Following a stroke, most people want to get back home. Christies Care has been enabling this for over 25 years. Having a live-in carer lets our clients stay in their own homes, rather than having to move to a residential care home.
Whether to give a family carer a respite break, or for full time care, a live-in carer enables a stroke survivor to:
- live the life they want to lead;
- get up and go to bed when they want to;
- eat what they want to;
- go out where and when they want to;
- stay in his or her own community.
Live-in carers from Christies Care are all well trained. So they know how to help with personal care, how to assist someone to move safely, how to help them get washed and dressed if needed.
The carers are also there to be a housekeeper and companion and assist with other tasks, such as administering medication, or helping with any exercises the physiotherapist has prescribed.
Live-in care may not be needed for some time following a stroke, as family, or hourly carers are able to provide all of the care needed (until a period of respite is needed, see Anthony’s story.
However, when full time live-in care is needed, carers from Christies Care help their clients to stay as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
Mrs Broad had a bad fall, caused by overbalancing because of the effects of a stroke she had had six years before. Here is her story, in the words of her daughter:
“My mother led an extremely active life and was rarely ill until she had a severe stroke in 2005 at the age of 82. At the time, she was running a guest house, walking, swimming, cycling and maintaining a huge garden.
She has shown incredible courage in facing the mental and physical challenges that the stroke posed and remains an inspiration to others showing optimism and determination under extremely difficult conditions.
Although told that she would never walk again after the stroke, with typical strength of character, she ignored the medical opinion and gradually progressed to walking well with a quad stick.”
“Despite major health complications, she remains cheerful and strong throughout all challenges and continues to live happily at home with the help of family and carers. In 2011, my mother broke her hip and subsequently became unable to walk and totally dependent on her wheelchair. At this stage, we asked Christies Care to step in to provide 24 hour live-in care.
From the first meeting, when they were asked to assess my mother as a matter of urgency, Christies has provided an outstanding service, professional, efficient, friendly and kind. She currently has two carers who know her well and with whom she has been able to build up strong personal relationships.
The two carers alternate, being with her for 6 weeks at a time, providing wonderful companionship as well as professional personal care.”
“With Christies help, my mother has been able to maintain a good quality of life, living in her own home and enjoying the garden she developed over 30 years.
Although I visit every day, I am able to continue with my career and relax in the knowledge that my mother is cared for safely by professional people sensitive to her individual needs.”