The mental health benefits of home care

Many changes come with growing older. While you may think of changing physical needs, emotional and mental wellbeing can also be affected. Diminishing social circles, physical or financial limitations and an increase in loneliness are all different factors that can harm your mental health as you age.

Fortunately, home care can help improve your outlook on life. In this blog post, we explore the mental health benefits of homecare in Manchester and the surrounding area. Read on to discover how home care can help you or your loved one.

What is home care?

Home care is personalised care provided in the comfort of your own home. Your compassionate carer can assist with a variety of different tasks including meal preparation, cleaning, help with washing or dressing, picking up prescriptions, running errands and providing supervision and companionship. The beauty of home care is that services are completely tailored to meet your or your loved one’s needs. It supports your independence and allows you to remain in the place you feel safe and comfortable. For many people, this is preferable to uprooting their life to move into a care home to receive the extra support they require. 

Socialisation and companionship 

Many ageing adults experience loneliness because interactions with others naturally decrease as physical health needs change. While mobility limitations or recovering from illness may prevent you from spending time with friends or in the community, home care can provide consistent companionship. Whether your friendly carer accompanies you to events or simply shares a chat over a cup of tea, their presence can minimise the risk of loneliness which helps prevent a range of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, from developing or worsening. 

Intellectual stimulation 

Home care helps keep the brain active and sharp by promoting intellectual stimulation. Together, you and your carer can engage in mentally stimulating activities such as completing puzzles, doing jigsaws or playing word games. Even enjoying a lively debate or conversation about a programme that you enjoy watching together can help keep the brain ticking. As they say, ‘use it or lose it’. 

Supporting independence 

A loss of independence can have a profound effect on a person’s self-esteem and outlook on life. Home care aims to support a person’s independence and help them live a fulfilled and active life despite their changing needs. Your dedicated carer will work around your lifestyle and routine to provide the support you need when you need it. 

Home sweet home

There’s no place like home. Home care removes the emotional stress and physical upheaval of moving into a care home or nursing home. This is particularly beneficial for people with dementia where a change in environment can be unsettling and overwhelming. Thanks to home care, you can remain the place you know and love best, surrounded by comfort, familiarity, memories, pets, family and all you hold dear. 

Get in touch

Please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on 0161 929 6039 if you or your loved one are interested in our home care services. Our friendly staff looks forward to answering any of your questions or helping out in any way we can.