EXPERT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) CARE FROM THE LIVE-IN CARE SPECIALISTS
At Oxford Aunts we have been helping many people living with MS to live a meaningful and healthy life. Many people faced with an MS diagnosis are young and could not even consider moving into a residential care home to get the care they need. Our MS home care enables you to stay in your beloved home, with your family around you and live a better quality of life with the support of a dedicated carer, who really understands MS and your needs. With our fully managed live-in care service families have reassurance at a time they need it most. Our MS care at home is trusted by families across Oxfordshire and beyond to really make a difference to someone living with MS.
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, MS, is a neurological condition that is characterised by damaged nerve fibres (myelin). Because the nervous system is so important to the body, the damage caused by MS can cause a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms often result in various disabilities or challenges.
How many people in the UK are living with multiple sclerosis?
There are approximately 100,000 people in the UK living with multiple sclerosis. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. It’s known to affect nearly three times as many women as men.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include:
Problems with vision
Numbness / tingling
Spasms, stiffness and weakness in muscles
Problems with mental health
Problems with the bladder and/or bowel
What are the stages of multiple sclerosis?
There are three main types of MS; Relapsing, Primary Progressive and Secondary Progressive.
Rela – In relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) people have attacks of new and old symptoms. Around 85% of people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed with RRMS.
Primary progressive – It has this name because from the first (primary) symptoms it is prog. Symptoms gradually get worse over time, rather than appearing as sudden relapses. This type of MS is usually diagnosed in people in their forties or fifties.
Secondary progressive – Secondary progressive MS (SPMS) is a stage of MS which comes after relapsing remitting MS for many people. With this type of MS your disability gets steadily worse. You’re no longer likely to have relapses, when your symptoms get worse but then get better.
THE HOME YOU LOVE IS BEST FOR MS CARE
Many families in Oxfordshire, and throughout the country believe the only choice they have when a family member or loved one needs care is that they must leave their much-loved home and move into a care home. This is just not true. The Live-in Care Hub conducted a survey in 2017 and found that 97% of people given the choice, would prefer to carry on living in their own home with the support of a carer. Live-in care is becoming better understood and popular as a real alternative to moving into a residential setting. With live-in care provided by Oxford Aunts you can be assured of a high-quality live-in care service provided by a trusted and established provider – a service that has benefitted many families for many years.
There are countless life-enriching benefits to staying at home with a highly trained and experienced carer who is dedicated to you, instead of facing the upset and worry of moving into a care or nursing home. With an Oxford Aunts carer you will be able to live life your way with a tailored plan of care delivered by a compassionate carer on a one-to-one basis – this just simply cannot be offered in a care home.
Life in a care home can be very restrictive – you will have little choice as to when you get up, when you eat your meals and when you can have visitors and socialise. It is very different with live-in care. We have been helping our clients to continue to live with freedom and choice that means they can lead a better quality of life with all the support they need.
SPECIALIST MS CARE PROVIDED BY TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED CARERS
Our specialist MS home care services are founded on an expert approach to care delivery. All our dedicated carers are experienced in how to care for someone living with MS. Our gentle and compassionate carers recognise the importance of maintaining control and choice in their life. Observant carers are aware of the fluctuating and changing nature of MS and are responsive and proactive to changing needs when caring for someone with multiple sclerosis.
OUR LIVE-IN MS CARE SERVICE
An Oxford Aunts’ experienced and dedicated carer will provide a range of live-in care for MS patients at home including:
As an established live-in care provider in Oxford, we have built strong relationships with local healthcare professionals, including GPs, district nurses, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other charitable organisations and community healthcare services. This means we can provide a multidisciplinary approach to multiple sclerosis care at home that is focused on improving health and well-being whilst avoiding any unnecessary hospital admissions.
We know how important companionship is in later life. Our compassionate and respectful carer will be matched to not only meet your MS care needs, but we look to match personalities and interests. We know this makes for a fulfilling and pleasurable way of life based on friendship and companionship. Whilst respecting your privacy, our carer is trained to support your psychological and emotional needs too.
Our carers are trained in management of medications, which is so important in supporting someone living with MS. They understand the fluctuating nature of the condition and will proactively monitor and administer medications, ensuring they are effectively managed and any prescription required is ready as and when you need it.
Whilst personal care relates to undertaking the day-to-day tasks of caring, including washing, bathing and getting dressed and undressed, it also considers a person’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing better than having freshly painted nails, or your hair styled how you like it – our carers will make sure you feel your best every day.
Oxford Aunts carers have a strong understanding of falls prevention and how conditions can impact on mobility. In conjunction with our experienced Care Assessors, and liaison with multidisciplinary teams, such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, we can provide you with advice on the equipment required for you to remain safe and as independent as possible at home.
