Elderly home care Watford

Elderly home care is, as expressed by many people to be the preferred option to moving into residential care. Visiting home care and live-in care services aim to support independent living within a familiar community until it is impossible to do so avoiding all the trauma associated with an upheaval to unfamiliar surroundings. Care can be delivered as required or continuously by way of live-in care.

Live-in elderly home care

Twenty-four hour home care offers support and security while reassuring family members that a carer is always on hand to provide help as and when required. Live-in home care means: Home care worker providing comfort to an elderly lady

  • pets can continue being part of your life
  • friends and family can visit
  • you can continue attending all social engagements/activities
  • keep up with hobbies without disruption
  • maintain independence
  • benefit from keeping your own routine
  • continue to enjoy all the space, familiarity, memories and comforts of your own home
  • stability

Live-in care is when a care worker lives in your home and offers support day and night. This one-to-one care gives a person respectful companionship and reassuring assistance with everyday tasks. Live-in care also supports those with more advanced needs.

Live-in care services are tailored to the needs of each individual

  • Personal care services – each live-in care plan is tailored to the needs of the individual including personal care such as washing and dressing
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s – routine for suffers of mental illness can be of the utmost importance. Being able to receive care in familiar surroundings with established routines can provide crucial stability and often has a significant impact on quality of life
  • Flexibility – a care plan can be changed as frequently as needed
  • Empowers elderly adults with a choice about how they want to be cared for

Home care in Watford?

Novus Care have a dedicated live-in care team ready to discuss your care support requirements to provide you with a service that is tailored to your needs. From general housekeeping, meal preparation and companionship through to personal care and support for more complex needs,

We strive to uphold all the values expected from a professional home care provider and continually provide the highest level of support for service users and their families by ensuring they understand and are happy with the care plan being determined. We are also members of the UK Homecare Association and members of Hertfordshire Care Providers Association.

Choosing to have care delivered in your own home can be a daunting task and that’s why we are here to guide you through the process, every step of the way. 

Call us on 01923 252 401

We tailor each of our home care packages to the needs of the individual and are able to provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Care worker jobs with Novus Care Watford

Home care workers are characterised by their passion, enthusiasm and respect towards elderly adults and individuals who require extra support to enable them to continue living independently in their own homes. Becoming a home care worker is regarded by those in the profession as a highly rewarding job that offers a great sense of achievement. It is about providing service users the ability to stay in their own homes and be as independent as is possible. It is also about promoting choice and person centred care.

If you feel that you have the commitment and patience to care for elderly people in their own homes, then this may be the job for you. Care worker jobs with Novus Care are currently available at our Watford office. Joining our team of care workers will develop your skills to become a highly regarded provider of home care services. Novus Care recognise that our people are the most important part of our business because they are there to deliver the very best care to our clients. Home care worker jobs and personal care for the elderly

Care worker job skills

  • the ability to remain calm under challenging circumstances
  • the ability to communicate with sensitivity and respect
  • the ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds – cultural, ethnic, socio-economic
  • ability to manage services and timelines – client care plans

Care worker jobs are open to those individuals who are also self motivated, reliable, continually strive to achieve good time management and have a genuine passion for care.

Care worker jobs require that you have your own transport, a DBS check and employment references.

If you are interested in a care worker job in the Watford area or want to find out more please do not hesitate to give our Novus Care Watford office a call on 01923 252 401 or email watford@novus-care.com

Novus Care have been supporting people in the Watford area for over 10 years.

 

 

This entry was posted on April 21, 2017.

Importance of safety and home care for the elderly

Home care for the elderly means that independence can be maintained but with some help so that health and safety are not compromised. One in three older adults are reported to be living at home as opposed to taking up residency in a care home.  With this high number and the possible behavioural and short-term memory changes that may be bought on by cognitive decline of an ageing brain. This can then mean there is a greater need to assist with safety as an important step in home care for the elderly.

