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For a loved one it can be difficult to decide whether to put your loved ones in care, however sometimes you have to make a difficult decision, as they are unable to look after themselves.

With family members having busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to provide the best care and support to your loved ones. The decision of deciding the right care can be stressful and overwhelming, and thinking about somebody else looking after your loved ones. There is a lot of options and personalised care that you can take out, and there is an option of live-in care and various residential homes.

As part of the decision-making process, friends and family assess the best care options and work closely with our case managers to choose the most appropriate care options. With the decision-making process, we are here to support you all the way to make the most appropriate choice.

Residential care and live-in care both provide great support and care for those that require it. Both options provide round-the-clock care to ensure your loved ones get the care and support they need across all settings.

There is no wrong choice. Whether you want your loved ones to receive care and support within a residential home or personal home care, depending on your personal commitments. We are here to support you and your loved ones to ensure the best care and support is provided.

What a residential home offers?
By choosing a residential care home, your loved one is entitled to receive long term, round the clock care. Living in a secure and monitored residential care home, ensures your loved ones are in a safe environment at all times.

Benefits of residential care
Living in a residential care home ensures that you receive a well-balanced nutritious diet, structured daily routines, be part of house keeping services and have opportunities to socialise with other residents and visitors are some of the main benefits of residential care.

Residential vs live care photo
Residential vs live care photo

Possible disadvantages of residential care homes
It can be difficult for individuals to adapt within a residential home setting, as your loved ones requiring care are likely to be use to familiar surroundings and around loved ones most of the time, which is not limited at care at home. Within a residential home, pets are not allowed and can be an important part of ensuring companionship.

Advantages of Live-in care
One of the major advantages of live-in care and home care is that care and support provided to the service users is tailored to ensure the best care and support has been provided. When care is provided in a home care setting, healthcare staff are able to develop healthier relationships. There are no restrictions to spend time with your loved ones, be outdoors and you can be around your pets which is great for companionship.

Although there are many benefits of live-in care, the only drawback of home care is that the home may need to be fitted with specialist equipment and you would need a spacious room to facilitate this.

If you are seeking care for your loved ones in a residential or home care setting, then feel free to contact us on 0121 285 9449 and find out more about our services by clicking here

Individuals that have long term conditions or serious health conditions are more likely to benefit from live-in care. Serious conditions such as ventilation care, cancer care etc, are likely to make individuals feel weak and unable to do daily tasks, which are normally simple to do. Examples include, grocery shopping or getting around the house.

We have always been in favour of providing live-in care in a home care environment, so individuals are close to their loved ones and around a comfortable setting, as opposed to a care home environment.

It is important that our service users are supported and cared for to make everyday life much easier, also to ensure that medication is administered on time, which all contributes to the well being of our patients. Below we will highlight how live-in care can help individuals within a home care setting.

Live-in care services offer:

– Independence, enabling you to live at home around your loved ones and within your own environment.
– Tailored care and support provided to an individual. Closely working with care managers to ensure the best quality care and support is provided in a home environment.
– By having a live-in carer, it is more of an affordable approach, compared to residential care.
– Help with everyday tasks throughout the day, such as support with cleaning the house, using the bathroom, preparing food and to assist with movement around the house.
– No restrictions to eat and drink when you want and being around loved ones.
Companionship, feel free to open up to our healthcare team about any problems that you are encountering.
– Care provided in a home care setting, allows individuals to stay closed to their pets for companionship and also you are not limited to spend time outdoors.

Mental health boost
Having somebody that you can talk to and be around can be a great way to reduce mental health matters.

Loneliness with elderly people is very common, particularly as the younger generation have busy lifestyles and childcare commitments.

A live-in care worker could be a great avenue to ensure companionship and to support with jobs around the house, so our service users can spend quality time with their loved ones, as much as possible.

live-in care
live-in care

Personal care support
Personal care assistance, such as assisting with using the bathroom, support with cleaning the house, preparing food and movement around the house. Here at Secure Healthcare, we ensure our service users live a quality life and provide the best quality care and support.

Health routine
Personal home care allows better health treatment, more time is spent with individual service users to ensure the best care and support is provided.

Within a home care setting, you can also eat a healthy balanced diet and you are not restricted to eating a set diet, which is more common in a residential home.

Social events
Care provided within a home care setting allows social activities to boost individual moods. Whether this is meeting with friends, family members or going to events, then home care is an appropriate setting, as this is limited within residential homes.

If yourself or somebody that you know are seeking live-in care, then find out more about our services by clicking here or contact our home care team on 0121 285 9449.

There is approximately around 15 million people in the UK that have Complex care needs, meaning that they require long term healthcare.

