Carers respite programme organised through Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service and provided by ARK.
This programme provides an introduction to respite by providing a service that is flexible and available for a range of situations. Through consultation with beneficiaries, carers and the cared for we have found that families often receive support only when they have reached a crisis point. This situation puts great pressure on the carer and means they suffer unacceptable pressure, often for an extended period. This programme will provide early intervention and prioritises low-level support that can be increased, in order to empower the carers. The project addresses these kinds of needs in peoples homes, promotes independence and assists carers with caring.
BwD Carers Service now have a “Working Together” agreement with ‘ARK Healthcare’ who will be providing 16 hours of respite for Carers registered with our service.
Craig Watson(Manager, Ark Healthcare) and Emma Shaw (Team Leader, BwD Carers Service) have worked together closely to design a tailor made package of respite for Carers, that is person centred and fits the needs and wishes of the Carer and Cared-For.
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a BwD based organisation that allows the upaid carers of the borough the freedom and peace of mind when leaving their loved ones at home.
Carers are involved in developing care plans and play an integral part in making decisions about the persons care and support. This involvement ensures that carers are partners in care and assists the programme deliver a better quality of life for both the carer and the cared for.
The National Carers Strategy has stated that carers are supported to maintain a life of their own alongside their caring responsibilities. It is keen to improve early identification of carers so that they can be supported in considering their various options and make informed choices. It reflects a shift in emphasis from structures and processes towards priorities centred around improving outcomes for people with care needs and their carers. The number one priority for the majority of carers is respite.
Therefore, through the Carers Service, ARK can provide:
“I just want to see a friendly face I can enjoy a chat and a coffee with.”
Ark Health at Home is more than just a service; it’s about supporting you to do the things you enjoy. This could be accompanying you to appointments at the doctors, socialising with friends, shopping or making the most of your favourite hobbies. Our outstanding team will support you to live your life fully.
If you aren’t getting out and about as much as you would like, or you just want some companionship, we are here. Our care team love their jobs because they get to share good conversations with the individuals we work with.
It’s OUR pleasure.
Your home is important to you and sometimes it isn’t as easy to get jobs done. We’re here to give you the support you need to make things a little easier.
Some our our domestic support services include:
- Dusting & Vacuuming
- Washing & Ironing
- Changing linens
- Collecting medications
- Food Shopping
- Watering Plants
- Assisting with pets
These are just a selection of the domestic support services provided.
“I don’t want a ready meal every day, I like home-cooked food.”
We all have different tastes – especially with food!
Ark can support with food shopping; making sure your diet is full of all things you need to eat, feel healthier and enjoy.
You are in control: you work together with the team to choose a menu of food you will enjoy. If you love cooking but it’s a bit much on your own, we can support you and allow you to keep doing it with the support you need.
“Need help with washing and dressing, but concerned about respecting privacy.”
Completing everyday tasks can sometimes be difficult. Personal care can be sensitive and it is our priority to ensure you receive the right support whilst maintaining privacy and dignity.
We can assist with:
- Grooming (Shaving, hair and make up)
- Overseeing Medication
Our team need to fully understand the needs personal care requirements and will work closely with you to build the package that you are completely comfortable with.
“I’ve been in hospital and need some help getting back on my feet.”
If you need help getting back to normal after an illness, injury or hospital visit, Ark can provide that assistance for you.
The care workers are fully trained in order to support you and create a personal care plan that includes your objectives of where you want to be and when.
Ark firmly believes in helping you remain as independent as possible and take guidance from you in what feels right and how you are progressing.
“I love caring for my mother but sometimes I need a break and so does she.”
Providing care for a loved one is rewarding, but it’s important you both take a break to allow you to return to your routine rested and rejuvenated.
It can be a difficult decision to invite someone into your home and you may be concerned about disruption to your routine. Ark makes the process as straightforward as possible, ensuring that they fully understand your needs and requirements.
Are respite services not only ensure families get the break they deserve, but gives them peace of mind that their loved one is safe and supported.
If you would like more information please contact us on 01254 688440
More information on ark is also available on their website Click Here