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6 Ways That 24-Hour Care is Beneficial

By Homewatch CareGivers, LLC

What to Know When It's Time for 24-hour Care

It’s one thing to ask for a little help with daily activities in the home, but getting 24-hour care can be intimidating at first.

Around-the-clock care can be needed for the following reasons:

  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Support of hospice and palliative care
  • Chronic conditions such as dementia that may include symptoms such as wandering
  • Increased fall risk

A trained caregiver can help with bathing assistance, grooming, meal preparation, toileting, medication reminders, transportation to medical appointments, and more when 24-hour care is needed.

Whatever the need, there are benefits to receiving 24-hour care in the home for yourself or a loved, either temporarily or for an extended period of time:

  1. Family caregivers can get much-needed rest when there is a professional caregiver as part of the team. This is called Respite Care, and it allows friends and family to take care of themselves when a loved needs overnight care as well as daytime assistance. As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” and a caregiver cannot truly be helpful if they are not getting good sleep and exercise to recharge.
  2. When someone becomes more confined to their home due to age or illness, a companion caregiver can lift their spirits. Loneliness does not need to be added to illness and people can truly benefit from a kind smile and friendly conversation. There can be give and take in a care partnership, where someone who is in need of care can still feel valued and share their experiences and knowledge with their caregiver.
  3. Call it peace of mind, being reassured, having a safety plan, whatever you prefer, but it comes down to the fact that a compassionate and trained caregiver can provider more security. Illness and age can create vulnerability and someone who is in a weaker condition may need the eyes, ears, and extra set of hands for improved well-being. A falls risk assessment in the home can help to determine how simple changes can be made to make the environment safer for everyone involved in care.
  4. When someone is transitioning from a hospital to home or from a rehabilitation center to home, it can be reassuring to have a caregiver who is with them through all of it. This caregiver can observe any changes and share concerns with the family to communicate to the health care provider.
  5. Something as simple as making sure medications are taken at the correct times and doses can be the difference between a trajectory of getting better or being readmitted to the hospital. A caregiver can stay on top of medication reminders as well as meal preparation to encourage noticeable improvements.
  6. Not all forms of care can come to the home so that’s why it’s beneficial to have a reliable caregiver who can provide transportation to and from medical appointments, whether to a physical therapist or the primary care provider. In order to fully heal, follow-up appointments and adherence to prescribed therapies are critical.

See if 24-hour care could benefit you and your family today.