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We can provide care in your home anywhere in England & Wales

Find out how a live-in carer could support you in your home

Welcoming a new person into your home can be quite daunting. It may be the first time you’ve ever lived with someone else, or you might not have lived with someone since your partner passed or your children left home. Either way, our team will work with you to find a live-in carer that will suit your medical, practical and emotional needs. Regardless of whether you’re a football fanatic or a green-fingered gardener, we’ll work with you to select a carer that has similar interests to you so, that you can share your favourite hobbies whilst also receiving the highest quality of care that is tailored entirely around your needs.


Provision of personal and specialist medical care

Whatever your live in care needs are, we can support you to live as independently as possible, all within the comforts of your own home. Our live-in carers are provided with award-winning training at our bespoke centre in Warwickshire, enabling them to assist with a variety of different medical conditions and health requirements. And because our carers regularly receive refresher training and are fully-supported by their Live-in Care Manager, you can rest assured that if your needs change our carers will adapt around you.

From supporting those living with a degenerative condition such as Parkinson’s, dementia, Huntington’s and cancer to those needing extra support with their mobility in their elderly years, or even those with mental health conditions – we assist you to live the life you want to without the need of moving to residential care.

Our carers are also supported by an experienced team of clinical nurses who are able to assist with more complex conditions and injuries such as spinal injuries, acquired brain injuries, neurological conditions and strokes. With the guidance and expertise of our nursing team, our live-in carers can support with:

  • Tracheostomy care
  • PEG and nasogastric intubation feeding
  • Continence care – including stomas, catheters and bladder washouts
  • Ventilated care

As well as assisting with complex and non-complex conditions, our live-in carers will also support with personal care, prompting or administering medication, using mobility aids and mobilising around the house safely. Everything is led by you and carried out with you in mind – so if you want to get up, washed and dressed at a particular time, we’ll make sure this is done entirely how you like it.


Dementia care

Helping Hands is one of the UK’s leading specialists in dementia home care and know exactly what it takes to provide empathetic, tailored and professional care for anyone living with dementia. With over 850,000 people diagnosed with a form of dementia throughout the country, we’ve worked hard to ensure we provide the right care depending on the specific diagnosis. By aligning ourselves with organisations such as Dementia Action Alliance who are committed to transforming the lives of people living with dementia, our live-in care option could make a huge difference to you and your loved one’s life and prevent them from having to leave the home they know and love.

Whether you live as a couple and one or both of you has dementia, or you live alone but need extra support as your symptoms continue to progress, a live-in carer will get to know you, your routines and your care needs so that you don’t have to compromise on your independence. As well as always having someone on hand to assist you with your personal care or mobility, we understand how important it is to have consistency and familiarity – which is why seeing the friendly face of your own personal live-in carer who knows how you like your tea or what your favourite TV programme is could be so beneficial if you have dementia.

What’s more, a live-in carer can also make sure that you continue to keep up to date with your friends, family and favourite hobbies by accompanying you out and about to your local garden centre, café or park. Just because you have a dementia diagnosis, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the things you used to like doing – you might just need a little help or alterations made along the way.


Ensuring dietary and nutritional needs are met

Living well is greatly affected by what we eat and – according to the NHS – can make us feel better physically as well as mentally. Ensuring your dietary needs are met is something that we take very seriously at Helping Hands, which is why each and every one of our live-in carers are able to cook. Some are even ex-chefs who have a whole repertoire of tasty dishes that they can whip up in an instant!

Whether it’s a good old-fashioned roast dinner that you fancy, a lighter option of cheese on toast or if you want to try something a bit more exotic like a Spanish paella – our live-in carers will make sure you get a tasty meal that tickles your taste buds whilst adhering to your medical or nutritional needs.

And just because you have a live-in carer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help to prepare your meals or go shopping with your carer for fresh fruit and vegetables. Sometimes making something from scratch or reigniting an old recipe from your younger years can be quite a therapeutic and enjoyable process and something that you can enjoy doing together as friends.


Lighten the load of everyday domestic tasks with your live-in carer

Live-in carers don’t just assist with personal care or preparing your meals; they’ll help with keeping your house clean and tidy just how you like it. To lighten the load, they can assist with:

  • Laundry and ironing
  • Changing the bedsheets
  • Washing up and wiping the surfaces
  • Vacuuming and dusting
  • Cleaning the toilet, basin and washing area

Love spending time in your garden but are struggling to get outside? Are you behind on your dead-heading? Well, we can reinvigorate the love you had for your garden by helping to water the plants and keep your bird feeders topped up. There’s nothing better than being immersed in nature and getting some fresh air, and whether you’re a wheelchair user or just need an arm to hold on to, your live-in carer can make sure you get into your garden as and when you want to.


Companionship

Having a live-in carer is a fantastic way to have one-to-one support for both your physical and mental needs. Above all, the chance to always have someone there to talk to about your past, concerns or what’s going on in the world can make a real difference your overall health.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists states that those living with a physical disability are more likely to develop depression or anxiety, so a live-in carer could be pivotal in helping to alleviate any symptoms associated with poor mental health. Simply being there to listen or talk through any concerns or worries that you may have could make a real difference. Not only could this help with your mental wellbeing, but you will also gain much more than a carer; you’ll gain a friend.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, being isolated from others can be as bad for your health as obesity and smoking can for any age group, not just the elderly. So being able to have a link to the outside world, which is often just your live-in carer, is incredibly important to your overall wellbeing. As well as providing an ear to listen to, a live-in carer can enable you to keep in touch with your social circle when you may have found this impossible to do alone.

Regardless of your diagnosis, symptoms or care needs, having a live-in carer means that your physical requirements are taken care of as well as your mental health and wellbeing. You and your loved ones can rest assured that you’re in safe hands, whilst upholding your dignity and routines that you’re used to in the comfort of your own home.

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