A behavioural change can lead to a decline on personal care including their home environment. The urge to accumulate things and resist de-cluttering or throwing away their rubbish is not an uncommon behaviour. This can lead to their safety at home becoming a real risk. Family can be of huge assistance but being patient and speaking with compassion are critical when trying to help them regain a safe home. Here are a key safety tip to safety at home to prevent falls, poisoning or structural damage through fire or flooding.

Home safety tips for the elderly

  • Keep passages, stairs and floor space in kitchens free of clutter or objects the could result in a fall – free of books, post, loose rugs, mugs etc.
  • Check the smoke alarm regularly and change the battery at least once a year. Smoke alarm systems should also be replaced every ten years.
  • Avoid the use of candles. If they are used they should be put out properly before leaving the room (a house in the village caught fire in March this year – a lady took her dog for a walk and thought she had put out the candle in her bedroom properly – devastating!) – if their is a power-cut it is better to have torches handy with charged batteries rather than striking a match to light a candle.
  • Mop-up spillages on floor surfaces – and that goes for food too! We all know that a banana dropped on the floor can have serious consequences. Safety at home for the elderly living at home
  • Wear proper fitting shoes – flat to low heel shoes will help to maintain balance and avoid trips or falls.
  • Ensure there are sufficient well maintained banisters and well-lit stairways and passages.
  • Install grab rails and grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Mark “ON” and “OFF” positions on all appliances in the kitchen.
  • Invest in a kettle with an automatic shut-off switch.
  • Use a medication aid or tablet alert to take the correct dosages as prescribed.
  • Keep a list of all emergency numbers in a visible place for easy access if needed.

Home care for the elderly should include a supportive environment that encourages mental activity and social interaction. This along with physical activity are known to help prevent cognitive decline. Safety and home care for the elderly should be balanced and will be based on each individuals unique situation. Planning ahead and speaking to a home care provider is key to helping older adults live longer in their own homes.

If your loved-one lives in Watford, Canvey-island, Knaphill or Cranleigh geographical locations, give Novus Care a call today to speak to a member of our home care team.

 

This entry was posted on April 14, 2017.

Dementia care and communication for better outcomes

Dementia care is needed more today than ever before with more older adults being diagnosed. With this there is also a growing need for professional home care workers trained to support those with cognitive impairment.

Novus Care provides home care services within locations in Hertfordshire, Surrey and Essex. All our care workers are trained in dementia care and how to deal with the different behaviours displayed. They are also trained to keep a dementia patient safe and mentally stimulated.

Dementia care can be very challenging particularly when it comes to managing behavioural changes – anxiety, agitation, aggression, hallucinations, wandering-off – which are no fault of the person so they need managing very carefully. Dementia is not just about the affect it has on memory and behaviour, but also the diminishing ability to manage their own personal care, and keep their homes in a clean and orderly state they were once accustomed to.

One of the important aspects of dementia care is communication. This needs to be done with a lot of understanding of the disease to show due respect and compassion. Dementia care for when the memory goes and behaviour changes

Communication skills of dementia care

  • speak only in a caring and respectful manner
  • before you discuss anything, you need to make sure you have their full attention with no distractions – turn-off the radio or TV, close the curtains on outside activities – and where you can’t be interrupted
  • Speak slowly and clearly with a reassuring tone. Avoid the temptation to raise your voice. Patience is key!
  • Ask one question at a time and avoid open-ended questions – use simple questions with a one word- ‘yes’ or ‘no’ reply as they work best
  • If the they didn’t hear what you said, repeat your sentence exactly as you did before. They will related to visual gestures so include them in your communication with them
  • Encourage through motivational communication to get them to do things for themselves as much as possible – reminding them each step of the way of what they need to do and how.

Some of the greatest challenges of dementia care are dealing with personality and behaviour changes that can become progressively worse as parts of the brain fall further into decline. Being creative, flexible, patient and compassionate helps – but most importantly it’s about not taking events personally and maintain your sense of humour. 