Your live-in carer will carefully plan all your meals and will shop for the groceries as needed. They will then cook healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food, taking into account your likes and dislikes. Many of our clients and carers enjoy cooking together as a shared pastime. Unlike a care home, you will be able to eat as and when you like.
At Oxford Aunts we know how important it is that you keep connected to your local community – whether it is a local community group you have attended for years, a stroll around a much-loved shop or sitting peacefully in a local park – our committed carers will facilitate your enjoyment outside of the home and support you to do as much as you wish.
With isolation a concern as we get older, our proactive carers will facilitate you having visitors as and when you wish. Whether it is a catch up with friends, or a family occasion or celebration our carer will meet all your socialisation needs so you can enjoy life at home.
Our carer will make sure your home is clean, tidy and well-kept to the standards you should expect. Everything from dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, washing and ironing to light garden work – our carer will ensure your home is looking its very best every day.
We know how important a much-loved pet is and how difficult caring for it may be when faced with other health concerns that are impacting day-to-day life. With an Oxford Aunts carer you can be assured that your pet will be well cared for, whilst you continue to get the benefits and enjoyment from your beloved pet, as you always have.
WHEN CAN LIVE-IN MS CARE BE USED?
The flexible MS care service provided by Oxford Aunts can be used in many different situations to support your care needs including:
When a person needs a 24-hour live-in care because the fluctuating nature of the condition means they need around the clock care and support to remain safe at home and continue to have a good quality of life.
A respite service can be provided on a live-in basis to support a family carer having a much-needed break to rest and recharge. Our respite MS care service can give you the break you need, whilst you see whether 24-hour live-in care would work for you and your family.
If you need end-of-life palliative care this can also be provided as a live-in care service in the comfort of your home, negating the need to move into a residential setting or a hospice. Our carers make sure a person’s health needs are met whilst ensuring they have all their wishes, choices and preferences met.
Care for couples, so you can stay together as a loving couple with the personalised support they need and ensure you both have a good quality of life.
WHY CHOOSE OXFORD AUNTS FOR SPECIALIST MS CARE?
At the heart of our MS care is enabling people to live well in their own home with the care and support they need from a carefully well-matched, trained and dedicated carer. With an Oxford Aunts carer you can be reassured that you are receiving high-quality MS care and family members get all the support they need during what we know can be a difficult time.
Expert carer matching
Over the past 50 years we have established a reputation for matching carers with our clients to ensure they meet all their needs – this is not just about matching skills, but making sure backgrounds and personalities are aligned so both client and carer can enjoy life together. On the odd occasion we do not get the match right we respond efficiently to find another carer whilst minimising any disruption to the service. Depending on the level of MS care required, it will determine not just the cost of your care, but the experience we expect your carer to have to ensure the high standards of care we are renowned for throughout Oxfordshire and beyond.
Continuity of care makes all the difference
Our carers will come and live with you to provide care and support for a longer period than might be offered by other live-in care providers. We know that this gives an opportunity for a strong relationship to be formed and a deeper understanding of our clients’ MS care needs offering consistency and continuity of care.
Expertly trained carers
Our market leading carer training programme completed has been created with leading experts and goes well beyond the mandatory requirements. This equips our carers to support those living with MS, which requires more monitoring, care and support. Our carers never stop learning new skills that ensure they continue to deliver the highest standards of MS care.
A fully managed and regulated MS care service
Our fully managed and regulated MS care service means our carers are employed and managed by us whilst they are caring for you. They are supported by a care management team made up of care experts who ensure they are supervised and supported to provide the high standards of care. If you use an introduction agency you will be left to manage the carer, pay the carer and organise holiday cover once you are introduced to them and they start to care for you.
For the many families that Oxford Aunts supports, we know this provides lots of reassurance whilst removing the burden of having to carefully manage the care arrangement for their family member or loved one.
Rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
We are proud to have been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.
Unrivalled support near you
We operate throughout Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties. Each regional team is made up of a dedicated Care Assessor local to you who is on hand to provide unrivalled levels of support to you, your family and our carer. They are supported by a Care Manager at our central office who handles all other aspects of care delivery to ensure a quality service is delivered, every time.
OUR HIGH-QUALITY MS CARE SERVICE INCLUDES:
A comprehensive assessment of your needs – our assessment will address not just your care needs but how you wish to live your life
Careful matching of an experienced and dedicated carer who will meet all your needs
A highly tailored care plan created using a multidisciplinary approach in consultation with other healthcare professionals and community organisations involved in your care, as well as where appropriate your family members or loved ones
Unrivalled support from a team of two care managements experts local to you
Domestic and household tasks
Cooking, meal planning, shopping and preparation
24-hours a day out-of-hours emergency support should you need it
GET IN TOUCH WITH US ABOUT YOUR MS CARE NEEDS
Our expert care advisors are here to help you understand the options available to you.