Live-In Care Helps Your GP?
Whether an elderly person is infirm, struggling with mobility, living with a complex condition such as dementia or simply in need of some company, the services and support of a live in professional carer can make all the difference. It can make a difference to the lives of the friends and family of the person in question, too.
Live in care also has another benefit: a huge benefit to the medical profession. There are several reasons why this is the case.
Having a carer at home can save GPs valuable time. Trained and experienced carers working for quality home care companies are able to help elderly people through periods of mild illness, for example if they have a cold or a cough. An elderly person living alone might worry about the cold or cough and go and see the doctor. It is usually the case that doctors cannot prescribe anything for colds and coughs apart from the usual over-the-counter remedies. A carer looking after an elderly person with a mild illness can deal with it for them and prevent unnecessary visits to doctors, therefore saving the doctor valuable consultation time.
What's more, a carer is able to collect prescriptions, go and buy medicines and other medical supplies on behalf of the person they are caring for. This ensures the individual's medication is managed efficiently and effectively again preventing unnecessary trips to the doctors and providing reassurance for all the family.
Conversely, a professional carer who has expertise in the delivery of care in the home and knows the medical concerns of the person they are caring for through establishing a comprehensive care plan is better able to spot when an elderly person needs urgent medical attention. Elderly people who live alone often suffer medical traumas by themselves. By the time somebody finds them, it may be too late to help. A carer can call an ambulance as soon as an elderly person gets into difficulties. This gives medical teams as much time as possible to ensure the individual gets the right treatment at the right place. As we all know, the earlier a condition is spotted, the easier it is for a doctor to treat it.
Live in care also helps medical practitioners ensure continuity of care. When an elderly person stays at home, they can keep visiting the same GP, dentist and other professionals and so on. Medical professionals who know a patient and their history are better equipped to treat their patients knowledgeably and effectively.
Live in care is also beneficial for the mental health of a patient. The chances of depression may be lessened when a person is able to stay living in their own home in a familiar environment rather than moving them into a care home. Patients with better mental health benefit both physically and mentally, as good mental health often promotes a healthy body and improves wellbeing, whilst a negative mental state can lead more easily to physical ailments. Individuals in a good frame of mind may make less frequent trips to the doctor and when they do they may be more receptive to treatment and easier to work with. These are all significant benefits to those working in the medical profession and can help alleviate the burden of delivering care to the elderly through the provision of continuous one-to-one care in the home.
Laura Luckett works for The Good Care Group, a professional provider of high quality live-in care services that enables elderly people to stay safely and happily in their own home for as long as possible, maintaining independence and dignity.