Live-in care and visiting care in Colchester
With an ancient history stretching as far back as 2000 years, this Essex city was the first in the UK and former capital Roman Britain. Now known for its collection of wild animals at Colchester Zoo, its quaint villages and beautiful countryside, this charming place also boasts its own friendly team of Helping Hands carers.
Working together to offer person-centred care to those in need of extra support, Kimberley and her team cover care in Brightlingsea, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Dedham, Feering, Frinton-on-Sea, Great Bentley, Marks Tey, Mersea Island, Wivenhoe and the surrounding areas.
Meet Kimberley, our branch manager
"Hi, I’m Kimberley. As the manager of the Helping Hands Colchester branch, I’m here to ensure the wonderful families we care for in the local area all have the support they need to live comfortably and independently in their own homes. I’ve lived in the area for around 30 years and know the local area really well, which is great for planning where my carers need to be."
Visiting care across Colchester
Since 1989, we have been providing home care that puts our customers at the centre of their support, whether that’s weekly visits to help with the shopping or several daily calls to assist with personal care and administering medication.
With our expert carers that have a wealth of industry experience, we can offer care that covers a whole host of different conditions including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis and many more. And with the support of a team of specialist clinical nurses, we can also provide home care for individuals who have more complex needs such as tracheostomies, PEG feeding tubes, catheters or stomas.
Above all, visiting care can often be a great source of companionship and a friendly face that you can learn to rely upon. As well as providing support for your practical needs, they could also be the link that allows you to keep in touch with the local community. You may even find yourself taking trips out with your carer to the Firstsite Museum, Colchester Castle or over to Mersea Island.
I love it when the carers come because I feel like I can be myself and they’re not going to judge me.
Paula, a Helping Hands customer
Live-in care that caters to all of your needs
For those that require extra support with their health condition or everyday needs, live-in care could be an ideal solution for you that gives you the peace of mind you might be looking for. Suited to those who need more intensive care, this type of support allows you to retain as much independence as possible without having to leave your beloved home, which could otherwise be an incredibly distressing time.
Created with you in mind, our local team will work with you to carefully chose a carer suited to you, so that you can be fully-involved in the decision-making process. Ensuring that your carer has similar hobbies to you and a personality that suits you means that you can feel comfortable in welcoming this new person into your home and begin to build a rapport with them.
What’s more, they’ll be on hand whenever you need them to provide any assistance. So, if you’re bed-bound, a carer will be there to ensure that you’re moved and rolled regularly to prevent any pressure sores. Or if you need more medical assistance first thing in the morning, your carer can help you to administer your medication and perhaps take you out for the afternoon for a stroll along the banks of the River Colne for some fresh air.
Read more on what is live in care here.
Domiciliary care to retain control of your care
We understand how important it is for you to have a say over when, where and how you receive your care, regardless of the condition you’re living with or your additional needs. Domiciliary care does just this; give you back control and provides a package of care created around you.
So, whether you think a loved one may need an extra pair of hands around the house or you’ve noticed that you could do with support with your toileting needs, we’ll arrange for a carer to swiftly step in and provide unintrusive, empathetic care that suits you.
Specialist support from our dementia care experts
A dementia diagnosis can be quite an unsettling and anxious time for both you and your loved ones alongside you. Regardless of whether you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia or Pick’s disease, each type of dementia affects each individual in entirely different ways, which is why our trained specialists are taught the differences between each type of dementia and how it progresses, offering the best dementia care in the UK.
We can also help you to make your home ‘dementia friendly’ by helping you make slight adjustments which may make all the difference for your loved one. For example, you may have patterned flooring that your family member may not like walking on because it resembles flowers or water. Due to their visuospatial perception gradually worsening as their dementia progresses, this can distort their vision and reality. Small tweaks like changing the colour of the flooring or using a plain matt could really help with anxiety levels and overall wellbeing.
Elderly care to help you to stay at home
With the inevitability of ageing comes the possibility of more health and mobility problems. But if you do find yourself needing extra support with a progressive condition or with mobilising safely to and from the shops, elderly care from the Colchester team could enable you to retain your independence without the upheaval of moving into a nursing home.
Designed to fit around your routines and preferences, you can decide whether you receive support once a week or every other day if necessary, which can always change if you find yourself needing extra support with other tasks or personal care.
Take a break with respite care
Caring for a friend or loved one can be one of the most rewarding jobs there is but can be all-consuming. When you reach the point where you know that you need a break both physically and mentally, you can call on the respite care services of the Helping Hands team in Colchester to provide short-term care in your place.
Kimberley will meet with both of you before you take a break and make sure everything’s in place so that the transition of your care is smooth and hassle-free.
Award-winning care for our carers in Colchester
All of our carers, whether experienced in the care industry or not, are required to go through an intensive training programme that ensures they’re ready to support any of our customers in their homes. The award-winning programme covers practise with manual handling and hoisting, first aid, dementia care, safeguarding and much more. In addition to this, our carers go through strict background checks which include a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) screening and several character references, so that we are truly selecting the very best to bear the Helping Hands name.
Our Colchester branch, along with our other 100+ branches across the country is monitored closely by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who make sure we maintain our high standards and deliver a safe, effective and responsive service to all of our customers.
My biggest achievement has been a relationship I built with a lady who had dementia. We enjoyed spending time together and I encouraged her to go out. I loved taking her shopping.
Jade, a Helping Hands carer
Areas across Colchester that we cover:
|Colchester||Easthorpe||Eight Ash Green|
|Great Holland||Great Wigborough||Layer de la Haye|
|Leavenheath||Lee over Sands||Little Cornard|
|Little Wenham||Mersea Island||Nayland|
|Newton||Polstead Heath||St Osyth|
|Stoke by Nayland|
Find out more about care in Colchester
If you’d like to find out more about the care options that Kimberley and her team can provide for you, please get in touch with us, where we’re available to take your call seven days a week.
If you’d rather meet face-to-face, you’re welcome to visit us at our branch on St Botolphs Road, which is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm. Or we can meet for a coffee at a local café or in your front room.