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Continuity of Care – The Vital Importance in Live-in Care


Smiling elderly gentleman in the garden with his home carer

Continuity of care is a core feature of healthcare; it creates multiple benefits for clients, carers, doctors, nurses, and the community. Continuity increases trust, assurance, satisfaction, adherence to advice and peace of mind.


Over time the phrase ‘Continuity of Care’ has changed. Traditionally referring to the relationship that a person would have with a specific healthcare professional over a period of time, the term is now more commonly associated with the concept of the collaboration of a number of services aligning together to deliver a seamless service.


In today's complex and dynamic healthcare landscape, the concept of continuity of care has become a crucial pillar of effective and client-cantered healthcare. We rely on continuity of care for ensuring seamless transitions between different healthcare providers and facilities. I know that I always feel at ease when my doctor seamlessly refers my ailments to the correct professional and steers me in the right direction, this continuity offers me the peace of mind to put my mind at ease.


Peace of mind is the foundations within our Live-in Care world. We understand that continuity of a home carer plays a pivotal role in improving client quality of life, enhancing client wellbeing, and providing peace of mind for the whole family by arranging the finest, qualified Live-in Carers for people in their own home.


In this blog, we will delve into the significant reasons why continuity of care is vital in the realms of Live-in Care.



Can Live-in Care provide continuity in care?


It is rare that any service may be delivered by a single organisation. Healthcare providers must work efficiently and pro-actively in conjunction with one another to achieve today’s definition of quality and continuity of care. As we age, we may require extra healthcare support; from Mr Brown’s regular blood pressure checks with his doctor, his weekly physiotherapist appointment to ease his hip pain or collecting his regular prescriptions from the lovely ladies at the pharmacy. It can be a lot to remember!


Continuity within Live-in Care fosters sensitivity and a mutual understanding, which enables home carers to provide bespoke, quality care. Having the same carer living-in for a longer period ensures that the carer can really know what their client likes and dislikes, understand their routine and offers consistent peace of mind in the comfort of their own home.


Let’s identify the key benefits of the continuity of care a Live-in Carer provides:


- Getting to know a person takes time! Once a relationship develops it is easier for regular carers to spot changes in conditions.


- Help to liaise and support with any medical appointments and medication, ensuring continuity in their client’s healthcare.



- Efficient and bespoke care as a regular Live-in Carer learns their clients’ routines, preferences, and choices. They will understand what makes their clients happy and how best to support them in their own home.



- Reassurance and peace of mind for the person receiving care and their families knowing that there is a lovely Live-in Carer who is consistently offering their best care, support, and friendship at all times of the day.


We understand that to consistently offer high levels of continuity of care, it takes true commitment. By working collaboratively through our fabulous office staff, marvellous Live-in Carers and any other brilliant associated teams we endeavour to always find out what is important to you first.


Why is it important to us to find out what is important to you?


Throughout our team we always strive to ask, “what is important to you?”. From the marvellous Tatty our Care Consultant who may take your first call, to the lovely Anita one of our Bookings Consultants who will find the perfect carer to fit with your wishes and needs, all the way through to the fabulous Jo our Customer Service Consultant who will regularly check in with you throughout your Live-in Care journey.


This fundamental question builds the unique, bespoke foundations at the start of everyone’s Live-in Care journey. Once armed with this vital knowledge our team is ready and raring to match the perfect carer based on their likes and dislikes, personality traits, needs and wishes, their love for cooking or knitting or event fluent in Spanish or a master of Tai Chi! Whatever it is that’s important to you, it’s important to us too.


We’ve matched Live-in Carers based on Mr Smith’s love for gardening and made sure we arranged the best possible home carer to be able to attend to his roses and weed out the dandelions. From fluent French, perfect pianists to brilliant bakers, we’ll find the perfect carer, this is how we strive to offer an excellent continuity of Live-in Care tailored to you.


With over 300 Live-in Carers on our register, we have the luxury of being able to offer the continuity of personalised and bespoke care. This ensures that both the client and the carer are perfectly balanced to enjoy a fun and positive Live-in Care journey together. It is always a privilege to watch our wonderful team at work, finding out what’s important and matching the perfect Live-in Carer to right client.


What are the benefits of the continuity of a Live-in Carer?


  • Importance of building trusting relationships: At the core of continuity of care lies the establishment of strong, trusting relationships between clients and their Live-in Carers. This ongoing relationship fosters a deep understanding of the client’s medical history, preferences, and unique healthcare needs. Carers can tailor their care more effectively, considering the client’s individual circumstances, likes and dislikes, and values. Clients, in turn, feel more comfortable and reassured that they can continue to live in the comfort of their own home.


  • A lifeline to support engagement and empowerment: By maintaining consistent communication and friendship with the same Live-in Carer, clients develop a sense of independence. Live-in Carers provide excellent companion care and provide such a great positive influence!


  • Consistent and effective care for chronic conditions: For clients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer, continuity of care is particularly important. Managing these conditions often involves long-term care plans, which necessitate close collaboration between primary care physicians, specialists, and other healthcare professionals. Our Live-in Carers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to help provide assistant, support, and transportation to their client’s health care appointments.


  • Seamless transitions and care coordination: Everyone’s health care journey is different, there is no one size fits all. As we age it can become challenging to keep up with the different appointments and departments, such as hospitals and clinics. A Live-in Carer provides continuity of care by bridging the gaps and ensuring seamless transitions in the care of their client, some of the many reasons are below:




Conclusion:

Overall, continuity of care is highly beneficial in Live-in Care as it promotes a stable, comfortable, and safe environment, fostering a more effective and personalised care experience.


The concept of continuity of care stands as a fundamental principle that underpins high-quality healthcare services. Its significance lies not only in fostering strong relationships and as a positive influence but also in effective management of chronic conditions and seamless transitions between care settings.


As a Live-in Care agency, it is our priority to provide a high standard in the continuity of our Live-in Care services. By understanding that everyone’s care journey is different, we strive to find out what is important to you. After all, if its important to you, it is important to us too.

If you would like to find out more about continuity of Live-in Care and how it could benefit you or a loved one, please give our friendly expert team a call. Please call Tatty on 01264 319 399 or e-mail hello@access-care.co.uk and we will get in touch with you.

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