Respite care can be necessary while your regular carer takes a well-earned break, or following surgery or illness, but the presumption always used to be that respite could only be provided in a care facility away from your own home. This isn’t the case though and has never been so with Helping Hands, as we have been providing short and long-term care for our customers in their own homes since we were founded in 1989. All of our branches across England and Wales have our customers as the focus at all times, and our friendly and dedicated Bexley branch are no exception.
Respite is short-term, temporary care that can be necessary because your normal carer is not available or because you need some extra help to get back on your feet after an accident, illness or surgery. It’s vital that carers get to take a break regularly from the demands of caring for someone else, whether they’re a family member or a professional carer, so that they can come back to you refreshed and relaxed and ready to undertake their responsibilities once again. Sometimes you can even need respite in a hurry, perhaps because your carer has been taken ill, and if that happens, we can offer emergency care, usually within 24 hours.
Keeping you in your beloved home for your respite care can be hugely beneficial for your physical and emotional wellbeing, and it may be a choice that you and your loved ones make together. At first you may think you’d appreciate the change of scene of a care home, however you need to be aware that it is unlikely you will receive the same individualised, one-to-one care that you will be used to at home, due to the unavoidably high ratio of carers to residents that exist in care homes. If you enjoy being in the place you love though and wouldn’t want to leave it, Helping Hands’ expert care at home is going to suit you perfectly.
If you value your daily routine and wouldn’t want it disturbed, then care at home from the amazing Bexley care team will be exactly what you need. Our carers can come to you on a visiting or live-in basis and provide every aspect of your care needs with the minimum of disruption from your regular routine, thanks to your personalised support plan and bespoke package of care. Our visiting carers will come at prearranged times and durations to suit you, so that your care is provided throughout the day or just at key times, whatever you need to live your best quality of life at home. We can also provide a carer to reside in your home with you, if you and your loved ones would prefer the reassurance of someone available to care for you and provide companionship around the clock. This means you will never be alone at home, if that’s something you would rather avoid. Whichever service you choose, our carers can support with personal care, medication, mobility, meal preparation, housework, laundry, accessing the community and so much more.
Our carers are amazing and it’s not just us saying that – we get wonderful reviews and testimonials from our customers and their loved ones on a daily basis. We appreciate this so much but always deflect the praise back to our amazing local care teams, as our carers really are the heart of our business. Our carers are selected not just on experience but because they have natural qualities of caring and compassion; after all, we can and do train them on everything else they need to be an amazing carer, but we can’t teach them how to truly care from the heart about others’ wellbeing. We also screen them through the DBS service and thoroughly check their backgrounds to make sure they are the sort of people who should be in your home, and because we’re also fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and Care Inspectorate Wales you can have the highest confidence in us to deliver the expert care we promise.
If you would like to discuss the different care options available to you in the Bexley area, you can call our friendly customer care team seven days a week, or alternatively, contact us via our website and we’ll call you back.