The physical disability that Parkinson’s Disease brings with it should not mean that you can’t carry on living an independent life, in your own home. With a live-in carer, our clients with Parkinson’s can still get up when they want to, go out when they want to, wash when they want to and live life as they want to. Whether our client needs full time care, or a family carer just needs someone for a respite break, Christies Care has over 25 years’ experience of finding suitable, well trained carers to help people with Parkinson’s disease carry on living independently at home.
A live-in carer is there whenever you need her. If you have a bad day, you have her there to help you.
If you have a good day, she then becomes more of a housekeeper and a companion than a carer.
What does it cost? Depending on your wants, needs and your management model, the total cost is usually between £900 and £1,300 a week.
We train all Christies Care carers to help people move safely (from as little as helping someone to stand up, to full assistance using a hoist), as well as how to administer medication and how to carry out other personal care tasks. Most of all, they are trained to help people to stay as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
If you need information or other help about Parkinson’s, the Parkinson’s Society brings people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via their network of local groups, website and free confidential helpline.
Specialist nurses, supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s.
Kenneth started to show symptoms of Parkinsons when he was 60. A vibrant, energetic and successful man, he soon had to start to rely on his wife to carry out a lot of everyday tasks. After 4 years of slow deterioration, he got so that on bad days he couldn’t get out of bed alone.
His wife by this time was exhausted and called on Christies Care to send a carer in for two weeks’ respite. This allowed her to get away and stay with her daughter. She would call on carers for a fortnight every 3 months and spend that time away, recharging her batteries. She needed these respite breaks.
As she said: “It is when I get back to Ken after a break that I realise how I love him and want to be with him. Before that, I am angry and frustrated and can’t wait to get away.”
As time went on, she realised that she actually couldn’t care for her husband by herself any more. But she wasn’t going to send him to a residential home – after all, they were still very much married. So they now have a live-in carer from Christies Care full time. The carer does the caring and helps a bit with the house. Most of all, she gives her clients the chance to lead their life as they had prior to the Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.
All of our carers are trained to help clients move with a hoist.
The carers practice putting different types of sling on and off, using different kinds of hoist and are even hoisted themselves, so that they know what it feels like.