If you are struggling with dementia or finding it difficult to cope with a loved one at home with dementia, you are not alone. Whether you need help with daily practicalities, companionship or respite support, we are here to help you. Call Novus Care today on 01923 252401

This entry was posted on April 5, 2017.

Tips to prevent cognitive decline and avoid dementia

Dementia describes symptoms of cognitive decline that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or speech. The onset often displays as small changes initially, but for the person with dementia the changes can be severe affecting daily life.

Dementia, as described by the Alzheimer’s Society is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.

Evidence strongly suggests that a healthy lifestyle, especially in mid-life, can help reduce the risk of dementia.  Keeping our brains healthy is wise as there is no cure or treatment for dementia. Healthy living lowers the risk of developing dementia by more than a third – as many studies have found.

In this article we share lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay further decline in brain activity. Stimulating the brain has the power to slow progress particularly in the early stages of dementia. As we get older, many prefer to settle into a calmer lifestyle with fewer challenges. However, this is not what our brains want! Those that keep working past retirement years in jobs that challenge the brain to think are less likely to suffer dementia. Challenging ourselves to do entirely new activities such as learning a new hobby, language or creative skill go along way to keeping our brains healthy.

  • Regular physical exercise increases your heart rate which in turn increases blood flow to the brain. Physical exercise whether aerobic, resistance or balance activities are all effective in warding off cognitive decline in healthy older people and reduce the risk of dementia.
  • Healthy eating by following a balanced diet including fruit, vegetables, grains and healthy fats will help avoid obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking and excessive alcohol consumption – it never too late to quit smoking to reduce the chances of cognitive decline
  • Get sufficient sleep – too little sleep will affect our physical health. Sleep is in involved in the repair of the heart and blood vessels so ongoing sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Stay socially involved with friends and family doing activities together that you enjoy
  • Challenge yourself – avoid falling into a comfort zone – play board games, do puzzles, attend quiz evenings, do mental maths rather than use a calculator. A good use of cognitive functioning through life is linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline later in life.
  • Protect your brain – avoid head injuries by wearing a seat belt when you travel, wear a helmet or protective head gear when participating in motorised sports, cycling, skiing or contact sport  – in fact any activity that suggests the use of protective head gear.

How to slow progress of dementia

Encourage a person in your care with early onset of dementia to engage in activities such as reading, writing, playing a musical instrument, board games and crossword puzzles. Activities where they interact with others are particularly effective. Even participating in daily chores around the house can be a form of mental workout. The important thing is to find an activity that they enjoy and are motivated to participate in regularly.

Simplifying their living environment to avoid stress and anxiety can also help – such as setting up online banking to pay bills, sticking to daily routines and familiar surroundings and do everything in moderation.

Infographic on how we can prevent cognitive decline and onset of dementia

Dementia care when you can no longer cope

The reality though is that there are a growing number of people suffering with Dementia and the numbers are forecast to grow as our population of over 65 year olds increases. When someone with Dementia is faced with the difficult reality that their capabilities of coping with daily activities are steadily declining they often require support and reassurance.

At Novus Care our home care workers receive specialist dementia care training and they are committed to working with service users and their loved ones to ensure that their dementia care needs are being met whilst retaining their sense of identity and protecting their dignity and independence.

Dementia affects people in many different ways and our home care workers are trained to deal with the person and what the person can do as opposed to what they cannot do.

If you are struggling with dementia or finding it difficult to cope with a loved one at home with dementia, you are not alone. Whether you need help with daily practicalities, companionship or respite support, Novus Care are here to help.

This entry was posted on March 27, 2017.

Choosing an elderly care provider Watford

Elderly care provider in Watford offers a range of services to meet the many needs of those wanting to continue living independently at home. Home care or domiciliary care is a term used to describe support in the home provided by care workers who assist with daily activities. Support can be requested for 24-hour/daily or for just a few hours a week. Many elderly people choose to use home care as an alternative to moving into a residential care home.