What is Complex Care?
Complex care is a person-centred specialist support service for individuals that have a long-term condition, which could be due to a chronic illness, disability or when discharged from a hospital for care or treatment. At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we understand that every client’s needs and requirements are unique, therefore it is important that we provide tailored care and support to accommodate these needs.

Complex care can be provided within a care home or nursing home setting or within a Homecare setting which is becoming more popular, so individuals are close to their loved ones and are used to their surroundings, care can also be provided in the individual’s own home.

NHS funding for Complex Care
Some individuals with long-term complex health needs qualify for FREE social care arranged and funded solely by the NHS, known as NHS continuing healthcare.
NHS
Individuals requiring complex care will be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals to assess care needs.

Find out more about Complex Care funding by clicking here

Complex care needs managed in a home environment
With technology advancing and if patients are in a reasonable stable condition, it allows individuals to receive homecare within a home environment, close to their loved ones. Care will be provided by, complex carers, who have been specifically trained to deal with the individual needs. Case managers and support workers will work closely with healthcare staff to improve care plans and ensure social support is provided.

Live-in care
Around-the-clock support to individuals in your own home, so that care can be provided whenever you require it. The benefit of a live-in carer is that they will understand complex care needs of individuals and get to know routines. For example, individuals that have had a tracheostomy procedure and require ventilator care are likely to need around the clock care.

Complex Care
Complex Care

Visiting Care
This is when homecare is required on an hourly basis, which allows the individual that requires complex care, choose when and how you need support. This gives the flexibility for carers to pop in once or twice a week or for a few hours a day to provide care and support. This could be to prepare meals, help with housework, assist with washing and dressing and for companionship.

Respite Care
Respite care is delivered on a short-term basis, as an individual’s loved ones may be busy with other commitments, or could be on holiday, and if the individual has come home from hospital, you may require extra support to help your loved ones recover.

Individuals with a long-term illness or injury will benefit from Complex Care to accommodate towards their individual needs. We have a team of clinical Nurses with years of medical expertise and experience who work collaboratively with case managers to ensure the right level of care is in place in the comfort of your own home.

Complex Care Conditions
– Acquired brain Injury
– Spinal cord injuries
– Renal care
– Palliative care
– Cerebral palsy
– Neurological conditions (MS & MND)
– Stroke & hypertension
– Parkinson’s and Huntington’s
– Diabetes care
– Catheter, bowel & stoma care
– Tracheostomy care
– Gastronomy care
– Ventilated patients
– Continence care
– PEG feeding
– Tracheostomy care

If you are seeking Complex Care for yourself or loved one, find out more about our complex care services by clicking here and contact our homecare team on 01902 302017

Support Workers are a crucial part of providing vulnerable people care to improve the quality of life for individuals. Support Workers assist individuals that are unable to live independently by providing practical support, assistance with daily tasks, and emotional support. Support workers help people living with different physical disabilities and mental health to support with living their lives more independently. A support worker role is varied and each person has unique individual needs, which makes the job unique.

The day-to-day role of a support worker will vary, as the needs of the person which they are supporting will be unique. As support workers you could be assisting an individual with their daily tasks such as assisting with cooking and cleaning, teaching new skills and providing emotional support to ensure individuals are living a fulfilled life.

You could be providing personal care and support to people in their own homes or within a care home. Providing day-to-day support is important for the individual, however, you will also help individuals integrate within the community.

The main responsibilities of a support worker include:

  • Providing physical support with household tasks and personal care.
  • Supporting individuals with healthcare needs, by undertaking routine checks and administering medication.
  • Supporting individuals with the personal development of skills, through hobbies and interests and to integrate with the community.
  • Educating individuals with life skills, such as shopping, reading, and writing, building communication skills, paying for bills, etc.
  • Communicating with healthcare professionals to ensure care needs are met.

For those that are seeking companionship, a support worker is a great option to build individuals’ confidence and reduce loneliness. Individuals that require a support worker struggle to make friends and communicate, therefore supporting these individuals with their hobbies and interests and helping them integrate within the community is important to build their confidence and develop social skills. For example, we could encourage individuals to play some sports or learn a new skill like cooking. For us it is important that we understand the individual’s needs, so we can communicate with them the best that we can.

Support Workers
Support Workers

Becoming a support worker can be a rewarding job, as you are making a difference in someone’s life and supporting them to become independent and the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction is something that you appreciate. Although it can be challenging it is a great career option for those that enjoy a varied job and interacting with others. Over time you will build a strong relationship with individuals and share new experiences.

To become a support worker, there is no specific qualifications required, support workers need to be passionate about providing care and support and have some care experience. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we provide our employees with training and qualifications to support them with their roles.

One of our support workers Abigail states that “Helping someone in their life keeps me motivated and makes every day rewarding for me”.
To find out more about our support worker jobs in the West Midlands, use our job search tool to discover a part-time or full-time role local to you.

