

In addition, look into the cost of in-home care services and what type of insurance coverage is available, if any, to help cover the costs. With this information on hand, you can make an informed decision about the type of in-home care that is best for you and your loved one’s needs.

Considering in-home care, contact us today.