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Live-in care is massively popular in the UK as it provides an alternative to moving into a care home, and provides a more affordable avenue. Angels Care at Home specialise in Live-in care. Our mission is to:
- Keep your environment exactly the way you need it to maintain your comfort
- Keep you the “King” or “Queen” of your own “Castle”, we will respond to your needs and work alongside you to ensure a high standard of living
- Keep your possessions and cherished memories within the walls of your family home
- Keep your routine exactly how you feel fit, whilst assisting you throughout the day to maximise satisfaction
Angels Care at Home go further than what’s expected, we believe that when people stay in their own homes they are far more comfortable and they live easier receiving more pleasures from life. It is our responsibility that we embark upon a relationship that not just provides you with support but ignites previous passions, not just to talk about old memories but to create new meaningful ones, not just to live at home but to embrace a welcoming community while being a respectable member yourself. We dedicate our attention on lines of progress towards your well-being, mind and body.
Around 850,000 people in the UK have Dementia, so if you are diagnosed with or know someone who has Dementia you are not alone. Dementia is the name for a group of illnesses that affect the brain, there are several types of Dementia, the most common is Alzheimer’s disease. The early signs of Dementia are states of forgetfulness and confusion – forgetting people’s names or how to get home. As the illness progresses, everyday tasks such as shopping or cooking become difficult, with social situations hard to manage. Dementia is gradual and everyone experiences the changes at different speeds. There is no cure but there are treatments that help slow it down or help people cope with certain symptoms.
There are many ways of helping people live a full happy life, these range from simple adaptions in the home to support from health and social care professionals. As the changes usually happen slowly we will have time to make adaptations to find out what works for you. With a true assessment we will develop ways to make your life as worry free as possible, whilst ensuring you have the freedom to continue your interests and general life style doesn’t completely diminish.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Care
It is estimated there are currently around 100,000 people with MS in the UK. Multiple Sclerosis affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. The potential symptoms are:
- Loss of vision – Usually only in one eye
- Spasticity – Muscle stiffness that can lead to uncontrolled muscle movements
- Ataxia – Difficulties with balance and co-ordination
- Fatigue – Feeling very tired during the day
There are three types of Multiple Sclerosis
- Relapsing remitting MS – someone with relapsing MS will have flare-ups of symptoms, known as relapses. These can last from a few days to a few months. These will be followed by periods where symptoms are mild or disappear altogether. This is known as remission and can last for days, weeks or sometimes months.
- Secondary Progressive MS – Usually after around 15 years, around half of people with relapsing remitting MS will go on to develop secondary progressive MS. Symptoms gradually worsen over time, and may still have relapses, but without full recovery from symptoms.
- Primary progressive MS – In this type, symptoms gradually get worse over time and there are no periods of remission.
Our experiences of caring for service users with MS have led us to believe the best treatment we can offer is to never forget who you are. If and when a service user has an off day it is completely normal and doesn’t change the person. Our focus will be on providing exercise and good nutrition, we believe with simple steps we can redirect our service users position and make progress in continuing a high standard of life.
Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the brain and central nervous system. It progresses over time and affects movement such as walking, talking and writing. The three most common symptoms are:
Tremor – shaking usually in one arm or hand. It is likely to occur while at rest and decrease when the arm or hand is used. It is the first symptom reported by around 70% people diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Muscle stiffness or rigidity – this may cause problems when attempting to get up out of a chair or fasten a button
Slowness of movement – this particularly affects initiating a movement or in the time it takes to complete it.
If you are having difficulties with day-to-day activities, even with the help of your partner, family, and friends, it is important to contact us so we can determine what practical support you will need in order for you to feel comfortable and make progress.
Urinary and Bowel Incontinence Care
Incontinence is an inability to control bowel or Urinary movements, resulting in involuntary soiling or leakage. The experience of incontinence can vary from person to person. The different types of Incontinence are:
- Stress incontinence – Leaking small amounts of urine during physical movement (such as coughing, sneezing and exercising). Stress incontinence is the most comfort of incontinence in women.
- Urge incontinence – An uncontrollable urge to urinate of leaking large amounts of urine at unexpected times including during sleep, after drinking a small amount of water, or when you touch water or hear it running.
- Functional incontinence – not being able to reach a toilet in time because of physical disability, obstacles or problems in thinking or communicating. For example, a person with Alzheimer’s disease may not think well enough to plan a trip to the toilet in time to urinate.
- Overflow incontinence – Leaking small amounts of urine the bladder hasn’t emptied completely. This could be due to nerve damage or an obstruction.
- Mixed incontinence – A combination of incontinence, most often when stress and urge incontinence occur together.
Incontinence can be upsetting and hard to cope with, but our care is effective and we will deliver you from feeling isolated and socially awkward to learning how to adapt to your situation and gaining control over it. In many cases, with the right treatment, a person can maintain normal bowel function throughout their life, our role will be to seek the favoured method for all our service users.