What is adult care?
Adult care is support for anyone over the age of 18 who has additional needs and requires assistance with their physical and mental health, helping them to continue activities of daily living. They will usually have a medical condition or physical disability, which means that they require support with some or all aspects of their lives. The aim of adult social care is to enable someone to live as independently as possible, with assistance as and when they require.
At Helping Hands, we promote independence and autonomy of all of our customers receiving adult care, aiming to keep families together and people living where they feel safe and at ease: their own homes. We create personalised, bespoke support plans with you, so that you are involved with your care every step of the way.Call us today to find out more Email us
What can adult social care help with?
From assistance at home to accompaniment to and from the shops, adult social care covers a whole host of different types of care – including both physical and emotional support. We can help with:
- Personal care – assistance with getting dressed, self-care and toileting
- Medical administration – help with taking medication and gentle reminders
- Mobility support – assistance with mobility aids, moving safely in and out of bed
- Housekeeping – cleaning, washing, vacuuming, tidying
- Cooking and shopping – preparing meals and collecting your groceries
- Appointments and days out – getting to the doctors, hairdressers or going out for the day
We help thousands of people to continue living safely at home, from young adults aged 18 all the way up to senior adults aged 100 or more. And with this comes a range of different medical conditions and symptoms that we’re able to cover with adult care.
For a younger person, they may want to live independently away from parents but due to a long-term health condition such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis, they may need extra support to do this. And home care doesn’t just mean that our carers will only support you at home; we can accompany you to work, college or university, helping you to continue living your dreams just with a little helping hand along the way. We’ll even help you get to events or celebrations that you want to attend, or perhaps accompany you when you meet up with friends.
For an elderly person, home care may be in the form of daily visits to check that they’re okay, helping them to tidy up and make them some lunch, perhaps even providing some personal care by helping them get dressed or wash their hair if they find it difficult to reach. Adult care can also help with specific medical conditions that occur in older age such as dementia, Parkinson’s and stroke, with specialist care provided to help with symptoms that accompany their condition. For example, someone with dementia may need regular support with personal care, maintaining a healthy diet and reassurance when they become confused or anxious.
For anyone that receives adult care, our home carers can support you emotionally and spiritually, too. We’ll be there to offer conversation, friendship and someone to accompany you on your daily walks or shopping visits, so that you never have to feel alone.
Adult care services from Helping Hands
Home care from Helping Hands will enable you to continue living at home and live life on your terms, instead of having to move into a care home or residential setting. After all, everyone is most comfortable in their own home, surrounded by possessions, loved ones and maybe even a doting pet. We believe that home care for adults is extremely beneficial to both physical and mental health, as there is no upheaval of moving all of your belongings somewhere you don’t know, and you can receive one-to-one care on your terms.
We offer adult home care from as little as 30 minutes per week, fitting in seamlessly with your lifestyle and existing routines. Our visiting care service is delivered by a team of local carers who will visit you once, twice or even five times a day should your needs permit. We’ll get to know exactly what you require support with when we first meet with you, ensuring every single box is ticked and that your support plan reflect you and your preferences. And if your health changes and you require additional care in the evening or overnight, we can provide overnight visits too, enabling you to have a peaceful night’s rest without worrying you won’t have the care you need.
For more complex care needs that require round-the-clock support, live-in care can offer 24-hour assistance to yourself or both you and a loved one who wish to remain living together. Living with you in your home, a carer will be there throughout the day and night, assisting you with all elements of care that you need support with. What’s more, they’ll get to know you in detail and be your dedicated aid, often becoming more like a friend or extended member of the family than a carer. We can also provide nurse-led care to adults over the age of 18 and who have clinical care needs such as a PEG feeding tube, stoma, catheter or tracheostomy. All of our complex care packages are overseen by our team of experienced clinical nurses, who have many years’ experience working in the NHS as registered nurses.
Perhaps you only require adult social care for a short period of time or need care urgently for several weeks after you’ve been discharged from hospital? We can provide emergency care in as little as 24 hours, giving you the extra reassurance you need at an already fraught and stressful time. And if you’re already a carer and need to take a break from your caregiving duties, we can offer respite care on a short-term basis, so you can step back whilst we step in.
We also offer support for those living with a physical or learning disability, such a Down’s syndrome, autism or cerebral palsy. This may be particularly beneficial if you want some independence from your parents or if you’re a parent yourself and you need extra support for your child who has now reached adulthood. We have carers who have received specialist training in these conditions and others, who will also be able to help with challenging behaviour, activities of daily living and building their confidence.
How do I arrange adult private care services?
If you’re considering adult care for yourself or a loved one and are not sure where to start, simply call us today and our friendly customer care team will be able to talk you through the different options available to you. They’ll then be able to arrange a home visit with a local care manager, who will get to know you, your care needs and preferences, creating a support plan that is completely bespoke to you, assigning a private carer that will become a firm friend.
Page reviewed by Kevin Antrobus, Autism and Asperger's Expert on November 2, 2021