Home care and living with frailty

As we age, the term frailty may start to come up more often. It is usually used to describe a person’s state of health, including both mental and physical resilience. However, living with frailty does not mean a person is incapable of living a full and independent life. 

In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of home care in Manchester and how it can support those living with frailty. Read on to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live with frailty and how home care can help. 

Understanding frailty

Frailty refers to a person’s overall resilience to overcome health issues or problems quickly. Being frail is generally characterised by fatigue and reduced muscle strength. According to statistics, around 10% of people over age 65 live with frailty. For those ages 85 and over, this figure rises to 25%-50%. It’s important to note that living with frailty isn’t the same as living with multiple chronic health conditions. While there may sometimes be overlap, living with frailty does not mean a person will necessarily have a diagnosed health condition. 

Common frailty signs

The following are some common signs associated with frailty:

  • increased falls and fractures which can lead to increased inactivity and loss of strength or confidence due to a fear of falling 
  • bladder and bowel problems 
  • malnutrition and dehydration
  • dementia or delirium
  • mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

Living with frailty

No doubt living with frailty will bring significant changes to how you live. To cope with changing capabilities, it’s necessary to adapt and find new methods of managing everyday tasks. This is to ensure your safety, health and happiness. 

In addition to physical changes, frailty can have a significant impact on your sense of self and change how you are viewed and treated by others. Being frail can also profoundly affect your confidence and how you go about your life. For example, a person who has experienced a fall may lack the confidence to do activities on their own and as a result, will be subject to the mental and physical consequences that can accompany inactivity. 

How can home care help?

The good news is that it’s completely possible for a person living with frailty to enjoy a fulfilled, active, and independent life. Home care can certainly help. Your independence is important to us and our experienced carers will work around your routine and lifestyle to provide personalised care within the comfort of your home. 

Here are some of the ways home care can help counter the effects of frailty and support your independence: 

  • domestic assistance such as washing, ironing and cleaning
  • removing trip hazards and making sure the home is safe 
  • preparing nutritious meals and ensuring you are staying hydrated
  • help with washing and dressing
  • support getting in and out of bed 
  • supervision and companionship
  • help with toileting and continence care and support
  • assisting with appointments
  • picking up prescriptions
  • help with shopping or other errands 

Get in touch

If you are interested in learning more about how home care can help you live more confidently and independently, please contact us or call us on 0161 929 6039. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information on our services.