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“Home sweet Home”
In 2015 we substantially increased our daily care service in our local community. After researching why we had so many enquires, especially from clients who were in hospital, I came across a worrying report titled “NHS crisis sees elderly blocking hospital beds as there’s nowhere for them to go”.
It said, ‘1 in 3 families find it difficult to care for an elderly relative after they leave hospital and that there was a shocking lack of community care meaning that the elderly are stuck in hospital even though they are well enough to return home’. Apparently, the average family now lives over an hour away from their elderly relatives. Juggling work and childcare with visits to older family members made them feel guilty that they could not do more to help and caused a great deal of additional stress. Because the demand for care in the community is so great, finding a care service at the last minute is increasingly difficult.
Time and time again we hear about local authority cuts to social care, with our increased ageing population, the answer to providing care for all those who need it obviously a massive problem.
As always, we are here to help
Over the past few months we have managed to get many people out of hospital, some of which had been there for over 10 weeks. Within a week or so, their families say there was a remarkable improvement in their wellbeing. We continue to recruit more daily carers who can provide high level care in the home or just companionship. They will visit you for a minimum of one hour at a time convenient to you. You will only have up to two carers so you will always have familiar faces that you can trust and rely upon.
Liaising closely with the hospitals, relatives and social services is the key and we can provide that all important rapid response. Initially they may require a substantial amount of care, perhaps even live in care for a short period but because they are back in familiar surroundings i.e. sleeping in their own beds and resuming their normal routine, people seem to improve rapidly.
I feel very strongly that elderly people should not stay in hospital for longer than is necessary, which is why we do all we can to enable people to return to their own home as quickly as possible.
Happy New Year
If you would like to discuss the many options available, please contact us on 01829 260280 to make an appointment.
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Campaigning to help people remain living in their own homes
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