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What is nursing care?

Nursing care is a specialist package of support delivered by specially trained carers and overseen by a qualified clinical nurse. This type of care is typically more complex in its nature, requiring specialist support for certain health care needs.

Care in nursing involves providing physical and emotional support to patients, encouraging healing, relieving pain and treating medical symptoms. It can be explained as sympathetic and humane exchanges from patients and healthcare providers

Nursing care at home can enable someone living with a complex health condition to continue living in their own home, without having to move into residential care. This allows them to retain the familiarity and safety of their own possessions and surroundings, and even enabling them to still live with a partner, spouse or pet.

Live-in care is usually the preferred option for nursing care, as it means that a carer can live with you in your home and be on hand whenever you need support. They will be matched with you for your health condition, personality and hobbies, so that you can build a rapport with your carer and perhaps even see them as an extended member of the family. For complex care, there will also be support from our local branch teams to cover your live-in carer’s breaks and also assist with any care needs that require more than one person, for example, hoisted transfers.

At Helping Hands, we work alongside Continuing Healthcare (CHC) teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in your local area to arrange packages of complex care that are fully or partly funded by the NHS. We also work with other health professionals such as district nurses and social workers to ensure that you have the right level of support in place for your health requirements.

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Things to know about nursing care

Helping Hands nursing care, also known as clinical care, is always overseen by an experienced clinical nurse who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has extensive experience in the public and private health care sectors. They will make sure that you have the right carers in place that are trained in your specific healthcare needs, providing any extra training if necessary. They will also work with the local Helping Hands team to ensure you have continuity of care and are being supported in the best way possible for you and your preferences, creating a support plan for you that covers every single one of your needs in detail.

Find out more about what our private nurses do here.

Generic home care differs from nursing care because it tends to just involve support with activities of daily living, such as personal care, helping to administer non-invasive medication, help with shopping and preparing meals – perhaps for an hour or so each day. Nursing care is much more involved, often with visits throughout the morning, afternoon and stays overnight or with support from a full-time live-in carer, who will live with you in your home. This is due to the specialist support required such as continence and stoma care, PEG feeding, assisted transfers and hoists, tracheostomies and ventilated care – as well as all of the elements involved in home care.

It’s important to be aware of the funding options available to you if you require nursing care. Continuing healthcare (CHC) funding is available to anyone who has ongoing chronic health conditions that require complex or palliative care. To qualify for this funding, your needs are assessed by your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who will then decide on the amount of funding available for your particular needs, rather than your particular health conditions. Find out more about CHC funding here.

Who is nursing care for?

Nursing care is for anyone that has a chronic health condition or complex care needs that means they need regular assistance from a specialist team. This will usually involve at least two carers, a clinical nurse, local care manager and other health care professionals, such as district nurses and occupational therapists. This type of care can be on a long-term basis or shorter if you are coming towards the end of life.

Complex care at home may be suitable for those who are living with:

  • The after effects of a stroke
  • A neurological condition such as Huntington’s disease
  • A brain or spinal injury
  • Long-term health complex conditions such as muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease (MND) or cancer

These health conditions may be something that the individual has lived with all of their life or may have occurred after an accident or illness. With our friendly and empathetic carers, you can rest assured that you will be in the hands of someone that truly does care about your emotional and physical wellbeing, aiming to keep you as comfortable as possible at home in the familiarity and safety of your own environment.

For those who have a serious or terminal illness, nursing care or palliative care, can enable you to live your final months and days in your own home whilst receiving specialist, one-to-one support. Having palliative care at home means that there’s less disruption to your routines and care can be delivered in a way that is meaningful to you, whilst maintaining your dignity and wellbeing.

If you need urgent care and you want to pass away in the peace and warmth of your own home, end-of-life care can be arranged usually within 24 hours of you getting in touch with us. Our local care and clinical nurse team will make sure you have the right support in place as soon as possible, so that you can spend your final moments surrounded by your loved ones and in the place you feel most comfortable.