The main purpose of frail care is to take care of your elderly loved ones. As a person ages, their care habits can change. At some point, assistance with personal care may be needed. This could be from old age or when assistance is required after medical issues like surgery or a bad fall. Elderly people requiring frail care will need assistance with getting dressed, medication management, proper nutrition, and mental activities that enhance their cognitive abilities. They will also need the necessary support they need to complete day-to-day tasks. Frail care at home, either by a trained caregiver or family members, will mean that your loved ones can maintain their familiar routines where they’re most comfortable. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean home-based frail care is better than a specialised frail care facility.
Caring for your loved one at a Frail Care Facility or at home?
There can be several reasons for needing to arrange frail care for a loved one. They may need support in their own home after an illness or surgery, their regular carer may be uncomfortable performing more intimate personal care routines, or family members are facing burnout from looking after their loved ones. It’s important to realise that frail care also requires access to specialised healthcare like a nurse and a medical team. A specialised frail care facility, such as Livewell Estates, has trained caregivers to look after our frail care residents as well as a healthcare team compromising of nurses and occupational therapists. Medical care is essential following illness or injury where many people need support on their return from the hospital. They may not have frail care in place at home and will require extra support to rehabilitate their elderly loved ones. At Livewell, many residents benefit from frail care – whether they’ve had a hip replacement and just need a little extra help until they recover or they need more complex support.
Specialised Frail Care Services at Livewell
- Dedicated frail care unit in a luxury ward
- Personalised care and medication management
- Facilities in close proximity to the hospital
- Occupational therapy
- 24/7 nursing, including a nurse on duty with a care team
- Ongoing Care Plan (assessments and evaluations)
- 3 meals per day plus snacks in between meals
- Stimulating activities program
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Access to the entire estate (communal gardens, dining and living areas)
If you and your family, loved one, and the medical provider agrees that frail care is the next step, you may question your options. Livewell Estates is a specialised care facility that offers personalised frail care options. We have Estates in Cape Town and Johannesburg. For more information about our frail care options or to admit your loved one, please get in touch with us.