Live-in Care – Specialist Stroke Home Care
In my early 40s I had a Stroke and a Hemiplegia that left me permanently lame. Even so, I managed for many years to get around on two sticks. With increasing age, there came many disabilities and several falls. I am now almost totally immobile. Here is my Testimonial for ENA Care Groups Live-in Care Service:
I need help, not only with washing and dressing, and the thousand other things that are parts of a normal lifestyle. I could not manage without live-in care.
I have a routine of getting up in the morning – downstairs on my stairlift and a walk (with carer closely following with wheelchair). To the sitting-room for breakfast, work on my laptop, walk to kitchen for lunch, early supper and a bit of television. Sounds boring, but I sill enjoy life a lot and keep in touch with many friends. My hobbies include writing, reading (I have been fitted up with one of those talking books which I listen to while having breakfast) and in so far as possible, visits to the theatre and opera.
Live-in Care makes it possible for me to continue to live in my own home and all else flows from that which is why I chose to have Live-in Care within my own home.
I would recommend Live-in Care because it makes it possible for people with disabilities, and the old and infirm, to continue in their own homes with all their familiar things around them. I was very apprehensive at first with Live-in Care. I could not imagine what it would be like to have a stranger in my home.
But, the carer was so delightful that my misgivings were dispelled within a few days. I found that I could not imagine the house without her.
My advice to welcoming a new care assistant into your home would be to gently guide and prompt. I am (I hope) quite a benevolent sort of chap, if there has been a transfer from a long-standing carer who knew the ropes perfectly, it is necessary to keep in mind that practices – which I and the former carer had long come to regard as a matter of obvious routine – are entirely new to the new carer. My many past years in teaching help me to keep this in mind. I might mention that at one point I prepared a lengthy note, giving every detail of my daily routine and setting out all of the carers functions with the idea of handing this to any potential new carer. I then realised that this contained such volume of material, making the carer’s duties seem a thousand times more onerous than they actually are, that the note was liable to send any potential carer screaming back to Bratislava. My present practice is therefore to hand the note to a new carer a week or two after she has started, when she will have come to realise that the work in this house is fairly easy – but when there may still be things on which she is glad to have reminders.
I have been with ENA since the Summer of 2011 as it was highly recommended.
I was also influenced by the reputation for conscientiousness of European girls – a reputation that I have found more than justified. I remain in warm correspondence with many of my previous carers.
I would recommend ENA to others because they seem to have very good training of their staff and they make a point of taking trouble to match up client and carer. The service and staff from ENA Care Group are uniformly excellent.
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