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We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for our everyday wellbeing and for the more vulnerable; an unsettled night can lead to greater care requirements throughout the day.

A poor night’s sleep impacts on a person’s ability to undertake daily tasks, can leave them more unsteady on their feet and can result in increased levels of confusion.

In addition, on-going poor sleep patterns can lead to isolation throughout in the day when catching up on sleep, meaning a person may be unable to interact when family and friends visit or may struggle to engage at a level that they normally would and become more anxious of night time hours.

With this in mind, care and support throughout the night in the form of a night care service can be equally as important as providing care throughout the day.

A service that changes as you do

We understand that your care requirements may change as your condition improves or deteriorates. As a result we offer a flexible service that can be regularly reviewed and adapted at any time to suit your needs.

It is quite common following a stay in hospital or a change in surroundings or personal circumstances that you’re not going to know exactly what level of support you require during the night. In these cases, we will look to review your care needs over the first few days of your return home and work closely with you and your family to ensure the safest and most appropriate level of care is provided.

How Can We Help You?

By offering two levels of night care services; Waking Night and Sleeping Night, Blessing Agencies can ensure that the night time hours for you or a loved one pass with comfort and confidence.

By providing experienced Support Workers, Healthcare Assistants or Nurses to support you throughout the night, we can ensure that you feel relaxed and assured that you are not on your own during the time you feel most vulnerable.

Our healthcare professionals can be there throughout the night to ensure that if you need assistance you are able to move about the house with safety, or alternatively, just be there for the reassurance that if you wake in the night you are not on your own.

We can support with positive night time routines such as bathing, domestic tasks like changing bedding and ensuring there are clean and suitable night clothes available. Evening drinks and meals can be prepared so that in the night the need to move around the house is less and our Carers and Nurses can take way the anxiety of toileting alone.

Maintaining a homely environment, our Carers and Nurses are able to dress in appropriate but identifiable night time clothing, thus reducing confusion should you wake in the night. They can also keep you informed of the time should you wish to make a decision regarding what time you get up and offer a friendly comforting face at any hour.

Our service can be provided on a long or short term basis and can be delivered at intervals to suit your convenience. So, whether your family would benefit from some respite, you are recovering from a period of illness or you require short term holiday cover, we can adapt our service to meet your individual requirements.

Sleeping Night Care

Our Sleeping Night service has been designed to promote confidence and independence for those who do not require complex or on-going support throughout the night. Your Sleeping Night Carer will retire to an allocated bedroom once you are settled in bed and be on hand should you need them at any time.

As part of our Sleeping Night service, our Carers will be able to assist if you wake in the night with getting in and out of bed, toileting, preparing a drink or small snack or just being there to provide the reassurance that you’re not on your own. Sleeping Night care is provided between the hours of 22:00 to 07:00, however, should you require support with bedtime and morning routines, we are able to extend our hours.

Waking Night Care

Our Waking Night service may be more suited to your care needs if you require increased attention throughout the night or you are awake for extended amounts of time.

As part of our Waking Night service, your carer will be awake and alert at all times through the night; on hand for whatever you might required. Our dedicated care Assistant or Support worker will be able to support you with all your care needs whether they are complex or social they will be available to offer you companionship, assistance with medication and address any safety concerns you may have, offering you complete reassurance at any hour.

Key decisions such as what time you want to start getting ready for bed and what time you feel you are ready to go to sleep are still your own decision, and our Carers will work to what your require with no pressure of time constraints.

Night Care FAQs

What tasks will my care worker carry out?

We agree a ‘Care Plan’ which details exactly what you have instructed us to do. This then becomes the work list for each day. As part of our ongoing and unique relationship with pharmacies, we are also able to assist or administer your medication.

  • Older people who need some help with getting up in the morning, or going to bed.
  • Couples who would like some assistance for their partner such as keeping on top of household chores.
  • People who are physically disabled and who need assistance with the things that their disability prevents them from doing entirely by themselves.
  • People who have fairly constant care needs but do not wish to go into residential care frequently choose our Live-in Care Service.
  • Sometimes when someone has been discharged from hospital after illness or an operation, they will contact us for short term help until they are feeling fit enough to regain their old lifestyle.
  • We provide respite care – a service for people who rely on a relative or friend for most of their care but would like to give that person a break from time to time.
  • Many people prefer some time out from home and would like someone to take them out for a couple of hours or for a day’s shopping.
  • Sometimes a weekly pampering session appeals to both young and old alike – with the chance to distress and increase well being.

Blessing Agencies is able to offer care to children and their families either on an on-going basis or simply for respite care from time to Care plans frequently evolve and we check regularly to ensure that the care we are providing is appropriate.

Is there anything that my care worker is not able to do?

Once we have established exactly what you want on each visit, we will work to that list. We are not able to give injections or change sterile dressings. Also, we cannot carry out tasks which are likely to cause risk to either the person we provide care to or to the Blessing Agencies Care worker. Tasks will be agreed with you in advance. Any changes to the plan can be discussed with your local Blessing Agencies Care team.

Will I have the same care worker each day?

This depends on how many care visits you have each week. We very rarely have just one care worker assigned to a particular customer. This allows for periods of time where your care worker may be away on holiday; however we do try to keep the number of your care workers to an absolute minimum.

Will someone visit my home before starting the services?

Yes, a comprehensive Care Assessment will be conducted to ensure that the package of care we produce is fully tailored to the needs of the client.

The assessment will take approximately 1 hour and will include an assessment of care needs and a general risk assessment for the location where the care service will be provided.

The findings of the assessment will form the basis of the care plan and will detail in-depth information which the care provider will follow when delivering your care. Blessing Agencies Ltd have a legal responsibility to ensure that a care plan is in every home in which their care services are being delivered and to also ensure that they are regularly reviewed.

As well as allowing us to officially record all of our clients’ care needs, the assessment also gives us a clearer understanding of any personal requirements, therefore enabling us to select healthcare professionals with skills that are best suited to our service user’s needs, personality and preferences.

What about my personal security?

Every member of the Blessing Agencies team has been through a rigorous vetting procedure before they start working with us. In addition, all staff will always be in uniform and carry a personalised identification card which shows their name, photograph and signature.

How can I be sure that my care worker will stay the full period of the care visit and carry out all the tasks?

We take a considered and comprehensive approach to ensuring that your care service is exactly what is required. After every visit the care worker will write the details of activities undertaken during the visit in the care record (which is retained by the customer). In addition, the customer is asked to record their satisfaction by signing the care worker’s timesheet, which is returned to the Blessing Agencies office each week for checking.

How much does Blessing Agencies services cost and can I get any help with the fees?

We will put together a detailed plan for each customer which, as well as setting out the care to be delivered, also shows the weekly costs. Some people will be entitled to assistance with the cost of their care either from their local Social Services office or via other Government grants.

How do I pay for my care?

We will send you a bill once a fortnight. If you wish to pay by standing order (to save you having to remember to write out a cheque) just let us know.

What happens when the office is closed?

Our offices are normally open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Aside from this, we operate an out-of-hours emergency service which is manned from 7am to 10pm. The number for your out of hour’s service can be provided for your reassurance, with someone at the end of the telephone line to assist with any emergencies about your care.

What safeguards do I have?

Blessing Agencies Home Care is registered with the local registration body in England in which we operate. We also full member with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). This enables us to supply our clients with the best and highest quality healthcare professionals.

We also carry Public Liability insurance (M 25).