What is high-dependency care? - Abafields Home Care
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What is high-dependency care?

If you or a loved one suffer from a chronic condition, or are recovering from an illness or operation, you may require intensive high dependency care.

Here at Abafields Home Care, we have a team of highly trained specialists who provide high dependency care to patients in the comfort of their home.

High dependency care is a type of intensive care provided in hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, and by some home care services.

High dependency patients require an intensive level of care round the clock from highly qualified nurses.

This high level of care is suitable for people who require intense observation and medical care but are not in critical condition.

Some people may require high dependency care for a short period whilst recovering from an illness or surgery, whilst others with chronic illnesses may require ongoing high dependency care.

What is a high dependency unit?

In hospitals, high dependency units (HDUs) bridge the gap between general wards and intensive care units.  However, some hospitals combine their intensive care and high dependency units into one.

One of the main differences between intensive care and an HDU is the ratio of nurses to patients. Intensive care units usually have one nurse per patient, whereas in an HDU the ratio is usually one nurse to every two patients.

People are usually cared for in a high dependency unit if they require a high level of medical observation and care but are not in a critical condition.

Many people are moved to a high dependency care unit for a period once they have been discharged from intensive care.

What does high dependency care involve?

Nurses caring for high dependency patients are specialists who have trained in high dependency care.

Due to the level of specialist care that high dependency patients require, a nurse will usually take on every aspect of their day-to-day care. This includes a variety of tasks from specialist medication management and catheter care to everyday tasks like preparing food and helping with personal hygiene.

Some of the tasks that nurses may carry out during an average day looking after a high dependency patient include:

  • Medication management.
  • Hoisting and transferring.
  • Catheter and colostomy care.
  • Managing specialist medical equipment.
  • Specialist feeding regimes.
  • Meal preparation.
  • Personal hygiene.
  • Preventing bedsores.
  • Shopping and running errands.
  • Providing companionship.

High dependency nurses will always respect their patients’ privacy, dignity, and cultural and religious needs whilst caring for them.

High-dependency patients

High dependency patients often need help with most aspects of their day-to-day life and require a high level of observation and specialist medical care.

High dependency patients could be those that:

  • Have single organ failure.
  • Have a severe infection.
  • Need help breathing.
  • Have a chronic illness.
  • Are recovering from extensive surgery.
  • Require specialist medical equipment.

High dependency patients may require specialist medical care such as ventilation, tracheostomy care, or a feeding regime such as PEG or dysphagia.

With the right level of care, high dependency patients with complex and intensive care requirements can still live a dignified, comfortable, and fulfilling life.

Why choose Abafields for high dependency home care?

Here at Abafields Home Care, we can provide high dependency care services for patients living in Bolton, Bury, and surrounding areas of Greater Manchester.

Whether you require short-term or long-term high dependency care, our team of highly qualified and experienced nurses can tailor an in-home care service to suit your specific needs.

Our home carers are experienced at providing care for patients with a range of complex medical needs, including those with single organ failure, those who require specialist medical equipment, those with physical disabilities, and those recovering from major surgery or illness.

Our high dependency home care service is often used by patients who have just been discharged from hospital to ensure a smooth, comfortable, and stress-free transition back to living as independently as possible in their own home.

Here are some of the key reasons why so many people choose our high dependency home care services:

Patients can remain in the comfort of their own home – Many patients feel more comfortable, relaxed, dignified, and independent when they are able to remain in their own home.  Home care services also allow patients to retain a high level of control over their day-to-day lives and routines, many feel that it gives them a far better quality of life.

Highly qualified permanent carers and nurses – When you choose our high dependency care services you can rest assured that you will receive care from highly qualified nurses and carers who can meet your specific complex medical needs. We employ permanent staff and don’t use agency staff, allowing us to ensure that we’re delivering consistently high levels of care to our patients.

Bespoke care services – Our high dependency care service will be tailored to the patient’s exact needs. We will listen to your requirements and ensure that you receive care from staff with appropriate qualifications and experience. We can also tailor the service to the patients likes and dislikes and will always respect any cultural or religious requirements they may have. If the patient’s requirements change then we can adapt our service as appropriate at any point.

Registered care service – We are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for your peace of mind.

For more information about our high dependency home care services, or to discuss your requirements in more detail, please give our team a call on 0161 804 5060.