There are more than 11 million people in the UK living with disabilities, which can include loss of limbs, stroke, paralysis, learning difficulties such as Down’s Syndrome and neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.
Any disability can present challenges. Moving, washing, cooking and using the toilet can all be a struggle without assistance. However, with the right support, life with a disability can still be satisfying and full of joy.
Home care can be flexible and can be adapted to any changing needs, which is particularly important if someone is affected by a degenerative disease or finds themselves temporarily disabled.
A frightening 1 in 4 disabled people say that they have little choice and control over their day-to-day lives.
The Care Act has emphasised the importance of personal empowerment, because having control doesn’t just help with getting the right care, it also boosts wellbeing and self-esteem.
- Disability care is simply practical help with anything from everyday tasks.
- Bathing and showering, including bed-baths and applying lotions and creams as required.
- Dressing and getting ready for bed.
- Oral hygiene, Support with shaving and applying make-up, and hair care.
- Foot care, especially if you are diabetic you need to be extra vigilant with your feet.
- Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bed pan.
- Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas.
- Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sores.
- Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or other form of clinical intervention.