Our visiting carers are at the heart of their local communities. From the hustle and bustle of London, to the rolling hills of the Peak District, across to the beautiful towns and cities of Wales, down into Devon and Cornwall, and up to historical Northern England, they are all amazing individuals.
With October 24th being Home Care Day 2018, we’d thought we’d take a look at the work our carers do each and every day, and hear from the wonderful people they support first-hand.
Looking after the farm – Oscar’s story
Living with Asperger’s and OCD can make some tasks difficult. For Oscar, who works on a farm in Essex, feeding the pigs or looking after the other animals could often be difficult for him to handle.
That is until he met visiting carer Sadie and her manager Simon. With Sadie chatting to him as he works, Oscar now feels confident and more in control of his emotions. Most of all, he has a friend he can rely upon.
Take a look at Oscar’s and Sadie’s story.
How visiting care makes Denise feel special
Denise was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while in her 30s. Now, thanks to the support she receives from visiting carer Anne, and Area Manager Suzanne, Denise has found the confidence to get out and see her family.
In her own words, Denise feels ‘special’ as a result of the care she has. And seeing her smile every time she arrives for a visit is a special moment for Anne as well!
Find out how else Anne and Suzanne make Denise feel special.
So, what’s it like being a visiting carer?
Gemma is one of our carers looking after the Manchester area. After shadowing another carer, Gemma then went on to support a customer with severe dementia. It was at this early point in her career as a Helping Hands carer when Gemma shared a beautiful moment with the lady in her care.
From that experience, Gemma has gone on to support other families around Manchester and even now, she gets a tear in her eye when she reflects on her first experience.
Hear Gemma talk about her time as a visiting carer and what inspired her to take her first steps.
How home care supports you or a loved one
Deciding you or someone close to you needs additional support isn’t easy and understanding your options can be overwhelming.
A report by Age UK found that around 20% of men and 30% of women over the age of 65 need support with at least one activity in their daily life. This could be getting dressed to using the shower. Visiting home care allows your friend or relative to continue with the routine they’re familiar with while having support with tasks like these that they might need a little extra help with.
The same report also found that the majority of people over the age of 75 would prefer to spend the final stages of their lives in their homes, however many don’t feel that they can access the right support in order to do so. Because home care is on your terms, you or someone you are looking after can have the right level of support to spend the later stages of life in complete comfort and with loved ones around.
There are plenty of areas where visiting home care can help. From practical activities such as personal care and using the bathroom, to making meals and helping with dressing. It can even help you to stay on top of the household chores and get out into the local community, all with a compassionate carer there to support you when you need them.
The people with care in their hearts
Helping people receive the care they need in the comfort of their own home with their loved ones close by takes a special person. We’re incredibly proud of all our visiting carers and the selfless work they do on a daily basis to make sure their customers are happy and customers.
Our carers all come from different walks of life; some of them have been working in care for many years while others are just taking their first steps. What links them all is the commitment to their customers and their love of helping others no matter what.
Stories like these and the people at the heart of them are what make home care special. Meet some of our other carers and read how they support families in their local communities.
To all the hardworking visiting carers out there, you are all fantastic and its always so inspiring seeing the people you care for.
If you know someone that needs a little extra help at home, take a look at how else visiting care can help, or if you’d like to work with amazing people like Denise or Oscar, find out more about being a visiting carer.