Specialist Care In The Home
Illness can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to carry out a number of tasks and functions. Some of these tasks we take for granted on an almost daily basis. In the most severe cases, individuals are left needing some level of care or support. This could be provided by a member of their own family, or carers from home care agencies. It could take the form of live-in home care, hourly visits, home help or care delivered in a specialist care home.
Many agencies – both those in-charge of care homes and home care agencies – deliver specialist care. This is ideal for those with conditions that require very specific amounts of care. It’s also beneficial in that the care is provided by carers with training and qualifications centred on caring for someone with a particular condition – especially when conditions happen to be of a complex nature.
Here we’ve examined some of the different types of specialist home care available to you or your loved ones.
A gastrostomy is typically employed when someone is unable to swallow food or liquids. It’s a plastic pipe which essentially bypasses the gullet, by feeding food and liquids directly into the stomach. Therefore, gastrostomy carers will work with general practitioners and other healthcare professionals to ensure patients receive the right amount of fluid and food to meet their dietary requirements.
Dementia is a degenerative illness. This means that as time progresses the impact the illness has on people affected by it worsens – impacting speech, memory, and mobility. Over time someone affected by Dementia will receive a far greater amount of support in and around the home. A Dementia carer can go into the home of an individual affected by it, and ensure they can live comfortably with the illness.
Spinal injuries come in many different forms. Some have a lasting effect on the person affected by them. The most severe of spinal injuries can lead to limited mobility. This means a significant amount of support getting round the home might be required. Spinal injury carers are trained in providing help in the safest possible way. They can also, in some cases, help with rehabilitation and recovery exercises. Where necessary they might also recommend where in the home adaptations could be made to make it easier for the individual.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS as it is also referred to as, is another illness that can also have a considerable effect on a person’s mobility. Therefore MS carers can come into the home, and ensure that the people they care for adapt to any physical limitations by providing on-going care and support. By providing a consistent level of encouragement, a multiple sclerosis carer can help people with the illness achieve what they want from life – whether that be further education, or seeing friends on a regular basis.
Home care agencies offer many more types of specialist home care – too many to include in this short blog. As well as those we’ve covered above there’s also stroke aftercare, brain injury home care, cerebral palsy care and much more.