Speech And Mobility Services To Aid Stroke Recovery

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The time after a stroke can be very distressing for both individual’s and their loved ones. A stroke can lead to difficult decisions about what happens next, as daily living tasks such as washing, dressing and meal preparation can become a struggle. This makes living independently difficult and extra support may be required.
Rehabilitation services
A lot of support may be required after a stroke, as there may be a decline in mobility or problems with communication may develop. As a result, additional support may be required, and this can be provided through various rehabilitation services, some of which are mentioned below.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy may be required to help after a stroke. Physiotherapists can be extremely beneficial for individual’s, as they can help them to regain some mobility. This can be done through exercises designed to help to regain strength.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists may also be of help to individual’s after suffering from a stroke. This is particularly the case if they have suffered from speech or swallowing problems.
The therapists can help an individual by providing them with exercises such as head and neck lifting, and helping you to change your posture to help to maximise ease when swallowing.
Speech can also be aided by helping to find methods of easing communication. For example matching words to pictures and exercises to help improve the strength of mouth muscles.
They can also help with issues controlling your breathing by giving you exercises and help you to concentrate on what you are saying, by encouraging deep breathing between sentences.

Other services

There are many services available to aid stroke recovery and these include: occupational therapists, community or district nurses, psychologists, counsellors, and dieticians. All of these services can be beneficial in aiding stroke recovery as many problems can arise.
For example a dietician may be required to assist with feeding problems, including loss of appetite or trouble swallowing. They help by finding out what the problem is and help them to find ways of overcoming it such as alternative foods. A meal plan may be devised to healthy and balanced diet is being maintained.

How can Home Care help?

Home Care may become beneficial after suffering from a stroke, they may have lost some independence. If the stroke wasn’t severe, they may still be mobile, but lacking in confidence meaning that they no longer feel comfortable doing tasks alone.
Home Care may be beneficial as a care worker can support them with many areas that they may struggle with including: personal care, meal preparation, domestic duties, and medication management. This helps to ensure individual’s feels relaxed and safe at home.
Home Care aids stroke recovery by supporting an individual to regain strength, confidence and some independence. This can be done through supporting an individual to do exercises provided by other services, and ensuring that they are eating properly to ensure that they are getting all of the nutrients they require.

Free Seminar – Who will pay for long term care?

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With an ageing population, Long Term Care provision is becoming a more prevalent issue.  One in four people are likely to need Long Term Care in the future, and provision for this eventuality is very often dismissed until there is an immediate need.  Indeed, for those receiving care or wishing to increase that care, there is the constant worry of how they can continue to afford it. Government provision is limited and more and more people will be faced with ‘self-funding’ their nursing/homecare fees, potentially depleting their assets.

We have compiled a panel of experts to present in clear English all the options currently available. The topics to be covered will include:

  • what is homecare and how will it be paid for?
  • how can you protect your assets, what are the options and what of future provision?
  • look at the use of wills and powers of attorney
  • how Domiciliary Care Providers deliver their services
  • how a relationship with a team of trusted advisers can protect the recipients of homecare

The seminar will be hosted by Everycare and with guest speakers Brian Fisher of Life, Simon Whipple of The Cares’ Legal Centre Solicitors and Sarah Quirk (SOLLA Accredited) from SarahQuirk Associates. The venue for this FREE 90 minute presentation is at British Red Cross Centre, Red Cross House, Winnall Close, Winnall Manor Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB on Tuesday 5th July 2011.

Timing of meeting:

  • Lunch: 11:45 am for 12:00 noon commencing with buffet lunch

To book a space on the seminar call Mike on 01962 842548 or email  info@everycarehants.co.uk .

 

Is there a crisis coming in Care?

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With the squeeze on Government spending there is concern that the quality of care given will reduce. As the care industry is very much a people driven industry if the amount being paid for care is falling then the amount of labour cost must fall to keep care businesses viable. In the Care Home setting this can result in lower numbers of carers and in the home care setting the use of cheaper labour or trying to do more i.e. rushing the care provided.

The fear is that a two tier system will emerge with private clients paying for the care that they require and state funded clients getting a poorer standard of care. With an increasing number of people getting older then there is real pressure on the system to be able to deliver the level of care required.

Our concern as a service provider is that we will not be able to tempt new carers into the market if we cannot afford to pay a high enough rate.

We can certainly vouch for the fact that there has been limited Government support for setting up our Care Agency and certainly no specific advice in the area of Care. The local authority has offered some support.

We agree with the main findings in the report that you will find a link to below. This report was commissioned by PriceWaterHouseCoopers.

