Caring for an elderly, ill or infirm relative at home can be a stressful and strenuous experience. We’ve compiled some useful information and advice for home care, to try and make life a little bit easier.
Useful Information and Advice for Home Care in Chelmsford, Essex
Elderly people are at a high risk of falling due to poor balance. The health implications of a fall for an older person are rarely minor. Fall prevention is the best strategy, so it is important that a home carer understands fall risks in the home, how to prevent these, and what to do in the case of a fall.
Common hazards in the home that lead to falls include:
Make sure that the home is kept free from these hazards to avoid falls wherever possible.
In the event of a fall, it is important that you remain as calm as possible and correctly assess the situation. If the person does not appear injured and feels strong enough to stand, then help them onto a nearby chair and give them time to recover. If you suspect the person is injured, encourage them not to move and call 999.
The NHS choices website provides further information on falls, including likely causes and prevention.
Support for carers
Meeting home help costs
Home carers may be entitled to a range of financial benefits to help you meet home help costs. These vary depending on individual income, expenses and circumstances. They may include:
GOV.UK provides more information about carers and disability benefits.