Your care options
Maybe you need a little extra support to enable you to live at home independently, or perhaps the time has come to consider moving into somewhere better suited to support your own particular needs.
If you are sourcing care privately we would recommend that you find an agency through the Care Choices Adults Care and Support Services Guide 2018, working in partnership with us and/or NHS Choices, to find suitable care and check it meets national standards. All registered providers of domiciliary, residential and nursing care are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission., which can tell you about providers’ standards of quality and safety.
You can search the care and support directory for support available from your local community.
Care in your own home
If you are having problems bathing, washing or dressing yourself, even with help from equipment, you may need help from a care worker. This is sometimes known as domiciliary care or home care.
You will need to have an assessment so that we can plan your support with you to give you practical help. This could include a care worker to call daily to help you get washed and dressed in the morning and a further call in the evening to help you get ready for bed for example.
Carers visit you at home as required and can help with daily tasks including personal care and preparing food.
Sometimes when people with very high dependency need care, a carer lives in their home. This can be on a permanent basis or short-term following an illness or stay in hospital.
The Shared Lives scheme provides overnight short breaks for older people within a carer's own home rather than a traditional residential home. Shared Lives has a careful matching process - looking carefully at your needs, and matching you to a carer with the right strengths, knowledge and personality.
This ensures that you are comfortable, and are given a choice about who provides your respite care. And it makes sure that your carer feels able to fully support you.
We can provide introductory visits while you become familiar with your carer and their home before you commit to an overnight stay.
A residential home is a place where a number of people live together, looked after by care staff who are available 24 hours a day. Residential homes in Cambridgeshire are independently run by private and not-for-profit organisations.
Residential homes are for people over the age of 18 who live in Cambridgeshire and whose needs can no longer be achieved when living independently in the community. This is usually due to support needs resulting from a combination of physical or learning disabilities, sight or hearing impairment, physical or mental frailty or ill health.
A nursing home is a place where a number of people who need nursing care, because of illness or disability, live together, looked after by trained nursing staff. They are independently run by private and not-for-profit organisations.
Nursing homes are care homes that also provide nursing care for people over the age of 18 who live in the county and whose outcomes can no longer be achieved when living independently in the community. This would usually be due to support needs resulting from a combination of physical or learning disabilities, sight or hearing impairment, physical or mental frailty or ill health.
Nursing care can be provided in your own home, or in a residential home, by District Nurses, but where your nursing needs require more frequent or specialist care than can be provided by them then a nursing home may be the best way of supporting you to achieve your outcomes.
Short term care
If you have been in hospital, you might need extra practical help and support, such as getting in and out of bed, washing and dressing, or preparing a hot meal.
Sometimes going into a care home can be a short term solution for people recovering from a hospital stay or illness, or to give a break from caring responsibilities to a person who cares for them. If you think you might need a residential care home's support then we can arrange for an assessment for you, to identify the outcomes you want, and the support that you will need to achieve these.
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