Live-in care helps support people with physical disabilities to live safely and independently in their own homes. Obviously, those with physical disabilities often experience major issues with everyday life activities including their mobility, their ability to self-help, and general independence. Live-in care enables individuals to take part in regular social or therapeutic activities and events that they might otherwise be unable to access.
Studies have shown that people with physical disabilities can live successfully and be cared for in their own communities with the correct level of professional support and care. This is where professional live-in care services are often critical. Live-in carers provide twenty-four hour support to people with physical disabilities in their own homes. Live in carers can provide a range of short or long-term support for people with a variety of needs including Motor Neurone disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease and Huntingdon’s Chorea, Down’s Syndrome and Autism.
We understand that often health care for people with physical disabilities has been characterised by a lack of communication and poor understanding of both their ordinary and specialised needs. In addition there have been many barriers to access of health services that most members of the population take for granted. Live-in carers’ knowledge and skill base means that more effective interventions are now available at home to help people with physical disabilities and their families cope.
By having a dedicated live-in carer, day-to-day access to health promotion, primary health care services, community health services and specialist health services are significantly improved.
This is where a live-in carer can help and recognise early symptoms of illness, maintain the importance of health screening and communicate the individual’s needs to a health professional.
Live-in carers will ensure that people with learning disabilities have opportunities to learn about their health and that such information is provided in ways that take communication difficulties into account. Secondly, people with severe learning and communication difficulties may not be able to express discomfort or pain in usual ways. Live-in carers are aware of this and will be sensitive to changes in behaviour or well-being that indicate pain, illness or unhappiness