1.1 individuals who are supported to stay in their own home can be benefited in a number of ways, with the support of family, friends and other agencies. This way they stay in their own familiar surroundings and remain part of the community (neighbours can pop in). Service users are able to take control of what their needs are, likes and dislikes that a carer can adapt to and keep everything as much as we can to how they like it done. The service user still have rights and choices. By supporting individuals to live at home, means that can live to their maximum independency and more able to lead a full life no matter what the level of their dependency.
1.2 There are varied amount of support and agencies for an individual to remain in their own home. These are as follows
The Health Care Team
* Social Worker – deals with the overall social care issues, care funding and monitoring their overall well-being.
* Occupational Therapist – deals with mobility equipment and adaptations/living aids.
* Physiotherapist – deals with rehabilitation following knee/hip replacement and after falls.
* District Nurses – deals with general medical concerns. Dry/weeping areas and wound care.
* Nurse Specialist – incontinence specialist.
* Mental Health Team – deals with clients suffering from various mental health problems i.e. dementia and Alzheimer’s.
* G.P. – deals with all medical concerns for the client.
* Care Agency – provides support to assist with daily needs and requirements.
Financial Support and Information
* Citizens Advice Bureau – information i.e. financial/legal matters.
* Age Concern – information i.e. financial advice/social events
* Help the Aged – financial advice
* Ex service Organisations – British Legion
* Department of Works & Pensions – pension advice
* Department of Social Security – benefits advice
* Local Council – housing benefit...