Or contact us on 0121 285 9449

What is Homecare
Home care services is when care and support is provided in the comfort of your own home and surroundings. In your home throughout the day, you are use to your own familiar surroundings and are used to interacting with people that you love. There will be a time when extra care and support is required which is why we offer home care in the comfort of your own home. With home care, there is much more flexibility, whether you need extra care and support for a few hours or live-in care. Home care is a financial saving, compared to care provided in care and residential homes.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions. We provide quality home care designed to deliver domiciliary care, specialist home care, and complex care to the elderly, adults, and children. We are governed by the CQC, with a rating of good, and we work with service users, families and friends, local authorities, social services, and cases managers to create tailored personal home care plans, so we can provide quality care to ensure our service users have a quality of life.

Our home care services are provided by our trained and qualified care team and we have a trained and qualified in-house healthcare team to ensure we provide quality care.

There are different types of home care, depending on the needs of the individual requiring care.

Personal care
This when extra care and support is required to assist with daily tasks throughout the day, which may be because of an illness or for an elderly individual.

Examples of personal care include:

  • Assisting with washing and dressing
  • Support with getting patients in and out of bed
  • Help with going to the toilet
  • Preparing daily meals
  • Talking to the patient and providing the patient company
  • Support with household tasks
  • Helping patients get around the house
  • Administering basic medicines

Companionship care
Companionship care is generally for the older generation who are lonely or at risk of becoming lonely. These individuals are healthy to live in the comfort of their own home, however require some company to not feel lonely to stay happy and mentally strong. Loneliness is a huge issue that impacts a lot of people in life and it is important to have somebody to talk to to build an individual’s confidence, ensure social involvement and avoid or ease depression.

Dementia care
According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there is over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, which is likely to increase by one million by 2025. There is no cure for dementia yet and looking after a loved one requiring dementia care full time can be difficult for a family member, alongside other commitments. Individuals with dementia are likely to have challenging behavior which is unpredictable throughout the day. For example, individuals with dementia may get confused, have angry outbursts and forget daily tasks on a regular basis. With an individual that has dementia, changing routine and the environment will be challenging which is why home care is much more beneficial than residential care, as loved ones are used to the place they know.

Home Care
Home Care

Live-in care
Live-in care is having the reassurance of 24-hour care when a professional carer lives in the home of the individual provided care and support for. Generally, live-in care will be for individuals that have a long-term condition that requires full-time care and support. It could also be to cover a family carer that is having a break. It is a great avenue for those that need daily care and companionship, which allows you to live in the comfort of your own home, have a routine, and develop a strong relationship with the carers.

Respite home care
Respite home care is a short-term care service. This could be to support somebody who cares for a loved one and it could be daily or weekly to help the family carer that has other commitments. It may be for a short period of time, while the family carer is on holiday or it could be to provide extra help when a patient has been discharged from hospital to help the individual recover, as the individual could struggle with movement, have difficulty performing daily tasks and taking medications or injections while recovering.

Nursing care
Although care workers are trained to do medical tasks and administer a lot of medications and wounds, there will be medical tasks that need to be carried out by a qualified nurse which requires nurses’ training and experience. A nurse could be required to care and support for those that have the effects of a stroke, Huntington’s disease, brain or spinal injury, muscular dystrophy, motor neuron disease, cancer care, surgical procedures, tracheostomy care, stoma care, and catheter care, which requires specialist training. Nurses could also be dressing wounds, treating and managing skin problems, and administering injections and some types of medications.

Whether you or your loved ones require home care full-time or part-time, then we are here to help. Find out more about our home care services by clicking here. Contact the home care team on 01902 302017 to discuss home care needs for yourself or your loved ones.

A recent report by Age UK found that over 500,000 elderly people don’t see or speak to anyone else for five to six days a week. They also found there are presently 1.4 million chronically lonely older people in England. Human beings are social creatures and not made to be alone. This is why companionship is so important. Unfortunately, our society has changed drastically over the past few years and social contact is not what it once was.

This is particularly true during the pandemic where we have been in lockdown and it has been harder than ever to see our loved ones. Things such as Facetime and Skype have made it easy to feel that we are in touch with relatives. Unfortunately for those that aren’t in tune with modern-day digital technology, this can be tougher than ever.

Being lonely is not just something that is unpleasant, but can also lead to a host of chronic illnesses. This includes an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, and mental health issues such as depression. It is because of this that companionship care is so important. We are here to help with companionship care services near you to ensure that your loved one is well looked after and has someone to speak to when they need it. Here are some reasons for the importance of companionship care

It can protect them against certain cognitive illnesses
Several studies have been conducted that have shown those who are lonely tend to score worse on the cognitive functioning scale. This means that they could have an enhanced risk of developing something such as dementia. Being on their own for too long has also been shown they are at a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety. With someone to talk to, they can offload any worries or thoughts they might have before they can escalate.