Everycare are committed to delivering a high quality of home care and will not compromise on this at all.

Fair Care Crisis Report

By Mike Frizzell Everycare Central Hants www.everycarehants.co.uk

Preparation For Living At Home With Alzheimer’s Disease Or Dementia

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Care for the Elderly can be stressful but even more so when the loved one has Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Creating a safe home environment can ease some of this stress, and getting needed time away from elderly care by employing an at home care service can also help.

Creating a safe environment removes the danger and stress from at home elderly care. The hardest part in safeguarding a home for elderly care can be assessing the existing risks, identifying areas that need to be improved, and preventing wandering. The following checklist can help when planning for safe at home elderly care.

  • Install grab bars in bathrooms and put non-slip bath mats in baths and shower trays. Use a handheld showerhead and shower bench.
  • If necessary remove the car and or the car keys from temptation if the person should not be driving.
  • Install locks on all windows and doors and if the person tends to wander out, keep them locked. Install deadbolt looks on doors that need a key to open.
  • Place nightlights in the bedroom, hall and other walkways.
  • Remove the locks on bathroom doors to prevent the person from accidentally locking themselves in.
  • Use childproof locks on any cabinets where medicine, chemicals or dangerous items like knives or other sharp objects are kept.
  • Keep walkways clutter-free and the house tidy to avoid trips and falls.
  • Consider replacing loose rugs and anything else that might cause an elderly person to slip or fall.
  • Install outdoor flood lighting to illuminate walkways at night.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen. Install an automatic shut-off switch on the cooker.
  • The elderly person should carry identification medical alerts if necessary so that in the event that he or she wanders off, someone will be able to identify him or her. If the elderly person does become lost, it is important to have a recent photograph of the person on hand to show police.
  • Make sure the elderly person’s financial and legal documents are in order, and kept in a secure place.
  • Use an adult day care service to reduce the stress and demands of elderly care. This way you can have peace of mind knowing that a qualified, caring person is providing elderly care while you are away.

Home Care services are available to help you cope with looking after the elderly. You need to remember that you need a life as well; if you are stressed by giving all the care then the care that you provide will likely suffer. It is important that you take holidays and call in professional care when you go away.

By Mike Frizzell Everycare Central Hants  www.everycarehants.co.uk

Many may be working into their 70’s.

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Under the current law there is a default retirement age of 65; this means that once you turn 65 your employer can retire you. Often a person turning 65 now is not ready to retire or does not have enough pension or savings to want to retire. The Government is considering abolishing or raising the retirement age to help deal with the costs of an ageing population.

The Coalition Government is planning to raise the state pension age for men to 66 from 2016 – this is nearly 10 years earlier than the last Labour Government was planning.

As the country grapples with ever-increasing life expectancy, ministers are to also raise the possibility of extending the pension age to 70.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the new policies were intended to “reinvigorate retirement”.

He said: “Now is absolutely the right time to live up to our responsibility to reform our outdated pension system and to take action where the previous government failed to do so.”

Millions of workers who are not saving for retirement face being enrolled in company schemes unless they opt out under the plans. Just over a third of people are thought to be currently saving into a private pension.

Michelle Mitchell, Age UK’s Charity Director, said: “The coalition must not make any rash decisions about the future of our pensions system. Before rushing through any increase to state pension age, the government must first reduce the health inequalities between rich and poor, and create a much fairer job market for older people. Failure to do so will force millions of older people, many of them poorer and with lower life expectancies, to work for longer or face another year trapped in unemployed limbo.

“Any review into bringing forward the state pension age increase must take into account the full impact on these workers. Clearly there are huge challenges ahead for the new government but now is the time to renew the fight against pensioner poverty and commit to eradicating it once and for all.”

I would comment that we are still seeing ageism in recruitment and unless this changes there will be a lot of people willing to work but unable to get gainful employment. The UK always seems to have had a problem with valuing experience. Often when there are redundancies the older workers are released in favour of keeping lower paid less experienced workers. I would want to see solid progress in the reduction of unemployed people who are over 50. The current Job Centre Plus does little to help people with senior management skills or those that were well paid.

If people want to start up a new business I found that there was no support whatsoever from a financial point of view, the Job Centre was all about finding a job not helping while you set up in business.

By Mike Frizzell Everycare (Central Hants) Ltd, www.everycarehants.co.uk

Our Professional Care Is There To Avoid This

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These words from Outside Left are causing me to remember that I have knuckles:

“Slowly but surely, the true picture is emerging of widespread failure involving many people in different services.“

I didn’t have a Baby P, but I had the equivalent of Baby P.  She had a longer life than Baby P, but an equally horrible death.  Baby P was only a baby; she was an 83-year old.  Baby P was neglected within his own family and by those who were charged with looking after his life; my 83-year old was never neglected within her own family, but was seriously neglected by those who were charged with looking after her life.