Care following post-surgery, a fall or just struggling to cope with day-to-day activities in the home may all result in the need for different care plans. To know how much care is needed, it is best to make a list and use that to determine your steps to finding the best match elderly care provider  in Watford.

List the elderly care support needed

  • what do they want help with?
  • how often do they want a care worker to visit?
  • what time do they want a visit/s?
  • what activities do they want help with?
  • what is their care budget?
  • how many hours per week can they afford a home care worker?

Home elderly care providers in Watford can be found listed in the Home Care Agencies (Search for Home Care Agencies Watford) directory where you will find contact details and a link to provider websites as well as a rating as given be the Care Quality Commission (CQC UK). Use this site to make a list of the home care providers who meet the needs as you have listed.

Click here to see elderly care providers in Watford >>Novus Care listed in the Home Care Agency directory

Next step short-listing elderly care providers

Here is are further suggestions of what to look for when narrowing down your research for elderly care providers in your specific area:

  • Novus Care listed in UKHCAare they regulated by the CQC?
  • are they members of the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)? – All member organisations agree to comply with their Code of Practice – the rights of service users comes first; the highest standards of care are provided; and the rights and welfare of care workers are protected.
  • do they offer the personal care services needed?
  • what other activities are they registered to do?

Once you have short-listed elderly care providers in Watford, contact them and ask to meet with them at your home for an informal chat about what you are looking for. This visit is totally free and comes with no obligations. During this session they will discuss what your needs and wants are and the frequency of your visits.

Once the decision has been made to join an elderly care provider in Watford, a field supervisor will come out and do a complete Care Needs Assessment that will involve confirming your details on your Personal Care Plan (the visits that have been requested and their frequency) and carrying out a Health and Safety assessment to ensure that care workers are able to work safely in your home.

This entry was posted on March 20, 2017.

How to care for an elderly parent from a distance

Work, family and the urge for adventure can mean that circumstances may take you to a destination miles away from the home of your parent or parents. As they get older and less able to cope with every day activities, this can create a lot of stress not being available to help or check-up on them regularly. Around 40% of elderly adults have children or family members who live too far away to offer regular help or companionship leaving many feeling lonely and depressed. But, there are steps you can take to better manage the situation so that you feel less stressed and your elderly parent feels secure while continuing to live independently in their own homes.

Ways to be a long-distance caregiver

  • Call on the help of neighbours or friends who live close by to you elderly parent and ask them to be your ‘eyes and ears’. Perhaps they can call in from time-to-time’ to make sure they are coping with day-to-day activities and are able to get to medical or dental appointments.
  • Make a list of emergency numbers, contacts of friends or family living close by and
  • If they are on any medication, keep a record should you need to contact medical emergency services. Smart phone needed to take care from a distance
  • Equip your elderly parent with modern technology so that you can communicate using either smart phone or laptop. SKYPE with it’s video chatting is free.
  • Stay in touch. Regular contact can help determine whether an ageing parent is struggling to cope or suffering loneliness and depression.
  • A lot can be done online to help such as paying bills, keeping family and friends updated, researching medical conditions to support the advice given by doctors or nurses, grocery shopping or booking appointments.

Long-distance caregivers can play a part in arranging for professional home care support when the time comes. Caregiving is not easy for the caregiver and not for the care recipient. There are sacrifices and adjustments for everyone. When you don’t live where the care is needed, it may be difficult to feel that what you are doing is enough.

 

This entry was posted on March 17, 2017.

Steps to help identify the need for care at home

Professional home care providers can help meet the need for care. They do this by offering services such as companionship, attending to medical needs, administration of medication, helping with important chores around the home, personal care or accompanying an older adult to an appointment. When a family caregiver can’t fulfil their role fully for reasons such as travel distance, business or family commitments alternative measures are sort to ensure there is adequate care at home for their loved one.

