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Discharge care: How can a live-in carer help me at home?

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Since the coronavirus outbreak, more people are being discharged from the hospital. If you are being discharged from hospital your doctor will recommend continuing care at home. Hiring a live-in carer to help get you back on your feet seems to be the most viable option. If you want to find out why a live-in carer is best and how you can get discharge care at home, then read on.

How can I get live-in discharge care at home?

You may have been discharged from the hospital recently or have been informed that you will be discharged. Your doctor will recommend you a post-discharge recovery plan which may include physiotherapy and medicines.

With Guardian Carers any of your needs can be accommodated. With our discharge care service, you will receive exactly what you need. Especially during the time of coronavirus, it would be advised that you get the help of a live-in carer at home. This is because a live-in carer will be there to look after you 24 hours a day and even more importantly, they will be able to self-isolate with you in your home.

A live-in carer in your home will ensure that you follow your discharge recovery programme, as instructed by your medical professional. They will also make sure to keep in touch with nurses and GPs. Your live-in carer will also report to your doctor if any changes occur and will update your progress to them as well as your family.

With Guardian Carers it’s extremely easy to get discharge care and have a live-in carer move in with you for a temporary period of time or for as long as you need them to. From your very first point of contact, you will be dealing with a specialist care consultant who will dedicate their time to find you the most suited live-in carer.

Your live-in carer will be someone who will have experience working with someone suffering from the same condition as you or recovering from the same or similar surgery. You will never have an inexperienced live-in carer come into your home.

Guardian Carers live-in carers can be hired for as long as you need them to. If you only need a live-in carer to help you settle back into your home for 2 or 3 days, that is fine. If you need a live-in carer for a longer period of time, this can also be arranged. It’s also important to note that if you need a live-in carer urgently, one can even be arranged for you in under 24 hours.

How can a live-in carer support me at home?

A live-in carer can be there for you to help you settle back into your home and recover at your own pace. They can help with anything from monitoring your health and personal care to housekeeping and cooking. These are just some of the things a discharge carer can do for you:

  • Personal care
  • Mobility assistance
  • Medication prompting
  • Running errands
  • Cooking
  • Hoovering
  • Dusting
  • Doing laundry

Our discharge carers have experience working with a myriad of conditions including injuries, cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s or arthritis, just to name a few. A lot of our carers have even had prior experience of working as healthcare assistants or nurses in the NHS, which proves they are highly qualified to work in discharge care in your home.

If you have suffered from a sports injury and have recently been through a surgery, for example, we have live-in carers who can come support your recovery at home. They will ensure that you follow your doctor’s orders. Our live-in carers can ensure that you follow a physiotherapy programme and help you progressively increase your endurance and performance.

If you need to follow a particular nutrition programme, our live-in carers can cook food appropriate for you and in the right manner. Almost all our live-in carers have experience of cooking for various people and they are used to following particular programmes, schedules and cooking with fresh ingredients.

How are live-in carers vetted?

Our live-in carers probably go through the most extensive vetting procedures in the private home care sector. We meet all of our live-in carers face to face. In our interviews, we thoroughly discuss their experience, skills and qualifications. We also ask that they provide us with 2 references, which we check verbally. More than this, we request that all our live-in carers have an enhanced DBS check, also known as a Police check, in order to verify that they have a clean background.

We go above and beyond in ensuring your safety and security. We pride ourselves in offering a premium service all throughout. That is why before you decide to hire any of our live-in carers, we offer you the unique chance to interview the discharge carers yourself. You have the choice to do that face to face or by video call. This way you can ensure that our live-in carers do not simply look good on paper, but they have the right personality for you and they will fit well in your home, for as long as you need them.

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