Personalise your care | Care changes over next 5 years

06 March 2019

NHS England expects personalised care to be ‘business as usual’ by 2023/24 and they have published exactly how they plan for this to happen.

Personalised care gives people the choice and control over how their care is planned and delivered, based on what matters to them and their individual needs.

The fact that NHS England have made personalised care a fundamental part of their long-term strategy goes to show that the way we do things here at Promedica24 is a step ahead of what people are currently accustomed to when it comes to care.

Personalised care is at the very foundation of the live-in care service we provide. It’s one-to-one, it’s based on unique circumstances and individuals, and it makes sure that lives can be lived out as our customers desire.

‘I want a life not a service’

The sad fact is, as things stand, people just aren’t aware of how varied their options are. There was a time when live-in care was seen as a service only for the wealthy or those with specialist needs, but thanks to our innovative approach, this isn’t the case anymore. Live-in care is a viable choice for everyone.

This is good news considering life expectancy rates are increasing all the time. Maintaining one’s independence is now more important than ever. And with NHS England’s plan to provide more personal assistants across Lancashire, and our everlasting commitment to providing carers that assist in every area of life, it’s clear the way the future is heading.

Quality of care is evolving all the time and one of our major goals for the next 5 years is to educate everyone so that they know they have a choice.

What matters to you?

Live-in care is a bespoke service that considers how you want to live your life, not just what you need.

If you want to continue going on countryside walks, meeting friends, or eating out, that’s fine, you can do that. It can be made part of your care plan.

If you haven’t come across the term ‘care plan’ before, you’re not alone. Currently, only 7% of people are familiar with a care plan and only 40% felt that they were involved in decisions around their care. Numbers which we are working tirelessly to increase.

Not only that, of those visiting A&E, 41% did not need acute care. And 1 in 5 GP appointments didn’t warrant a clinical appointment. Personalised care will help prevent these unnecessary visits – your carer will be so familiar with your needs that problems will be prevented before they arise, and minor problems will be treated quickly. The same way our live-in carers protect and support our customers now.

These figures highlight the holes in the current system that are unfortunately perceived as the norm. It’s heart-warming to see that NHS England plans such positive changes within the next 5 years and we look forward to continuing to develop our own care services in line with our ongoing objective: to help people continue to live their lives their own way.

This is about humans

We are creatures of companionship and creatures of love. That’s why we cherish keeping pets and being around one another. It’s why loneliness is such a problem – it leads to genuine suffering, we’ve seen it first-hand.

Keeping this vital contact with other people and our pets as we go through later-life is an essential element of staying healthy. Pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase social interaction, which helps prevent serious conditions.

Seeing the way animals, and dogs in particular, live for the present moment can bring a new lease of life to the elderly, at a time when they may not always want to consider what the future holds.

It’s funny that it’s often animals that can give us the greatest lessons in life. If you want to see how to love your family unconditionally and how to really live in the present, watch a dog greet its owner after a long day’s work. Gratitude, kindness, and perspective are traits that we all need to maintain to live a happy life, even more so as we get older, and animals can offer us great inspiration.

Personalisation of care and live-in care help people to maintain their lives as they are. We want to bring joy to your later years and by being around to look after you and your pet, we can make sure the light of your life continues to shine.

For more information about live-in care, have a look at our recent article – What is Live-in Care?

And to find out more about NHS England and their plans, you can have a look at their website.

Gary Derbyshire

To speak to one of our friendly advisors about how we can help you or your loved one, please just give us a call on 01254 375023. Alternatively, you can take an online care assessment.

 

 

 

Gary Derbyshire & Gill Clements

Promedica24 Ribble Valley, Lancashire and North Yorkshire

Care At Home - Yorkshire and Lancashire

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