With quintessential villages set against a backdrop of the beautiful rolling hills of Essex, Braintree is an absolute delight for visitors and natives alike. Showcasing a mixture of steam railways, museums showing off the local history, a designer shopping village and some of the finest vineyards and distilleries, there really is something for everyone. And for those that need extra support within their own home, there is even a branch of dedicated Helping Hands carers.
Covering Braintree, Cressing, Felstead, Great Notley, Halstead and the surrounding areas, the team have the expertise and empathy to support you with your care needs.
“I’m the Regional Clinical Lead for London and Essex. I am proud to have 20 years’ experience in care and nursing and can’t imagine that there is anything else that I would want to do more. I am passionate about proactive care and health education and I have been lucky enough not only to look after, but also work alongside so many different people – I’ve heard so many amazing and often inspiring stories. Working for Helping Hands enables me and my colleagues to support people in their own home – the place where most people want to stay for as long as they can. It’s so important and extremely rewarding.”
For over 30 years, we've been supporting people with care, nurse-supported care and companionship across England and Wales. As industry-leaders in home care, we know what it takes to provide the right level of care so that you can retain your independence in the comfort of your beloved home.
Over 100 branches across the UK means we're local to you
We are not an agency - we employ every carer directly
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Family-run and experts in home care since 1989
Fully flexible care packages as your needs change
Flexible care provided in your own home with a fully qualified carer. Visits start from as little as 30 minutes up to several hourly or overnight calls throughout the week.
One-to-one support from a fully qualified care that lives with you. Full-time support so you can stay at home where you feel most comfortable.
For over 30 years, we have been leaders in the home care industry and know what it takes to provide high-quality, person-centred care. We’ll get to know exactly what you require to feel comfortable and safe at home, so that you and your family can rest assured that everything is taken care of.
As our carers are trained by our in-house experts, we are able to support a wide range of care needs and conditions – from Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, cancer, mental health conditions, dementia and many others. And it’s not just senior adults that we care for; we support individuals from the age of 18 all the way up to 100 and beyond. So, if you need support getting to and from university, work or your local day centre, we can help.
Our visiting care packages start from as little as 30 minutes per week and can be as often as several calls throughout the day – we’ll be flexible around you and there when you need us. Whether you need a little extra help getting up and dressed in the morning, support with preparing your meals or if you’d like someone to take you to Braintree Village for an extra special shopping treat, we can provide assistance with anything from personal care to shopping, cooking to companionship.
For more intensive care needs, live-in care offers one-to-one assistance that it completely tailored around you and your preferences. Whether you have limited mobility that requires support with hoists and mobility aids or if you require more complex care such as catheter or stoma management, we’ll create a bespoke care plan that takes all of your physical and mental wellbeing into account and provide you with the peace of mind that all your needs are catered for.
Having round-the-clock support from your very own live-in carer enables you to relax in the safety and comfort of your own home, safe in the knowledge that there will always be someone on hand should you need them. And because our live-in carers participate in award-winning training at our state-of-the-art training centre in Warwickshire, you can rest assured that there’ll be a carer that is able to support you with your particular needs.
Here at Helping Hands, we recognise how important it is that you get along with your carer and that they share similar interests and personality traits with you. That’s why our dedicated team do their very best to match a live-in carer as closely to their customer as possible. So, if you have cerebral palsy and love watching the trains at Coine Valley Railway, we’ll find someone experienced in supporting you with your physical needs as well being a keen train enthusiast too.
Having control over your care schedule is very important, and we’ll make sure that we work with you collaboratively to find a care solution appropriate for you – whether that’s hourly calls once a week to help you with light household duties or daily visits in the morning and evening to help you prepare and cook meals. With domiciliary care, we place your choice and comfort as our highest priorities, as the care we deliver should be to your requirements, not prescribed to you without choice.
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with dementia or you are living with the latter stages of the condition, we have the skill and understanding to deliver empathetic dementia care and are able to support both you and your loved ones throughout your journey.
All of our carers receive specific dementia training so that they are able to understand and guide you through the good and bad days – whether that’s creating a Life Story Book to help you to retain your sense of self or if you need assistance with personal care and managing your medication. They’ll always be there when you need them and they’ll help you to ‘live well’ with your condition, so that you can enjoy life to the fullest without having to worry about leaving your beloved home and moving into residential care.
Age is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give up doing the things that you enjoy, such as meeting with friends at the local café, visiting favourite locations like Hedingham Castle, or taking a stroll around the park with your life partner. With elderly care, we’ll enable you to continue doing exactly what you want to do, just with a little helping hand along the way.
What’s more, if you live as a couple and one of you needs extra help to care for your partner, we’ll support you to do just that so you can both stay in the home you know and love together.
Being a carer is one of the most rewarding jobs that you can possibly do; believe us, we know! But looking after a loved one can take its toll on you, and when you find that you need a break to rest and recuperate, we can step in to take the weight off your shoulders with our respite care packages. So that your routine is left unaltered, we’ll meet with you both before hand to ensure that we carry out tasks exactly to your liking, ensuring disruption is as minimal as possible.
We can even come with you both while you take a holiday or accompany you if you want to go on holiday by yourself but are unable to manage all of your care needs alone. Whether you’re taking a short trip to Southend-on-Sea for some fresh seaside air or if you’re going further afield for more tropical weather, we’ll be with you every step of the way so that you can enjoy a real break.
Since 1989, we have been training and upskilling our carers in premium home care, carried out by our gifted in-house training teams. That way, we can guarantee that our carers are always trained to the highest standards and are able to support our customers in the most appropriate way.
During a rigorous training programme, they study modules such as manual handling, dementia, personal care, medication, safeguarding and first aid, which equips them with the practical skills they need to provide the very best in person-centred care. Most importantly, we only employ people who genuinely want to help others, and that’s what makes our team of carers so special and unique.
We are strictly monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who ensure that our services are safe, responsive and effective, and that ultimately we do what we say we are going to do. Additionally, we are affiliated with the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and the Spinal Injury Association (SIA), who promote best practice and research in their respective conditions, something that we are strong advocates of.
Our Braintree branch is fully regulated and accredited by the CQC and CIW.
Every one of our carers is a dementia specialist
We are founding members of the UKHCA
Opening hours and address details
181-183 High Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1JP Show on Map