Learning how to recognise when an elderly parent needs care at home will help to know when to approach them to discuss options available to them. The need can suddenly happen requiring immediate action such as post-surgery care. Or, it can be more gradual events leading to the need for care at home. These signs should be identified before a decision is made.

Typical signs that care at home support is needed

  • Sudden lose of weight or fluctuating weight changes
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts or burns
  • Noticeably poor hygiene
  • Unkept living environment
  • Garden overgrown/neglected
  • Accumulation of clutter
  • Nasty odours – urine or garbage not being disposed of in outside bins
  • Low food stores
  • Unpaid utility bills
  • Mood changes
  • Depression, cognitive impairment
  • Unmotivated to socialise and to be active

Agreeing to home care services

Many ageing adults express a desire to continue living independently in their own homes for as low as possible. A home care provider can help to ensure that their wish is met. But, the idea of a stranger coming into their home at regular intervals can be quite daunting. Having an action plan in place to reassure them that only care workers from a professional, Care Quality Commission accredited company will take on the services needed.

When having the conversation with an elderly adult about the need for home care support, it is important to approach the subject with respect and empathy.  Research local home care providers so that you are aware of the services offered and read reviews or testimonials from previous service users. Here are suggested ways in which you should approach your discussion with an elderly loved one for the best outcomes and a quick resolution to finding the care they need:

  1. Ageing adults may start to feel that their independence is hanging in the balance. A feeling that they are starting to lose control can be very unsettling and may bring on mood changes and resentment. They may also resist any discussions about needing support. So, be sympathetic to their situation approaching all conversations with empathy. Talking to elderly father about their home care needs
  2. Choose the time to have the conversation with great care and consideration for privacy and limited distractions.
  3. Keep calm throughout the discussion. Raised voices or a threatening tone can heighten stubborn, resentful behaviour. Speak to them with a genuine desire to help them be able to live as independent a life as possible in the comfort of their own home. Being patronising will only reduce your chance on resolving the issue of care.
  4. Be open minded and listen with all ears! Try not to cut them off mid-sentence or talk at them. Summarising what they have said will confirm you have fully understood their needs, hopes, desires and concerns. Get clarification if you are unsure of anything they expressed – don’t guess.

For an elderly adult, acknowledging that they need help because they can no longer cope with certain daily activities will be difficult. Following your conversations with them it is important to give them time to think and process how their situation is changing. Once they themselves admit to needing assistance it will be easier convincing them to meet with a home care services provider who will work with them to design a care plan appropriate to catering to their exact needs.

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This entry was posted on March 14, 2017.

Watford home care provider serves tea for Dementia UK

Novus Care hosted their fifth successful Time for a Cuppa event this month. We had another great turn out with service users and their families enjoying tea, cake and a raffle prize draw!

The money raised from the raffle was donated to Dementia UK. With the exponential growth in the UK population of over 65 year olds and rising incidence of Dementia cases costing the UK £26 billion a year, we recognise the importance of raising money for this worthy cause. As home care providers we also acknowledge the need to support dementia sufferers and their families.

Our Watford team led by manager, Rebecca worked hard to organise the catering, transport and any other special arrangements to ensure that all service users and family members who wished to attend were able to do so.

Novus Care’s ‘Time for a Cuppa‘ annual event is a great opportunity to meet people and enjoy a time of fun and laughter. If you wish to join us at our next event, let us know and we’ll ensure you are kept informed of the dates.

Well done to our Novus Care Watford team!

Time for a cuppa event with Novus Care

 

This entry was posted on March 13, 2017.

Important tips to caring for your health as an older adult

Older adults should care for their health and well-being as much as in younger people. Fresh air and a healthy dose of vitamin D are important for every one whether young or of a mature age. Being healthy has a significant impact on coping with day-to-day challenges and fighting-off illnesses.Elderly couple walking outdoors enjoying the smell of sea and fresh air

Looking after your health is important at any age. Lots of us change as we grow older and it is how we deal with those life events that helps us stay healthy.