It’s almost 3 years on now since she was found to have suffered “sub-standard care” also known as neglect in a care home, and which resulted in her death.  A care home that was not fit for purpose.  But who cares?  Who cared about her?  I did, and I do.

There was indeed widespread failure involving many people in different services, in my own personal experience of ‘care’ aka ‘neglect’.  I’ll try to list a few of them:

  1. The Local Authority;
  2. the Mental Health Care of Older People Team;
  3. the Social Worker working for the first time ever on behalf of older people with dementia – a locum social worker who knew nothing of the locality or of dementia.  If only she had told us that then, we might have worked out a way to help her too, but we didn’t know it then;
  4. the next Social Worker  seconded to that same  MHCOP team from the LA, but who seemed to have been ‘shackled’ sufficiently to render her in total awe of her job-providers and her experience-gaining-secondment from Australia (!);
  5. the extra-care sheltered housing, contracted by the Local Authority and recommended as ‘suitably suitable’ by the first Social Worker;
  6. the domiciliary care agency owning and providing domiciliary care to that same extra-care sheltered housing complex, which was run in the best interests of the agency staff working there and where the main focus was on independent dying, not independent living;
  7. the Assessment Ward of the Mental Health Unit via the NHS/PCT/Trust/Partnership …. changed its name so many times;
  8. the Local Authority’s Adult Social Services/Housing department with particular responsibility for housing those in need of care;
  9. the Local Authority’s commissioning department who are supposed to commission and contract safe residential care services;
  10. the CQC / CSCI departments charged with regulating, inspecting, reporting on and ensuring the safe regulation of residential care  homes with nursing and ensuring that they are/were all above board and safely guaranteed competent to receive vulnerable elderly people with dementia;
  11. the care home, who had no systems of protection in place;
  12. the care home provider with a 25-year contract to provide safe services to vulnerable elderly people with dementia;
  13. the Adult Protection Coordinator who could and should have helped us through the months that followed ….   …. ….
  14. All of the above agencies who had not realised that there were no systems of protection in place.

I can’t begin to tell you all how it feels to list the above, and I have to make a huge effort so as to avoid a further few ‘agencies’ involved.

I’m feeling almost weak at the knees remembering and trying to create a coherently readable list of all the agencies involved.

But they all failed.  From start to finish.  Each and every one of them failed.  Failed to protect and preserve life.

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Preserve your Health, be Active

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As we grow older we run the risk of failing health and having to be put into a Residential Home where we are looked after in an intensive way. This comes at a large cost because we are giving up our own home so that we can afford the residential care. There is an alternative and that is to act in the prevention of failing health and remain living at home with the help of home and community care.

Louisa Jorm professor of population health at the University of Western Sydney says “People who are obese, sedentary, smokers, who reported falling in the past year or who eat little fruit or vegetables are significantly more likely to need help”

“Everyone wants to stay living in the community before moving into aged-care facilities,” Professor Jorm said.

“Home and Community Care is the first step in that process and we should have the goal of keeping them there rather than moving them into more intensive services”.

“For instance, there are very low levels of physical activity for those receiving these services, and a high proportion had falls in the last 12 months, so that’s a clear intervention point we could look at. Programs around gentle exercise could improve strength, help balance and prevent falls.”

“Home and Community Care services are much cheaper than residential aged-care and there is already intense pressure on availability, so clearly if we can offer quick and cheap interventions it would be better.”

High quality Home Care is about supplying services that encourage older people to do things for themselves.

The care needs to aim for outcomes that get people active again; if someone was able to do something in the past then they must be encouraged to do that again.

An example is meals, rather than just be delivered a meal the person should be encouraged to go shopping for their food and learn how to cook the meal for themselves. This not only gets them active but will probably result in a healthier diet.

Everycare are a home care company that works with people in preventing a decline in their health and encouraging them to get healthier and be involved in the local community

For more information contact Melanie at Everycare on 01962 842548.

Take action today to improve your life and live a more active lifestyle.

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Home Care will be “better and cheaper”

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“There’s no point in coming into the hospital. There’s nothing to see,” says Dr Aodhán Breathnach, a consultant microbiologist at St George’s Hospital in south-west London. “There’s just me, filling in forms. This happens out in the community.”
John Hick
Part of the drive to save money in the “Big Idea” is too allow more people to manage themselves from home and save the cost of hospital treatment.

