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24-Hour Care: What Does It Really Mean?

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When we talk about 24-hour care, we’re referring to a type of support and assistance available around the clock, every day of the week.

This type of care approach is designed to meet the needs of individuals who require constant attention due to various reasons, such as severe health conditions, recovery from surgery, or advanced age with complex care needs. Here’s what 24-hour care really means for individuals and their families:

Continuous Support

24-hour care ensures that individuals can access professional care and support at all times, day or night. This is particularly important for those who may require assistance with personal care, medication management, mobility, or have conditions that need close monitoring.

Personalised Care Plans

Care provided around the clock is highly personalised to meet the unique needs of each individual. This includes tailored care plans that address specific health conditions, preferences, and routines, ensuring that care recipients feel comfortable and supported in their own homes.

Peace of Mind for Families

Knowing that a loved one has 24-hour support gives families peace of mind. It reassures them that their family member is in safe hands, receiving the necessary care and attention, which can be incredibly comforting if they are unable to provide this level of care themselves.

Types of 24-Hour Care

There are generally two types of 24-hour care:

  • Live-in Care: Involves a caregiver living in the home of the person needing care. They provide assistance during the day and are available at night for emergencies. Live-in carers typically work in shifts to ensure they are rested and can provide the best care possible.
  • Shift Care: This approach involves caregivers working in shifts to provide continuous, round-the-clock care. This is often used when the individual’s care needs are intensive and require constant supervision and assistance.

Benefits of 24-Hour Care

  • Dedicated Care: With 24-hour care, individuals receive one-on-one attention, ensuring that all their needs are met promptly and efficiently.
  • Stay at Home: It allows individuals to stay in their familiar environment, which can be beneficial for their mental and emotional well-being.
  • Flexibility: Care schedules and routines can be adjusted to match the preferences and lifestyle of the care recipient, making it a highly flexible option.
  • Comprehensive Assistance: From personal care and household chores to medication management and companionship, 24-hour care covers all aspects of an individual’s daily life.

24-hour care is an intensive, comprehensive form of assistance that caters to individuals requiring constant support. Whether due to ageing, health conditions, or post-surgery recovery, this care option ensures that individuals can continue living safely and comfortably in their homes, with their needs being met at all times.

 

For families, it offers the assurance that their loved ones are cared for, regardless of the time of day or night. If you or your loved ones are considering 24-hour care, organisations like Safe Hands Healthcare are equipped to provide detailed information and support to help you navigate your care options.

How Safehands Healthcare can help your loved ones

At Safehands, we work with professional and dedicated careers to provide around-the-clock care support to match your loved one’s needs. If you are unsure what type of care your loved one will need or if you are just looking for advice about the next steps, you can reach out to a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.

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