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Care for Older People
We fully understand how difficult it is when the decision has to be made with an older person about their future care provision. We are here to help you find your way through the process and to discuss possible care and funding options which may be available.
With the correct professional help and support an older person can live independently at home, avoiding the need for residential care. NCCN works to maintain and improve independence of older people, involving them and their families every step of the way. Our care workers are there to help rehabilitation following a stay in hospital; or, for example a fall; prevent further deterioration in general health and well-being; and to encourage independence overall. We do this by giving choice, finding more manageable ways of doing everyday tasks, and where appropriate, recommending assistive technology. Where possible we will support people to maintain community and social contacts which are so important for self esteem and keeping interests alive.
Our Assessment Team which is led by qualified nurses, will visit and talk you through all aspects of the service and the way we work as an organisation. Because NCCN heads up all services using qualified nurses and managers we are able to provide a full range of services and we specialise in more complex conditions including dementia; Huntington’s; Parkinson’s; motor neurone disease (including respiratory ventilation); holistic end of life care; support with mobility requiring advanced Moving and Handling techniques; diabetes; stroke care including help with physiotherapy exercises..
To give you an idea of the ways we can help:
- Support at difficult times of the day – this includes: support with getting ready in the morning to start the day, including assistance with bathing or showering and preparing breakfast; meal preparation at lunch and tea time to ensure that nutritious meals are available; and with support with getting ready for bed at night time. Other support available during these visits include assistance with administering prescribed medication or prompting someone to take them independently; support with maintaining personal care and continence care; and supporting with mobility.
- At the end of life – our qualified nurses and Assessment Team work closely with families, alongside GPs, District Nurses and Macmillan Nurses to provide quality holistic support. Care staff are trained in the physical and emotional support needs for families and service users at difficult times.
- Short breaks – to allow family members respite from the responsibilities of caring for a loved one, 3-4 hour respite sessions can be arranged for the same member of care staff to visit every week whilst family have some time for themselves, to offer activities, provide social support and to ensure their safety whilst family are away.
- Support at night – to give family members peace of mind, we can arrange for care staff to sleep over in a spare bedroom to be available during the night to support with any care needs which may be required, including supporting them to the toilet, making a drink, or to simply provide the person with a feeling of security knowing that someone is there. Assistive technology such as vibrating bed sensors, or listening alarms are recommended to wake care staff if necessary. As well as this, waking nights are available for care staff to stay awake throughout the night to support with any care needs, in particularly with complex care, or people coming towards the end of their life, where we supplement the support provided by Marie Curie nurses.
- Accompanying to Hospital and other visits/appointments – with an already established care package, we can provide transport and accompany a person to see their doctor, or to other appointments. A visit to hospital and GP appointments can be very daunting for some people and research shows that patients can only recall 30% of what they are told by a doctor, so we can help to achieve a higher rate of understanding to promote a person’s wellbeing.
Help and support is only a telephone call away, as we provide a 24-hour support service with access to qualified nurses and managers should you need it.
Please contact us by clicking here, or ring us to discuss your care needs, other support services we offer, and to arrange an initial assessment.