Hourly Visiting Care
Visiting care is for anybody who wishes to remain independent in their own home, but requires a level of support in order to do so. It may be that you have lost confidence following a fall or that you need extra support after time in hospital or your needs have increased and you would like a little more support. Whatever your need, the extra help our care provides can make all the difference.
At Helping Hands we know it can be a difficult decision to ask for help, let us use our 25 years of experience and network of experienced carers local to you to present you with a positive and realistic way forward. Examples of circumstances we deal with daily include :
Emily Woodward, May 2012.
Many of the people we care for do need a little support with their personal care. From reassurance that someone is with you right through to full personal care, whatever your need – we can help. We are there to encourage, prompt and remind you about the things you can still do and want to do for yourself whilst being able to provide full support for the things you can no longer manage. We can support with washing, dressing, continence care, bathing, showering, hair, make up – Whatever you need in order to feel good about yourself. We do things your way to your preferences and with the flexibility of visits from 30 minutes to full time we can meet your expectations every step of the way.
Care in the home – Falls Prevention
Visiting Hourly Care – At Helping Hands we believe that prevention is better than cure. Many of our customers are concerned about falling and often this is the cause of great anxiety for them and their families, especially when they live alone. Having a visiting hourly carer popping in during the day and evening often is enough to provide reassurance and of course during their visit they can assist you with the aspects of daily living that if you undertook them yourself may make you more vulnerable and prone to falling. Having a carer visiting does also mean that if you had fallen our carer would be able to raise the alarm and seek help for you immediately.
Falling is of such concern because of the implications and long term damage, especially to someone who is already frail and the champions for older people Age UK have a dedicated awareness week in each year.
They suggest “a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence” Source Age UK
Help around the house
You may find that you are struggling to keep on top of things at home. A visiting carer is perfect to help with the more physical tasks and housekeeping, supporting you with everyday cooking and cleaning as well as laundry and shopping. Let us take the worry out of these every day tasks so that you can get on with your day.
From Family Care to Professional Care
Perhaps you are currently supported by family, friends or neighbours and your needs have increased.It is often at this stage that our customers come to us in order to put care arrangements in place . The recent Carers Week 2012 survey shows two in five unpaid carers are putting off medical treatment to care for a loved one. Helping Hands can support you to readdress the balance, your family can remain as involved as you want them to be whilst our professional carer regularly visits to meet your requirements. The benefit is that family can take a step back and have a well deserved break. We can support with short regular visits or longer sits, for a whole afternoon for example as well as overnight or ongoing live in respite care. We can work together to find a solution that is perfect for you.
The urgent need for care is often placed upon families when a discharge from hospital is reliant on having the appropriate level of care and support in place. Our local assesors can react quickly, liasing with the hospital discharge team and other care professionals involved on your behalf to allow a safe and prompt return home. A visiting carer can help with recuperation, convalescence and rehabilitation, working alongside District Nurses and Occupational Therapists when health can be at its most fragile, building confidence and strength, day by day. Often we can assist in facilitating a discharge home from hospital by ensuring that any equipment or modifications to the house are in place.
Helping Hands understand the very specific daily challenges of living with and caring for someone with dementia. When you choose Helping Hands it will be with the reassurance that appropriate dementia care will be provided at home. A visiting carer will be sensitive to your individual needs, have a good level of understanding of your condition and be able to provide as much reassurance, support and guidance as required.
Working in partnership with Dementia UK we have developed specific resources to help carers engage and orientate those living with dementia at home. The Helping Hands dementia toolkit is designed around the researched evidence that visual prompts can be more helpful than words alone. Resources available include guidance on life story work, activity planners and flash cards for use around the home.
The realisation that somebody you love is no longer able to fully look after themselves can be one of the hardest times . However, with over half the people we support having some form of memory loss we are successfully customers witth Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body, Frontal Temporal ( Picks) and Alzheimers with visiting care within the comfort of their own home. The familiarity of home and consistency of routine are both key in caring for someone with dementia, our professionally trained team offer both.
Loss of Confidence
Our carers put your needs and expectations at the centre of everything that they do, empowering you to take control and encouraging and promoting your independence at all times. It is only natural that your confidence goes when you are unable to complete the everyday tasks you always have done. If it is reassurance that you need our visiting carers will work with you in partnership, giving you the extra support and care you need, involving you every step of the way. This may involve an overnight stay to attend to any night needs and give the confidence that somebody else is in the house. As you gain in confidence we can reduce the level of care we provide.