One such example is John Hick who manages his long-term condition at home, hopefully saving hospital money
There will be pressure on Public Services to be delivered both “better and cheaper”.

For John Hick, a 55-year-old former cavalry officer and property consultant, that is undoubtedly the case.
His spine was broken in a traffic accident while on army service in Oman in the 1980s and he is a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. Last year he developed a deep-seated and life-threatening spinal abscess that requires intravenous antibiotics three times daily. Normally, this would be done in hospital.

Initially, Mr Hick spent two months in St George’s Hospital. Since November, however, he has been administering the antibiotics himself, at home, through a line installed in his arm.

“It is,” he says, “a win-win. It is cheaper for the NHS than me being in hospital and it is certainly much better for me. I can get on with my life.” And, says the man who chairs the medical charity Spinal Research, “I’ve been pretty busy.”
A decade ago, the idea that patients themselves could administer intravenous antibiotics would have been revolutionary – given the risk of serious infection if the procedure is not completely sterile.

But “patients are delighted with this”, Dr Breathnach says. “They are in their own environment, not stuck in hospital. They can get on with their lives. They are much less likely to pick up hospital-acquired infections. It is a better service.”
He cautions that it is not suitable for everyone. “You can’t use it for people with chaotic lifestyles,” he says.

Given the considerable daily cost of a hospital bed, the hospital believes that the service, run in partnership with a Home Healthcare company, does work out cheaper.

But, Dr Breathnach says, “it is not enormously cheaper”. The pre-mixed antibiotic fluid has a short shelf life so Mr Hick requires three deliveries a week. The drugs are temperature-sensitive so patients receive a dedicated fridge. “We can’t be sure that someone’s domestic fridge is good enough,” Dr Breathnach says.

And Mr Hick still needs visits from the Home Healthcare nurse, regular blood tests and hospital appointments to check the antibiotics are working.

Dr Breathnach’s service is a prime example of what the Department of Health means by “care closer to home” – an approach it claims will produce a mighty £2.7bn of savings, or about 2.5 per cent of the NHS budget, during the next few years.

While undoubtedly “cheaper and better”, the service is not releasing cash. No beds have gone at St George’s as a result. They fill up with other patients.

“There’s no shortage of sick people out there needing stuff done to them,” Dr Breathnach says. “It’s not my area of expertise. But in my opinion we are not going to be able to shut a load of hospital beds to save money until we improve primary care and prevention so patients who don’t need to come to hospital stop doing so.”

From an article by Nicholas Timmins

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Home Care Keeping You Independent

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Age is a measure of our life, when we first enter the world we are faced by many challenges but we are supported by family. When it comes to our old age we face more challenges than we did as a child but now we do not necessarily have the family there to support us. Nowadays many family members work and do not have the time to assist their elderly relative in living independently. To maintain our dignity in old age we much prefer to live in our own home.

A good option to stay at home is to use the services of a home care company. The home care company will work with you to enable you to get more out of life and stop you being moved to a care home or other facility. Living at home helps you to stay healthier, as you are not exposed to germs that can be passed on in facilities shared with strangers. There is no restriction on visit times because you are in your own home. This helps you to stay attached to your family and loved ones. For an old person is it stressful to have to go through the changes in having to move out of one’s own home and adapt to new routines or new places; by staying at home this stress is avoided.

Home care specialists provide assistance in dealing with daily activities such as medication prompting, disbursement, meal preparation, housekeeping, dressing and even transportation. Home Care can be very flexible to fit around your needs and can include acting as a live-in companion, overnight caretaker or just on an as-needed basis. An ideal home care specialist can become an extended member of the family and a personal bond can be created that provides a sense of trust, security and assurance. Home care is for many people a better option than moving to a care home and it will be cheaper.

Written by Mike Frizzell – www.everycarehants.co.uk

Everycare can serve your home care needs.

Everycare Central Hants Up and Running

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A new force in Home Care and Agency Staff for Care Homes has risen in Winchester – called Everycare.

Everycare is established around the country and has been in business since 1993 and has a reputation for deliverying a first class service tailored to client requirements.

We are currently recruiting Health Care Assistants and Home Carers with pay rates starting at £7.50 and going up to £14.60, holiday pay is on top of this.

For the Health Care Assistants roles it is preferred for people to have 6 months experience of working in a Care Home.

For Home Carers training can be given but it is essential to have access to your transport and to hold a full driving licence.

All staff will have to have an Enhanced CRB check done.

Please call Melanie at anytime to arrange an immediate interview on 01962 842548.