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Typically, this would consist of helping an elderly or disabled person to get in and out of bed, assisting with washing/bathing or showering and dressing. Also assisting with the administration of medications and ensuring that health and hygiene is adequately maintained and that nutritional needs are met by providing meals and fluids.

 

But often an individual does not need support in this way but needs something else that will enhance their quality of life such as keeping active - not just physically (if that’s still an option), but mentally too.

 

It is important to all of us to retain a sense of identity, feel useful and achieve things and this doesn’t change as we get older. In fact it probably becomes more important as we become less able to do activities that we did when we were younger.

 

Here are some ideas on what else we could provide a service for, either as an add on to an existing care routine, or simply just for some social stimulation.

 

Would you like more information on our daily care services? If so call us today on 01252 521 151

Social support

Kitchen Time

 

Perhaps you feel less able or less confident to carry out some of the activities you once used to in the kitchen, but miss the stimulation of doing things for yourself. Or maybe you just miss the flavours of your own home cooking. Would you like someone to work with you in the kitchen to assist you with some baking, chopping vegetables or making up some meals for you to freeze for the week? We can help with planning the ingredients and going shopping. The care worker can assist with all aspects of the session, including the cooking.

 

Games or Crosswords

 

It can be quite common to feel isolated or under stimulated, and this may be as a result of physical limitations. How about including time for some activities with the care worker such as a game of Ludo, Chess, Cribbage, cards, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or whatever you prefer to play.

 

Out and About 

 

Going out is always a good idea and most people do include this in their care plan. It doesn’t need to be just for practical reasons such as grocery shopping or collecting a pension. How about a visit to a local garden centre or other places of interest, going somewhere for a coffee and a bite to eat, the cinema, museums or anything else that springs to mind that can be done practically – you can always discuss your suggestions with the office manager, just to ensure it can be arranged.

You may think that having care at home only covers personal and practical care routines?

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