Niche Training for Live in Carers - Learning to Care for Individual Needs

For many years, the only options available to older people who needed more help in their later years was to move into a residential home. Or, if they had medical issues, they might have been placed into a nursing home, where a number of staff were on hand to help take care of them. In recent years, however, the idea of live in care has become an increasingly popular one. It is something that more and more people are considering.

With this type of care the individual will have access to one live in carer who will be able to look after their individual needs. For many elderly people this may be in a simple care capacity helping with day-to-day tasks. They can help with ensuring that the elderly person is able to get out of the house and socialise and take them to appointments. They can also help with simple tasks that will allow them to remain living in their own home for longer. This is ideal for anyone who is elderly and wants to stay in their own home but is maybe getting a little frail and accident prone to do so without some assistance.

The question is how will this type of care work for those individuals who have more specific needs?

The right training

Elderly people do not all fall into the same category and many of those who may prefer to stay in their own homes as a result of a range of different individual needs may need a carer who has had some form of specialist training. The right specialist training will give them an insight into a person’s condition and will allow them to better understand how to care for them.

There is certainly a need for carers who have had specialist autism training that will help them to care for individuals in their home. Research has shown that being elderly care in a new setting is something that autistic individuals are very concerned about.

Elderly people who are deaf or blind would also benefit from having the help of a carer who has specialist training in what to do, and not to do, when it comes to their care. For blind people in particular staying in their own homes where everything has its own place, and they know exactly what the layout is offers a much more comforting prospect as they get older and reduces the risk of accidents.

Replacing the need for constant change

A live in carer who has had specialist training to help individuals with particular specialist needs could even replace an army of care home staff where there are often frequent changes in staff as people come and go. These changes can also happen at short notice which can be particularly upsetting. Further to this, due to shift patterns it is often likely that there will not be a carer available with the right training.

The right levels of specialist training combined with remaining in the home environment could offer significant health benefits.