A Flair For Custodial Care

What is custodial care?

Custodial care is a non-medical care, either at home or in an assisted living facility such as Manchester Place, which assists individuals with the activities of daily living (ADL). ADL refers to tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing or using the bathroom.

According to the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, ADL capability levels are important in assessing the ability of an individual to function without assistance. If you aren’t sure what level of care your loved one needs, consider using this checklist to determine where they stand with their ADL.

Our staff at Manchester is personally trained for custodial care in order to safely perform the needed tasks for our residents regardless of the level of ADL impairment.

Why is it important?

Custodial care helps seniors maintain quality of life.

Every individual comes with highly personalized needs; with age, those needs generally increase. While some individuals require attention on a 24/7 basis, others may only need moderate home care to help achieve their daily tasks and improve their quality of life.

According to American Senior Communities, assisted living environments increase the quality of life in seniors. With help around the clock, your loved one is free to pursue interests and enjoy their time as they wish, without worrying about dangers from impaired mobility or completion of tasks. With custodial care, family members can live more independently.

Individual needs

With advanced age, simple tasks become more difficult. Sometimes that includes simply moving from Point A to Point B or transferring from a bed to a wheelchair. Mobility is no longer get-up-and-go; it’s a struggle. Plus, conditions such as osteoarthritis, impaired balance, and poor coordination can make it challenging for your loved one to get around without assistance, can prevent him or her from enjoying favorite activities, and it may lead to social withdrawal and depression. Manchester offers Dallas-Fort Worth families custodial care in a home environment where seniors can receive assistance from compassionate caregivers and have the mobility and freedom to enjoy their daily activities.

Hygiene: not just for health

Seniors often have impairments which impact their daily hygiene. Conditions such as arthritis in the hands lead to poor grip strength, making it difficult for older folks to perform tasks as simple as brushing their teeth or combing their hair. Memory loss can lead to seniors forgetting to bathe or change and wash their clothes. With custodial care, your loved one will receive assistance with daily hygiene, enabling them to maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle, which is not only important for health but is also essential for your loved one’s self-esteem and dignity.

Forgetting food

Forgetfulness in seniors can lead to an unhealthy diet or forgotten meals. At Manchester, we pay very close attention to weight loss and loss of appetite, which is common in the elderly. A compassionate caregiver can help your loved one during mealtimes. With custodial care, you’ll never have to worry that your loved one isn’t receiving the nutrients he or she needs.

Dallas care

Manchester cares for caregivers. This 2012 United States of Aging survey fact sheet showed that around 37 percent of Dallas survey respondents who serve as a caregiver for a loved one reported they would benefit from additional services or temporary institutional care of a dependent elderly, ill or handicapped person. Though assisted livings in DFW are available and often provide relief for children or grandchildren caregivers, only half of all Dallas caregivers are aware that there is a service in their Dallas community that they could call to request assistance with everyday needs, and less than 20 percent report having utilized such services.

Manchester is here to take care of both our residents and the family members who care for them.

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