Why You Should Consider Home Care During Lockdown

Juggling your daily commitments whilst taking care of your senior loved ones during the COVID-19 lockdown? Here are 6 reasons why you should consider home care for your loved ones at home.

by Raihan Rahman

Home Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since our first run-in with COVID-19, the stress and anxiety experienced during lockdown are not uncommon. However, the added pressure of being a caregiver to your children and/or your senior loved ones may take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. If you have considered getting assistance for your daily responsibilities, here are six reasons why you should consider home care for your senior loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Flexibility and Convenience

Home care or in-home care services allow your senior loved ones to receive assistance for their day-to-day activities in the comfort of their own home. These include activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:

  • Meal prepping
  • Eating and drinking
  • Showering or bathing
  • Getting dressed
  • Toileting
  • Help with medication

If you have been finding it difficult to manage your time between work and providing care for your loved ones, a trained caregiver can help to alleviate the pressure at home. Home care services can also provide greater flexibility if you only need help for a certain amount of time, every day. Compared to a live-in helper, who you may need to consider a living space and fixed monthly earning; a caregiver that comes and goes based on your needs can help to ensure that your loved ones are receiving support at the most crucial time. 

During this time, keeping up with their medical check-ups and vaccinations are crucial. Family and friends are not always available to lend a helping hand if you are not able to accompany your loved ones to an appointment. This is especially true for vaccination appointments that you may not be able to choose based on your availability.

If you are unable to make time for your senior’s medical or vaccination appointment, a trained caregiver or nurse can help to accompany them to their appointments.

2. Specialised and Personalised Care

As your loved ones age, they may require more specialised assistance that would require skilled professionals. If your senior loved ones need more specialised or technical care, they can also benefit from home care. A trained professional or nurse may be able to provide vital nursing procedures right at your doorstep, without the hassle of arranging transport and catering to bedridden or post-surgical individuals. These include:

  • Tube / Catheter Care
  • Medication Administration
  • NGT/PEG Feeding
  • Respiratory Care 
  • Wound Care 
  • Stoma Care 
  • Injections
  • Oral/Tracheal Suctioning

A trained nurse will also be able to monitor your loved one’s condition closely and advise you on the necessary steps to ensure your senior’s health and well-being are taken care of. Your senior loved ones will also be receiving one-on-one attention and personalised care based on their needs.

3. Companionship

Seniors facing isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic may be more susceptible to depression and anxiety. In the long run, loneliness and feeling of isolation can also lead to premature death. Many seniors may feel an increased sense of isolation from the outside world, especially if they have spent most of their time indoors during the pandemic. 

A regular visit from a caregiver can provide them with some much-needed companionship. For individuals living with dementia, the added structure and routine can also be particularly helpful. During this time, a caregiver can also assist in reminding your seniors of hygiene practices and can help you look for any signs of progression in their medical conditions.

4. Returning Home during the Pandemic

If you recently travelled back to Malaysia to look after your ageing parents, the stress of working from home whilst taking care of your loved ones may be impacting your day-to-day life. A trained caregiver or nurse may be able to lend a helping hand to you and your loved ones during this difficult time. If you are finding it hard to manage your own responsibilities and your responsibilities as a caregiver, a secondary caregiver might be the best option for you. Since you may not require assistance all the time, the caregiver can step in during your most busy times to help with anything that your loved ones’ may need.

5. Comfort and Ease

Unlike a nursing home or independent care facility, having a caregiver or nurse come to your home will provide you and your senior loved ones with a greater sense of security and comfort. Your senior loved ones are able to age in place and in an environment where they are familiar and feel the most comfortable. Moreover, you are able to have complete access to your loved ones without the need to travel. It may also be the more cost-effective option if you are looking for a short-term care solution.

6. Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

During the pandemic and lockdown, you may be more likely to experience caregiver burnout. Since all of our time is spent at home, caregivers may find it difficult to allocate time to rest and recharge. In order to avoid caregiver burnout, you may consider a fill-in carer to help avoid compassion fatigue. 

The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming during this time and caregivers oftentimes need rest in order to provide the best care for their loved ones. Some much-needed respite care might be the best solution for you in order to recuperate from caregiver burnout.

Other Senior Living Options

Other than home care, you may also consider other living options during this pandemic such as nursing homes. This type of living option may be best suited for seniors that are more independent and enjoy socialising. Here are some nursing homes you may consider:

  1. Jasper Lodge – nursing homes in Johor, Penang, Selangor, Kuching and Kuantan
  2. Laman Khaira – nursing home in Putrajaya
  3. MintyGreen Wellness – nursing homes in, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang
  4. Attia Care Centre – nursing homes in, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Ipoh
  5. GreenAcres Retirement Village – a retirement community in Ipoh

Ultimately, the best option depends on what you and your senior loved ones feel is the best for the family dynamic at home. In order to figure out the best long-term and short-term solution for your family,  encourage open and honest conversations with your loved ones before coming to a decision on the living arrangements.

References

  1. Wu, B. (2020) “Social isolation and loneliness among older adults in the context of COVID-19: a global challenge,” Global health research and policy, 5(1), p. 27.
About the Writer
Raihan Rahman
Raihan loves psychological thriller books and horror movies but sleeps with a night light, lest the monsters get her.
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