Often, many people don't need complex support but rather just help with getting up and ready for the day. We successfully help them do this. At the other end of the spectrum, some people have a range of health related matters which have an adverse effect on a persons capability to manage themselves day-to-day, so may need more complex and coordinated home care assistance. Our focus is on meeting the needs of the person themselves and their families
Dementia is a collective term encompassing conditions like vascular dementia, lewy bodies dementia and the most common form, Alzheimer's. Even though the understanding of this disease is improving, as are interventions with medications and treatments, the disease still presents many challenges.
A good diet, exercise and mental stimulation, hand-in-hand with routine, have all been shown to benefit the lives of those with the disease and those supporting them, promoting
stability. Consistent and regular care professionals are a high priority, so when we allocate a dementia trained carer to a person with a dementia, it is done with a view to promoting routine and stability. That consistency lends itself to early identification of changes which can then be acted upon.
End of Life
Providing supporting and sensitive care to the person and their families is essential. We work with East Lancashire Hospice, McMillan and Marie Currie Nurses, GP's and other health professionals to help ensure that both palliative and end of life care is provided in the most sensitive and considered way possible.
All service users with a life limiting conditions are offered an opportunity to develop an advanced care plan. Advance care planning is a voluntary process of discussion about future care between an individual and their care providers in anticipation of a time when the individual may not be able to make their own choices known. If the individual wishes, their family and friends may be included in the process.
After a hospital stay, a person may need a little help to get back into managing themselves on a daily basis, or need someone to coordinate that discharge and care. This aids recovery and helps reduce the risk of readmission. We are regularly asked by relatives to coordinate the discharge, as often family live a distance away or cannot physically be there when they would like to be.
Review and Monitoring
A package of care is often not needed and many family members ask us to visit their relative once of twice a week to make sure that they are well. We can also do the things a relative would do but can't because they cannot physically be there at that time. We are available for arranging shopping, house cleaning, coordinating chemists, doctors or hospital appointments. We are sometimes asked simply to observe and 'keep a check' on a person and to report back to a family member periodically about that person. This is to ensure that any presenting issues are being tended to and not left to get worse. Simply knowing that a loved one is not being left alone can alleviate the stresses for family members.
Here we provide short term cover when a persons own personal carer is on holiday or absent due to sickness. The advantage is that you know you have the same carers coming in that understands the needs of the person receiving the care.
Holidays for people needing care can be difficult to arrange, so we can also provide a carer to accompany a person to assist with any care so allow the family to enjoy their holiday time together.
Advanced Care Planning
All service users with a life limiting condition are offered an opportunity to develop an advanced care plan. Whilst they are mostly associated with end of life care, advanced care plans are put in place in many other circumstances unrelated to direct end of life care.
Advanced care planning is a voluntary process of discussion about future care between an individual and their care providers. This is in anticipation of a time when any deterioration in the individual’s condition affects their ability to make decisions or communicate their wishes to others.