How live-in clinical care can enable those with complex needs to remain at home

22 Apr 2021 | Live-in Clinical Care, Post Hospital Recovery

If you or a loved one have a long-term condition or are recovering from an accident, you might think being cared for at home is no longer an option. You may believe the complexity of the clinical care you need means a hospital or residential care home are your only real choices.  

Long-term conditions and serious injury are often life changing both for those seeking care, and for their families. But remaining at home with dignified, discreet live-in clinical care and support is often a viable option. 

Person-centred care service

Here at Eximius, we passionately believe in providing person-centred care services. This means treating our clients with dignity, compassion and respect and involving them in all decisions about their health. We support our clients to recognise and develop their own strengths and abilities to enable them to live an independent and fulfilling life. When creating personalised care plans which can adapt with the evolving needs of the client, we don’t only consider the clinical requirements, but also the physical and emotional needs of the individual.  

We firmly believe any clinical care team should not work in isolation but collaborate with other health professionals involved in a client’s care, such as discharge teams, occupational therapists, neurologists and specialist consultants.  

Expert support for wide range of acquired injury and neurological conditions 

Live-in clinical care can support clients with complex needs from a wide range of acquired brain injury and neurological conditions including spinal cord injuries, stroke recovery, DementiaParkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.  

Our dedicated clinical team access specialised training, alongside our internal training, from Spinal Injury Association (SIA) and the British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM). 

This means our team has the necessary expertise to support with: 

  • Autonomic dysreflexia – this occurs when the nervous system involuntarily overreacts to external or bodily stimuli.  
  • Bowel management and continence care, including catheter care – this can be upsetting and uncomfortable for clients, but compassionate expert clinical care can provide sensitive support and avoid further complications or infections. 
  • Emotional and mental health changes – it is not unusual for clients to feel frustrated and for there to be a deterioration in mental wellbeing, but our team are trained to provide excellent emotional support and assistance during these difficult periods. 
  • Medication administration – our teams administer and then document the details of medication given on a secure care electronic system to monitor intake and provide reassurance to families that a loved one is being looked after.  
  • Pain management 
  • Paraplegia (inability to move the lower half of the body) and tetraplegia (inability to move the upper and lower half of the body). 
  • Personal care – it is not uncommon for reduced mobility to make it harder for people to carry out personal and manage personal hygiene for themselves as they may have done previously. Our teams can assist with this sensitive matter whilst maintaining the client’s dignity. 
  • PEG tube or nasogastric feeding – for those clients on a liquid diet 
  • Respiratory care – including tracheostomy, ventilation, and suction. 
  • Tissue viability – for existing, or minimising the risk of developing, complex wounds, such as pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and chronic non-healing wounds. 

We understand the wide range of support requirements and have the necessary expertise to ensure clinical care plans include targeted help for specific conditions. 

For example, for clients with spinal cord injuries, effective medication administration can help to manage some of the effects of the injury, can control pain and muscle spasticity, as well as those that can improve bladder control, bowel control and sexual functioning. Regular physical activity is also essential for maintaining health and function as well as recovery in many brain and spinal cord injuries. Our teams help clients perform a range of motion exercises to help keep joints supple and assist with bowel, bladder, and skin care to minimise the chances of infection.  

For clients with Multiple Sclerosis appropriate moderate exercise has been shown to not only maintain a healthy weight but also to improve strength, mobility and bowel and bladder control whilst reducing pain and fatigue along with the chances of developing other conditions or illnesses.   

Similarly for clients with Parkinson’s, regular exercise has been proven to be as beneficial as medication in managing symptoms and 2.5 hours per week of physical activity can improve strength, balance, posture, and flexibility as well as helping with sleep, tiredness, and the client’s mood and mental health.   

For clients facing stroke recovery, support with physiotherapy exercises between physiotherapist sessions can be very beneficial along with care that is adaptable such as speaking slowly if they have communication difficulties. 

Why Live-in Clinical Care at Eximius? 

Here at Eximius, we added a dedicated branch of Live-in Clinical Care so we can provide specialist support for these clients, alongside our other services – Live-in Day Care, Live-in Respite Care and Live-in Night Care.  

Our clients’ phenomenal resilience and determination motivated us to help more people navigating similar issues.  

Our dedicated team works with hospitals, case managers and medical professionals to provide the very best support. 

We have seen for ourselves the enormous difference in the quality of life for people with clinical care needs when they remain in their own homes. Our clients love living as normal a life as possible, surrounded by friends and family, in familiar surroundings. 

We understand planning care for yourself or a loved one can feel overwhelming. If you’d like to find out more about clinical care or any of our services, please get in contact, we’d love to help.