Helping the elderly remain independent and living well can sometimes be a major challenge. If your loved one’s needs can no longer be met at home, it may be inevitable that additional, probably residential, care will be required. But when is a good time to start extra levels of care?
We understand that it can be difficult to decide when it is best to find a full-time care home to ensure that they can live comfortably and happily. Read on to find out the importance of early intervention for elderly care, from Country Lodge, a nursing home in West Sussex.
What is early intervention?
Early intervention is taking action at the right time to support the health and comfort of your loved ones as they get older. This will most likely involve you finding a suitable nursing home to support their needs, and having them settle into care a little earlier than maybe you’d planned.
When should you consider early intervention?
The term ‘early intervention’ signifies that you should intervene before their mental or physical health deteriorates too much and puts their health and safety at risk. You should never wait until an accident occurs before seeking elderly care for help.
Early intervention might be the best choice if they have:
- Suffered a significant deterioration in their mental health, such as signs of dementia, which may limit their ability to stay in their own home.
- Shown signs of loneliness, isolation or depression – this is common with elderly people living alone or when family members live far away.
- Shown signs of significant deterioration, caused by an illness or a fall. This might be to do with their physical health or mobility.
- Experienced the loss of help from a partner, relative or neighbour. Normal day-to-day tasks might become too much of a challenge to cope with alone.
If you notice any of the above signs, you may wish to seek early intervention to help them live in a secure and comfortable environment. One way to try it is to come for a respite holiday of a few weeks before you commit to a longer stay. If you’re still unsure if your loved one is ready for elderly care in a nursing home, or you would like more information, please contact our team here >>
Benefits of early intervention for elderly care
We understand that making the big decision to put your loved one in a care home is not an easy one. With the help of early intervention in elderly care, you can have peace of mind knowing the following:
- Increased safety: At our nursing home in West Sussex, there is always staff around to help at any time, day or night.
- Peace of mind: Live in peace knowing that your relative is being well taken care of and not living alone.
- Nutritious meals: We only use fresh ingredients to prepare our meals, from local sources wherever possible. We also ensure that everything is made from scratch by our Head Chef and his team, including all the resident’s birthday cakes!
- A room of their own: At Country Lodge nursing home, we encourage our residents to personalise their room with their own furniture, pictures and ornaments to make them feel more at home. Read more about our new garden rooms here >>
- Better living conditions: The physical environment of a nursing home may be better as we will ensure that the premise is always safe, warm and clean.
- Companionship: There are always opportunities to socialise with other residents and take part in organised activities or outings. Keep up to date with our Country Lodge adventures on our Facebook page here >>
“I have been so impressed with the staff – everyone is so kind and gives mum wonderful time and care. The food is excellent and the lounge and dining room are very comfortable and look out on a lovely garden and fields beyond.” – Mandy Mansworth
If you’re still unsure of the importance of elderly care and how it could benefit your loved one, you can read last month’s blog for advice here >>
How Country Lodge care home can help
This article covered the importance of early intervention for elderly care and how you can help your loved one find comfort in a nursing home, even if it might be earlier than expected. If you think that Country Lodge could be the right choice, our friendly team and on-duty nurses will be happy to give you a full tour of the home, and answer any questions you have.