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What is disability care & what does the service at Guardian Carers look like?

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Older people are overwhelmingly affected by a disability, with over 5 million people over the state pension age having a disability. This number is expected to rise by around 40% until 2022. In this article, we will talk about disabilities and disability care, as well as how our service can help your loved family member at home.

Before beginning to speak about disability care we need to understand what is a disability. A disability is a physical or mental impairment which causes significant and long winding effects on a person’s ability to complete normal daily activities.

In the UK alone, more than 11 million people are living with disabilities. This can be anything from a stroke to loss of limbs to paralysis or learning difficulties such as Down’s Syndrome. Other examples can be neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.

Any disability presents its own challenges. Simple activities such as moving around the home, cooking, bathing or even using the toilet can be challenging for people with disabilities. Nevertheless, with the appropriate care and support, the life of a disabled person can be satisfying and joyful. This is where disability care comes in.

What is disability care

What is disability care?

What is disability care and how can it improve one’s life? Disability care entails practical help at home with everyday tasks as well as care and medical needs. Professional carers, trained and experienced in working with people with disabilities can come to your family member’s home to look after their daily needs and requirements.

Disability carers can assist with tasks around the home such as doing the hoovering, mopping and dusting, changing the bed linen, doing the laundry, organising wardrobes, gardening, cooking nutritious meals and much more. These arrangements differ from person to person. When you enlist a disability carer from Guardian Carers we will ensure that they will be able to fulfil any required tasks.

Most importantly, with the help of disability care, your family member can regain their sense of independence. Disability carers can help with any personal care needs, moving and handling, assisting with morning and nighttime routines, reminding to take medication and much more.

The main benefit of disability care is helping people maintain their independence at home and boost their confidence. With the help of the right disability care, your family member can lead a comfortable and fulfilling life, unencumbered by their disability. Disability care can be hired for as little as 3 hours per day with Guardian Carers and go up to 24-hour live-in care, depending on each person’s needs. With Guardian Carers, this can also be easily increased or decreased over time.

What should you look for when enlisting disability care for a family member?

We know that each person’s experience with disability is unique, therefore we always advise to enlist personalised disability care, based on your family member’s exact needs and requirements. Our carers can ensure that your family member receives the dignity and respect they deserve, as they navigate their disability.

Looking for disability care can prove to be particularly challenging as you want to get only the best of the best care for your family member. Before you start the search, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • What disability does your family member suffer from?
  • Are they in need of support managing their disability?
  • Are you the one providing care currently and need respite or additional support?
  • Do you need support from a professional experienced with a particular disability?
  • What are the needs and requirements of your family member?
  • Do they need long-term support? How many hours of care do they require each day?

Answering these introductory questions will help you get a clearer picture of what the situation is like at the moment. It will allow you to understand whether your family member would benefit from disability care at this point in their life or if you should postpone it for later.

What does disability care look like at Guardian Carers?

If you have decided on hiring disability care for your family member, Guardian Carers can be there to support you in finding the excellent, professional help that you need. Our experienced consultants will understand what the needs and requirements are and tailor the search accordingly.

When we hire our carers there are a few important qualities that we look for. We believe that a good carer should be respectful, patient, reliable and qualified for the role they are expected to fulfil. That is why we only hire carers with a minimum of 2 years of professional care experience.

Moreover, if you require the carer to have a certain level of experience with a specific disability, we will strive to find you exactly what you want for your family member. Here at Guardian Carers, excellence is paramount and we always aim to match our clients with the perfect carers for them. We take great pride in our vetting process, which has been perfected by our specialist consultants over the years.

Our experts will recruit disability carers specifically for your family member, bearing in mind all their specifications. They interview candidates face to face or via video call, an interview where they discuss experience, skills, qualifications and interests. They request two employer references which they verify verbally to ensure authenticity. Our consultants also check the candidates’ background through an enhanced DBS check. The final step is the opportunity for you and your family member to hold your own interviews with the preferred candidates.

As you can see, our disability care service is truly a premium service. We aim to make life easier for your family member and offer them the support they need to maintain their independence at home for as long as possible.

To enquire about our disability care service, you can ring 0207 183 1395. Our specialist consultants will be glad to answer any questions you may have and offer you expert advice under no-obligation.

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