Home care in Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill

Does loneliness affect mental health?

Loneliness is often a subject avoided by many. Whether linked to the current situation, a fleeting feeling or something that’s been lingering, it often has a dramatic impact on your life.

Thought to be associated with the older generation, loneliness is actually three times higher for people aged 16 – 24 with one in 10 people becoming affected.

Research from the Marmalade Trust also states that the UK is said to be the loneliest country in Europe, with around 200,000 people going a month or more without speaking to a friend or relative.

Loneliness is an area our carers are here to help with. Our services cover everything from personal care and general assistance, through to simple companionship. We can pop by for a cup of tea, a chat or to sit and play games providing clients with company and support as often as they require it. We can even arrange to stay overnight if a family members needs to go away and would like someone to be on hand in their absence.

We work with a wide variety of people, of all ages, needs and disabilities. And our team is qualified within a wide range of specialist care for those with learning disabilities, physical ailments and mental health issues, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We understand that the whole year has proven tough for many, and we’re pleased that our team are able to continue to provide services for many in a safe and reliable manner.

If you or your loved one are suffering from loneliness please call our team to find out how we can help you. Our packages are tailored to every client to ensure you have the right assistance you need. Call us on 01638 561100 to find out more.

A Career In Care

Health and social care can be both a challenging and rewarding job. We caught up with one of our valued team members, Lauren Day, to talk about her career path and the benefits of working as a care professional.

Lauren began her career here at Cambridge Care Company at 17 years old. Now she is one of our managers and an inspirational figure in our team.

She first heard about Cambridge Care Company through a friend and thought that it would be a good job to have before heading off to university. Although Lauren had no previous experience in care, we provided full training and support.

“The employment process was simple and straight forward,” said Lauren,

“I had a full week of training and on-going support whilst out in the community.”

“I had regular meetings with Penny who supported me whilst I was learning the job role. The team made me feel very welcome and supported me when I was out working.”

Lauren progressed within the business and advanced from her role as a carer to team leader, before being promoted to care co-ordinator. She is now a manager and continues to enjoy being part of the supportive team.

“I have regular meetings with Penny and other managers within the company. We hold a monthly meeting with our staff to discuss any issues and address these as a team.

“Working in care is a very challenging but rewarding job. You will go home feeling proud that you have helped someone.”

Lauren believes that you don’t need to have experience to become a carer. A desire to learn and help people is just as important.

If you’d like to find out more about working for Cambridge Care Company. Visit our recruitment page.

How Home Care Can Improve Mental Health

Research suggests that home care can improve mental health, and even goes as far to say that those with higher levels of social interaction are proven to be healthier overall.

Companionship has been proven as a key, with studies suggesting that loneliness can affect a wide range of health conditions. Our home carer can not only provide domestic assistance and medical attention, but also build a bond with users. Carers can accompany your loved ones on walks, visits to the shops and trips to the theatre. They can also play cards and games at home or provide companionship when the service user is taking part in other hobbies that they enjoy.

Employing an at-home carer also frees up the time of relatives, allowing you to spend quality time with your loved one. Relatives and friends often have to help with errands and tasks around the house, leaving little time for enjoyable activities. A carer will relieve them of these duties allow a more balanced relationship to return, benefitting the health of both of you.

When someone lives alone, they can have a tendency to neglect certain tasks around the home, such as cleaning or cooking. This can be a sign of declining mental health. A carer can instil motivation and provide a gentle nudge to complete tasks safely.

Prevention is also a key part of mental health. A carer can also keep a lookout for early signs of underlying issues. They can make sure that the person receives the help that they may need and continue to record their progress.

We are proud to provide a comprehensive range of services that help clients to stay in their homes as long as they wish. Offering services across Newmarket, Haverhill, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages, we’re proud to offer every client a personalised care plan that our friendly team puts together for you. Whether it’s a 30-minute visit or full 24 hour care, we are able to help. Call us today to discuss your requirements: 01638 561100 or click here.

Benefits Of Care At Home

In the UK, 6.5 million people care for a loved one. This is often on top of busy work and family life. Caring for a loved one can be deeply emotional and tiring, but you don’t need to do it alone. We’re here to help, with as little as 30 minutes care to full 24-hour support. It really is ok to ask for help.

Benefits of care at home:

Quality time for both service user and care giver

Asking for help allows the family carer some much-needed time off, while providing peace of mind that their loved one is being looked after safely. It also means that when the family are all together, they can focus on quality time rather than having to carry out tasks or domestic chores.

Companionship

A carer that visits the home can also provide companionship and friendship. They can accompany the service user on walks, visits to the shops, trips to the theatre or play cards and games at home. Research suggests that those with higher levels of social interaction are healthier overall.

One-to-one care
An at home carer will provide one-to-one care and complete focus during the time they are with the service user.  They can support the client with daily task such as washing and dressing, administering medication and domestic services. A lasting bond can be created between a regular carer and the client. 

Medication management

The carers at Cambridge Care Company are trained to administer medication and can ensure that the client receives the prescribed medication at the correct times. It can be worrying for family members if their loved one is forgetting to take doses, but the home carer can take responsibility for the client’s medication management.

Help around the home

A carer can help to maintain a safe and healthy living environment by taking over some of the light domestic tasks. This can include washing up, laundry, dusting and vacuuming.

 

Here at Cambridge Care Company we provide a comprehensive range of services that help clients to stay in their homes as long as they wish. Every service user receives a personalised care plan tailored to them and their needs. Call us on 01638 561100 to discuss your requirements.

How To Choose A Care Provider

The process of choosing a care provider can be a daunting task, as well as an emotional one. Whether you’re looking for care services for yourself, a partner, family member or loved one, it can be a big life decision.

Here are three things to consider when looking for a care provider:
  1. Check that the company is registered and regulated.

Cambridge Care Company is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an independent regulator that ensures an organisation is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. The CQC rates services on a four-point scale; ‘Outstanding’, ‘Good,’ ‘Requires Improvement’ and ‘Inadequate.’ Ask the providers you are considering for their most recent ratings to compare and make an informed decision.

  1. Confirm that staffs are well trained, as well as kind and compassionate.

It’s essential that care staffs have relevant skills and are professional, but it is also important that they are kind and compassionate. The staff members will become regular faces in your life, so it’s key that the service user, and their family, feels comfortable and supported by them. Meeting as many members of staff beforehand can give you peace of mind and ease the service user into the new care set up.

  1. Ask your local council’s social services department for recommendations.

If you are unsure where to start when choosing a care provider, contact your local council for support. They will make an assessment of your needs and recommend suitable local organisations. The council can also help you to access financial help if eligible.

Local authorities recognise Cambridge Care Company as providing an excellent standard of care and social services often recommend us.

 

We’re proud to provide a wide range of services for people in their own homes. From personal care to administering medication, cooking meals to offering companionship, light domestic chores and respite care. With our care packages starting from a minimum of 30 mins, our team is here to help. Call us today to discuss your requirements on 01638 561100 or email contact@cambridgecarecompany.co.uk.