  • children grow up and leave home
  • reach retirement age
  • lose of a spouse, family member or friend
  • physical changes – vision, hearing, skin tone, hair lose
  • the dependence on a home carer

Entering your retirement years should not define you as being dependent

  • stay physically and socially active
  • learn to adapt to the changes you are going through
  • find new hobbies and interests

Dealing with fears, copping with the lose of a spouse and how take care of yourself late in life can all become quite overwhelming. There is no magic formular on how to manage all the events of our older years, but research has proven time and again that frequent social interaction and being active are of huge importance. Here we touch on the recipe for a healthy lifestyle in your older years.

How to stay healthy in old age

  • prevent illness by eating a healthy diet rich in minerals and vitamins,
  • regular exercise,
  • deal with fears and anxiety in a positive way – take action, discuss your fears and ask for help to put corrective steps in place,
  • keep your mind active – crosswords, reading, board games, conversation, charity work,

Another key ingredient to healthy ageing is to have a purpose in life, a reason to wake up in the morning. As you age you will lose many things that kept you going.

  • rekindled past friendships
  • find a new hobby that interests you
  • volunteer at a local event or charity shop
  • visit museums, places of interest or Heritage sites
  • join a club or exercise class

You are never too old to get active and boost your health. Even if you lived an unhealthy lifestyle in the past it is not too late to start a new chapter and care for your body to add life to your years. It will help sharpen your memory, boost your immune system, improve sleep, increase energy levels and just generally make you feel better. When you feel good it is amazing how much it does to our confidence and ability to deal with challenging situations. Walking is a wonderful way to get active and it can incorporate social interaction. All you need is a comfortable, supportive pair of shoes – no other equipment needed!

Laughter – the greatest gift

Find reason to smile and laugh – the best medicine which helps us to get through tough times.

Stay connected with family and friends

As we get older and children leave home to start a life of their own, staying connected becomes more of a challenge and with that our supportive network changes. Staying connected with friends and family has the greatest impact on your health – alongside exercise. Maintaining social interactions and a support network will help you to cope during times of loss, illness or anxiety. Striving to stay in contact with friends is the perfect excuse to get out and about. Is there someone on your street of a similar age you could build a friendship with? If illness or disability creates a growing challenge to socialise, is this perhaps a time to consider a home carer? Companionship is a service offered – they could engage with you to provide much needed social interaction.

How good are your computer skills? Getting connected on social media could offer you the chance to stay connected.

Tips to eating well to stay healthy

As you age your metabolism will start to slow down and your taste buds will change too, which can affect your appetite. Healthy eating is even more important to maintain your energy levels:

  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods – fuel to keep going
  • drink water or herbal teas to avoid dehydration – even if you don’t feel thirsty you should make a point of drinking fluids regularly throughout the day.
  • Meals are always more enjoyable when eaten with someone else – if you live alone you could invite friends over occasionally or set-up a care plan for a home care worker to provide companionship over a mealtime.

Keep your brain active

Keeping your brain active is as important as your body. Creativity can prevent cognitive and memory decline. Being active and socialising are so beneficial to cognitive functioning – so the more you do the better:

  • puzzles, board games, follow new and challenging recipes when baking or preparing a meal, crosswords and reading.
  • Learn a new skill – computer, art, sewing. Taking up a classroom learning skill will also boost social interactions.

This is a broad overview of the challenge to follow a healthy-life style to improve your quality of life as you embrace your older years. We hope you have found it motivating.

Companionship is a key ingredient to coping with our more mature years. If you are struggling to get out to meet people and socialise, Novus Care companionship services help to provide much needed peace of mind for family members who may not be able to be with you as much as they would like due to work and other commitments. We also provide assistance with day trips or help you to engage in social activities such as attending local clubs or meeting with friends, all with the comfort of knowing that your home care worker is on hand should you need any assistance.

This entry was posted on February 27, 2017 and tagged .