Do you find it hard to ask for help?
Most of us find it hard to ask for help but there are professional carer’s available to help around the home.
A professional home carer is a person trained to look after someone in their own home for varying lengths of time.
There are many reasons for a carer in the home, it may be because of old age, disability, an illness or an injury.
A Carer will help around the home for varied amounts of time. People may need help for half an hour per day, others may need visits of two – four hours per day. Every situation is different and is altered to suit the needs of the client.
Every client has different needs but the following tasks are most common to be carried out by the carer.
1. Helping with bathing, washing hair, incontinence and dressing. Clients sometimes require help with moving into a correct position or getting gentle walking exercise.
2. Light housekeeping such as changing bedlinen, making beds, cleaning kitchen and bathroom, ironing and preparing meals.
3. Reminding clients to take their medication.
4. Running errands such as picking up prescriptions or posting letters at the post office. The carer can complete these errands or accompany the client.
5. Bringing a client on a walk to the park or around the shops or spending time with them doing their favourite hobby such as crosswords or looking at old photographs.
6. Providing respite care for family carers and getting to know them all well.
7. Helping those with dementia on a short term or long term basis completing their daily routine.
Companionship is important therefore it is nice to have a cheery and positive carer.
A home carer will have a professional qualification or will be completing their
training with a QQI accredited training provider.
Follow the links below for more information about home carers.