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When faced with illness or immobility, it can be a struggle to carry out everyday activities that you may have once performed with ease.
Our discreet personal care service is designed to support you with your day-to-day living, as well as providing you with the encouragement and emotional support that you may need to remain living independently.
Our personal care service can support you with getting in and out of your bed, dressing, administering medication, bathing and continence care, at a time to suit your convenience. Maintaining your dignity is of paramount importance to us, which is why our Carers will ensure you feel comfortable at all times.
Your Carer is able to fully support you with your bathing requirements. They can assist you in getting in and out of the bath or shower safely, as well as washing and drying your hair and body, if required. Should you be able to bathe independently, they are able to sit with you and offer support when needed; giving you peace of mind that someone is there to ensure your safety.
Fastening buttons and zips, and tying laces are simple processes to most however, for many individuals such things can become impossible tasks. If you need help getting dressed and undressed, you can rely on our Carers to provide support to make things easier for you.
Our Carers are able to assist you getting in and out of bed, at a time which suits your own routine. In addition, we can also provide support with hoisting, as required.
We are able to support both your urinary and faecal continence whilst preserving your dignity, at all times. Your Carer can help you to get to and from the toilet and, where required, will monitor your personal hygiene in order to ensure your health and comfort. This can include changing catheter and stoma bags, incontinence pads and sheets, and help with bathing and changing clothing.
As part of our personal care service, our Carers are able to support you with all aspects of meal times. This can include assisting with your weekly shop, helping with the preparation of your meals, and managing the food in your house.
Our Carers can assist you with light household duties as part of your personal care service and will help with tasks such as laundry, vacuuming and washing up. If you are able to complete these tasks yourself, in order to maintain your independence our Carers can just be on hand to offer support where required.
You may sometimes forget to take your prescribed medication, or may struggle to take it the correct way, which could put your health at serious risk. Our Carers are able to alleviate this worry by prompting you to take your medication and ensure you’re taking the right dosage, at the right time.
If remembering to take your medication is not a problem, but you’re unable to physically take it due to your condition, our Carers may be able to help administer your medication, provided there is a clear prescription to follow.
Tailored To Meet Your Needs
Everyone is unique and will have different preferences regarding the level of support that they will need. As a result, wherever possible, our Carers will encourage you to make your own choices about your daily needs and support requirements.
In order to provide you with a care service which matches your care requirements exactly, we will arrange for a member of our Care Team to visit you and carry out a full assessment of your individual circumstances and needs.
Following this visit, we will be able to provide you with a fully casted proposal for your care package.
Personal Care FAQs
What safeguards do you put in place to ensure my safety and well-being?
Because dementia is a degenerative condition we take the greatest possible care over your treatment plan, who delivers it and your feelings about it, from start to finish.
How soon can my care service start?
Our service can often commence within 48 hours of your initial enquiry. Upon receiving your enquiry we will arrange for Blessing Agencies Homecare service Assessor to visit you in your home and carry out a full assessment of your care requirements and a risk assessment to ensure your safety. A personalised care plan will be produced for you, which we will finalise with you and your family, making sure that you are happy with every aspect. We will select Carers to provide your care based on your needs, personality and preferences.
We understand that in a crisis situation you need us to react quickly to allow a care package to start immediately. In such circumstances we will simplify our service delivery process and carry out an immediate assessment in order to facilitate a faster response.
Do I need a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to support me?
To determine whether you will require the support of a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker we will carry out a full care assessment, identifying exactly what your care requirements are. Carers are able to support you with everyday activities such as meal preparation and getting in and out of bed, however, a Nurse will support you with more complex requirements such as dressing wounds, administering complex medication, or making clinical judgements with regards to your pain relief. Should you wish to have support from a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant and Support Worker at varying times, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you.
I don’t have a spare bedroom; can my Sleeping Night Carer sleep on the sofa?
When providing a Sleeping Night service, our Carers require a private room to sleep in. Should this not be available in your home it is negotiable with individual carers if they would be happy to have a portable bed in another room. They are not able to share a room with another person.
How will my Sleeping Night Carer hear me when I wake?
Although our Carers are in your home on a sleeping basis, they are aware of listening out for you should you need support. Our past experience has shown that audio monitors from your room to theirs have worked very well in ensuring you are heard and responded to quickly.
If I am receiving a Sleeping Night service, how long can my Carer stay awake with me if I need them in the night?
If we are providing a Sleeping Night service, we have a duty to ensure that our Carers receive an adequate level of sleep to ensure they can perform their duties throughout the day. As a result it is not safe for our Carers to be awake for extended periods of time throughout the night. An extended period of time is classed as anything more than 15 minutes at a time.
Should you feel that you require assistance for longer than this at any point throughout the night, your care package will be reviewed and it may be more suitable for you to be offered a Waking Night service
What if I wake my sleeping night Carer more than three times?
If you require attention more than three times per night our Carer will continue to support you, however the service provided will need to be reviewed in order to ensure safety levels are maintained. Should you require assistance more than 3 times a night on a regular basis, we will look to implement a Waking Night care package until you are feeling more settled. Our services can be reviewed and changed at short notice, ensuring you always receive the correct levels of care.
What will my Waking Night Carer do whilst I am asleep?
Your Carer will be able to support you with any care that you require through the night and complete tasks that you request to be completed whilst you are asleep.
Whilst you are sleeping your carer are able to complete tasks such as washing, cleaning and tidying. Our Carers will keep a daily record on any care they attend to in your home and this is available for you and any requested member of your family to see.
Can my Live-in Carer help me with my pets?
Whilst your Carer will do everything they can to support you, we can guarantee support with your pets as we provide the pet care services at Blessing Agencies. If you do require help with looking after your pets, we will do our utmost to match you with a Carer who feels comfortable doing so.
What if I require the support of my Live-in Carer during the night?
Your Carer can be called upon up to three times during the night. Should you feel you need more assistance during the night, your care service will be adapted to accommodate this. In such cases, it may be necessary for you to receive a 24 hour care service where you will have two different Carers, one providing support during the day and another caring for you through the night. Your care package will be regularly reviewed to ensure you continue to receive the level of support that you need.