High dependency care can be defined as providing a more than usual high level of healthcare. It’s a phrase you may see used in relation to a hospital department dealing with seriously ill patients who need specialist care.
For us, it’s the same, it’s all about our ability to work with people living with very challenging illnesses and conditions.
When it comes to care, most people would much prefer that it happened in their own home, surrounded by familiar things and faces but they often don’t realise that it’s something they can easily have access to.
At Abafields Home Care Services, we have fully trained staff who can provide high dependency care for people with a wide range of illnesses as well as more complex situations such as end-of-life care in Bury and Bolton and nearby areas of Greater Manchester.
We ensure that all the work we do is person-centred, and we can’t emphasise enough the importance of effective communication between us, those we are caring for and their families. And because each person is different, the care we offer isn’t a one size fits all solution but created to suit everyone’s individual needs.
High dependency care at home is about looking after the needs and where possible the wishes of the person and treating both their physical and mental wellbeing. We work with families to ensure we meet loved one’s requirements, devising a personalised support plan that fits them and others involved in their care.
End of Life Care
A hospice isn’t the only option for someone nearing the end of their life as hospice care can be available to you in your home.
We can provide carers experienced in every aspect of end of life care who will work together with families and district nurses to provide all the practical and emotional support needed.
We ensure that our clients can stay at home for the final days of life, where they will be treated with dignity and kindness.
End of life care may include palliative care. This is specialised medical care for those who are seriously ill.
It means we can help patients manage any pain they may be experiencing and understand that each person will have different symptoms, depending on their condition and the kind of treatment they may be having. Our carers will help you manage your symptoms and help you feel as comfortable as possible.
But our home care not only focuses on relieving the symptoms, pain being one aspect of any discomfort a person might be suffering, but also the stress of the illness. Palliative care aims to treat the whole family, not only the patient, to improve the quality of the life they have together. This kind of care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. You don’t have to be old to receive this kind of care nor do you have to be at the end of your life.
We can also involve other specialist professionals, if their expertise is needed.
Help for stroke victims
The impact of a stroke can have a devastating effect beyond the immediate physical changes in a person. Physically there can be problems with mobility, swallowing and continence. A stroke can affect your vision and cause communication problems. Memory and concentration can be affected but also there can be emotional effects like depression and anxiety.
A stroke can change someone’s personality, sometimes making them difficult and angry and these changes can have a big impact on everyone in a family as well as the stroke survivor. Hence looking after someone who has suffered a stroke isn’t easy and in some cases, expert help is absolutely essential. We can work together with families to make the situation manageable.
We offer practical help with tasks such as moving, washing, feeding and dressing in a safe manner. Our carers will also have skills in more specialist areas such as feeding for people with severe swallowing difficulties and continence and treating wounds and leg ulcers. They might also be able to help with rehabilitation exercises and arrange equipment like a wheelchair or alterations to your home.
Helping someone to cope with physical disability requires expert training. For example caring for those who have become paralysed by a stroke or a spinal cord injury, a nerve or autoimmune diseases or Bell’s palsy will need specialist care ensuring that further damage isn’t incurred to sensitive areas such as the neck and back. Staff are also taught how to care for those with stomas, including urostomy and colostomies.
Our home carers also take on board the psychological damage that is caused by physical disability and the aim is to help people in every aspect of their day to day life.
Dementia care at home
One of the things that can impact on people developing dementia is being moved from their familiar routine and surroundings which is why more and more families are choosing dementia home care over residential care. Dementia can often require round-the-clock care, something that a relative or friend would find it difficult to manage. We can supply trained professionals who understand the condition and have the experience to enable dementia patients to carry on living their life amongst those they love with the dignity and kindness that their own family would show to them.
Are there any costs involved in high dependency care?
It is highly likely you will have to pay for care in the home, but this compares favourably with the costs incurred by residential care. Your local council may be able to help but this will depend upon
- Health and mobility
- The value of the person’s assets, and
- The level of help and support that they require
Make sure you claim all the benefits you are entitled to such as Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, or Personal Independence Payment.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Abafields Home Care if you want to know more about our High Dependency care by calling us on 0161 804 5060.