Although there are many distinct types of learning difficulties, each one can affect a person’s capacity to lead a full and independent life. In the past, the only option for those needing care was residential care. But, today, there is a useful and feasible alternative to institutional care due to the rising popularity of carers in the home.
Below are just some of the learning disabilities that may benefit from in-home care and how these care services are the best nursing home alternatives.
Autism is a varied development disability, which affects around one in 57 children in the UK. However, as this is a spectrum condition, it can affect people in different ways. Including whether they require carers in the home.
When it comes to high-functioning autism, certain people may find it uncomfortable in a nursing or care home, surrounded by other people. Especially if there are aspects such as bright lights or loud noises. For these circumstances, in-home care is a great nursing home alternative. Not only will they feel the most comfortable in their own surroundings, but the carers in the home will get to understand their specific needs and routine to follow.
Acquired brain injuries can affect not only the victim, but their family, friends and larger social network. It is important that care is efficiently carried out to help with recovery and rehabilitation stages. Experiences may vary between each individual, so it is important to find support that works best for them.
At Complete Homecare, our carers in the home understand the issues that may come up when handling someone with severe brain damage. Our in-home carers will tailor plans to the specific patient and help create a daily routine for them. We also provide respite care for family and friends who may need some time away, but do not want to leave the patient unattended. For more information on what respite care is, read our previous blog.
For every 1,000, around 750 babies are born with Down’s syndrome in the UK. Down’s syndrome refers to those that are born with an extra chromosome, however, the level of learning disabilities and care needed can range from mild to severe.
Sometimes, in-home care can be the best solution for those that are struggling with Down’s syndrome. Much like autism, many may not want to live in care facilities, yet cannot live on their own. Carers in the home can help in this regard and support those with tailored and bespoke care plans, specific to their needs.
Though not all learning disabilities are in the same category, epilepsy can be different. Out of 100 adults with learning difficulties, around 22 will also have epilepsy. This means that they may require more attention throughout the day and are more at risk. The more severe the learning difficulty, the more likely they will develop epilepsy over time.
The severity of epilepsy can vary widely from person to person, as does the care required. Some epileptics can live independent lives, however, others may need 24-hour care. With the unpredictable nature of seizures, someone with epilepsy may find it difficult to foresee when they may require assistance. In-home carers can assist with keeping them safe during seizures, providing leisure activities and supporting them to avoid any risks.
Why Choose In-Home Care?
Every person is unique. And this is no exception for adults with learning difficulties. A specialised in-home carer is an ideal option. Carers can become a confidant and a friend to patients, learning every aspect of their lives and finding ways to support them through difficult periods. All while helping them live their life to the fullest.
Many individuals who struggle with learning difficulties hate change and prefer a routine. The constant change of routine or caregivers can be upsetting to individuals with learning difficulties; sometimes disruptive and harmful to their condition. In residential homes or nursing facilities, there will be situations where there is no choice but to switch carers (due to rotas). That’s why in-home carers in the home may be the best solution. As not only will they feel comfortable in their own surroundings, but they will have a dedicated carer that will understand their individual requirements on a personal level.
Though these learning difficulties are the most typical our carers help support, these are just the main examples.
At Complete Homecare 24, we support learning difficulties of all ages. Our carers in the home work closely with patients and their families, to create a routine that will work for them. Our tailored care plans are an ideal nursing home alternative.
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