Convalescent Care with Christies Care
Are you in hospital, ready to go home, but need care and support while you convalesce? Live-in care means that you can return to your own home, rather than staying in hospital, or being sent to a residential or convalescent home.
You will be cared for in familiar surroundings, with your family, friends and neighbours, getting better care than in any care home. And when you are better, you dismiss the carer, and get on with your life.
We know that few people actually like staying in hospital, most people want to get home, where they will get the food they want and like, won’t have to sleep in a narrow, uncomfortable bed, won’t have to be woken up when they don’t want to wake up, and so on.
Over the 30 years of Christies Care’s existence, we have become very experienced at helping find carers so people can convalesce at home, and can be discharged from hospital.
We have had many successes, where we have seen clients get better far faster than ever predicted, simply because they are getting the care they want, in the place they want.
How do we make it a success?
The answer varies on every case, but it comes down to planning, organisation and adaptability.
Sometimes things are straightforward. Take the case of Mr Smethwick, a client of ours who had had a planned hip replacement. He was discharged when planned, was picked up from the hospital by his son, who took him home, and then the carer arrived.
Mr Smethwick is getting better fast, already he has nearly got to the stage of being able to get rid of his carer, though he is talking about “booking him in for the next operation on the other hip”!
Sometimes the scenario is more complicated.
For example, we have a client who we were just about to start with, next week. Then, before we could start, she slipped and broke her pelvis. So now she was in hospital. Instead of being a fairly independent woman, she now needed a hoist to be transferred, a wheelchair and a hospital bed.
We made sure that the equipment was delivered before the discharge date and arranged for the carer to come a day before discharge, to organise the equipment, air the house, buy some flowers, fill the fridge, and to go into hospital and introduce herself to the client.
The carer was then able to go to hospital on the discharge date, to accompany her home in the ambulance.
We rang the client and carer after the first day, to check that everything was fine, and it was, they were getting on well.
Then on day three, our local area advisor went to visit, to check, face-to-face with our client that everything was going fine, and to reassess her wants and needs, now she was home.
The client has a great deal of physiotherapy to do, to make sure that she recovers as fully as possible. Our carers are trained to work closely with physiotherapists and to encourage their clients to do the exercises they need, in order to get better.