There is a lower risk of heart disease
A recent study found that people who are not in regular contact with people and who suffer from extreme loneliness are 32% more likely to have a stroke and 29% more likely to develop coronary heart disease. The research found that those that are isolated and lonely are less inclined to take care of themselves. They might do less physical exercise, not eat as well and smoke more. Companionship care services can ensure your loved one eats well and regularly and has the company that they need throughout the day.

Why companionship care is so important
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It will give them a sense of purpose
If someone is lonely they will lose their sense of purpose. They are less likely to feel engaged with the world and feel worthless. Without someone to talk to regularly about both important topical matters and mindless chatter, it can have a great effect on someone’s mindset. This can lead them to feel slowly worse in themselves and unmotivated to do everyday, simple tasks. Without motivation they might not want to get up, bathe, get dressed and eat well.

Our companionship care services will ensure they not only have a reason to get up and ready for the day ahead but that they have tasks to do during the day. No matter if this is just watching television or reading a book it will help. We can also take your loved one to social events such as bingo or to a social club and check-in that they are alright.

How will companionship care help?

Our companionship carers can call in however often they are needed. Whether it is someone to pop in twice a week to check on their mental health and wellbeing, have a catch-up over a cup of tea, or help them get to a social event, they are here to help. They will be there to offload any thoughts and worries too; whether these are mental, health-related or to do with aspects in the lives of those around them. They will be there to play board games with and assist with getting up, dressed, and fed. While these might all seem like small tasks, they will make a huge difference to the loved one in question.

These all highlight the importance of companionship care and just how it can help your loved one today. If you are looking for companionship care in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands, and the surrounding areas, we are here to help. We offer
live-in care services, 24-hour care, and many other services to help. If you find yourself asking where can I find companionship care near me, then please get in touch. 

In addition to recruiting and supplying staff to other home based healthcare providers, Secure Healthcare Solutions provide direct homecare services.

Housekeeping and housing support

House cleaning and all types of cleaning and other home chores can all be covered by a staff from Secure Healthcare Solutions who may do the actual job or arrange for it to be done by the right people. Payment of bills is also part of this service. Those who are still able to pursue hobbies and a social life benefit from the company’s trained assistants.

Personal care

Here the type of care is determined by the disability the patient has. The aim is however, one – to make the patient comfortable and to maintain their dignity. It entails personal hygiene, continence and other elimination matters. It also means making sure that supplies such as catheters, colostomy bags and other things that the patient may need are in stock and of the right quality.

Companionship

People who live alone may not necessarily be incapacitated by their health issues. However, loneliness can be just as bad. A friendly and professional companion from Secure Healthcare Solutions is always available whenever one is needed.

High dependency care

Here the patient needs near intensive care services. The services offered in this category are complicated and specialised. These are patients who may need respiratory support, tube feeding and intravenous medications or fluids. These are patients who may be having spinal or brain injuries. Others may be terminally ill and in need of round the clock palliative care. A skilled nurse from Secure Healthcare Solutions makes sure that such patients receive the best care possible and that all the doctor’s treatment orders are followed. These nurses also know the right questions to ask when necessary.

Live-in care

A person offering care on a continuing basis in a home considers many things. Secure Healthcare Solutions considers interests, hobbies, age and the type of disability of the client so that, the most appropriate staff is released to care for that patient. Where pets are involved, the staff’s attitude towards them is also considered. This guarantees a cordial co-existence between the carer and the client.

Respite care

Care giving can be stressful and with time burnout can result. When the care giver needs to be away for holiday or for other reasons, Secure Healthcare Solutions is ready to step-in and maintain the same care the client is used to.

Medication management

An aged patient, a mentally challenged person or a child can have difficulties in following prescribed drugs instructions. A qualified nurse is there to ascertain compliance and to prevent accidental over or under dosages. The nurse also makes sure that the medicines are kept safely and they are still potent and their expiry date is still far.

Home from hospital

Discharge from hospital can create new challenges for both patient and relatives. A Secure Healthcare Solution nurse makes sure that this transition is as smooth as possible. The nurse will arrange transport home after making all necessary clearance with the hospital. She will also make sure that all necessary equipment is available and will install what is needed by the patient at home. The homecare assistance will be tailored to meet the specific patient’s needs.

As family structure continues to evolve and homecare solutions continue to advance in various ways, people in need of specialised homecare will need more than old fashion type of assistance. The training offered by Secure Healthcare Solutions and the specific and direct homecare services it offers will become even more relevant. This is in view of the important role the company plays in the homebased healthcare industry that no individual carer can consistently match.