One of the most difficult decisions of my life was to care for someone who is so close to you and requires your full attention for at least 24 hours a day 7 days a week for a long term period of time.
To provide Care at Home can be quite confusing especially when the overall providers of care are separate organisations and are mostly private. Making the tasks ahead seems to be insurmountable with unknown responsibilities.
The Medical, Social, Physiological and Psychological care of a person with Dementia can be wide apart in support so that the co-ordination of care is desperately needed to support the one that is being cared for.
To provide Care at Home also requires the provision of domestic cleaning services, overseeing of nursing care, ordering of medication and support materials and planning for each day.
To be able support Care at Home it has now becomes imperative to have access to a Medical Support Team which can now look after both the carer and the cared for.
The leading problem is when medical conditions arise with the person you are caring for, requires urgent support. By using mobile, text and photo-images, medical information can be quickly conveyed to the Teams.
A Medical Support Team and our GP has now become the backbone of Care at Home giving the carer the full support and confidence needed for the well being of the cared.
Our best example of this support for Care at Home, is the Torbay and South Devon NHS foundation Trust at Teignmouth Hospital.
There the Community Matron with a Medical Staff of Consultants, District Nurses, Physiotherapist and Therapist provides a complete support programme of medication, equipment and consultation for Care At Home patients and carers who desperately need the understanding of the support and co-ordination of medical help.
The Medical Support Team has now become the backbone of support for the life of a Care at Home patient in need.
The strategy of Care at Home has now been extended through carer meetings to Social Care and Physiological Care personnel who are detailing how to extend the cared life style from verbal/musical stimulation, bed positioning, body care and on to wheel chair and journey access stimulation. Thus providing a Psychological route to maintain the purpose of mental stimulation.
author: Robert Bovington for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org