Disability care and support in your own home
There are 13.9 million people in the UK who are living with a disability, and their daily lives are affected in a variety of ways. Many of them rely on their family for support. But with a fully trained and dedicated live-in carer, we make it possible for you or your loved one to live as independently as possible.
Support for people with a disability
Parents or carers of people with a disability can feel overwhelmed as they try to support someone with their condition whilst also attempting to live a full life themselves. Your loved one will probably need to attend many different hospital or GP appointments, will need support to eat well, exercise and socialise.
Cygnet’s carers are fully trained and experienced when it comes to caring for someone with a disability. It can be a really stressful time following a stroke for example, as your family and your loved one transition from being able bodied to needing support and not being able to do everything they used to do.
When a person becomes disabled, a carer from Cygnet can support them with their adjustment, their social and communication skills and any other issues that may arise as a result of their disability.
Our approach to disability care
A disability is always unique to the person, and in every case we concentrate on people’s gifts and strengths. At Cygnet we understand how to support someone with a disability. People can become frustrated when they are no longer able to do the things they’ve always been able to do in the past and this can place an extra strain on the family, especially if you are trying to manage this on your own as a family.
Supporting a loved one with autism
If you are caring for someone with autism, you may need support when communicating with them. Often people with autism can find items in their surroundings hostile, when other people wouldn’t. It’s important to communicate clearly with an autistic person as they will sometimes misinterpret what you say. Our carers can help you to communicate effectively with your loved one, and introduce you to techniques to aid communication, and to identify what causes their frustrations.
Support for someone after Stroke
If you live with a stroke or care for someone who does, you may find you need extra support. A Cygnet carer can support you and your family and help with the rehabilitation of someone who has had a stroke. Perhaps you’ve found that your loved one needs extra care and support with speech and language as they become frustrated at being unable to communicate effectively. Your carer can work with local speech and language therapists (SaLT) to ensure that your loved one is receiving the support needed to improve their speech.
Support which enables independence
You may also find that your loved one requires extra help with their social development, getting out and about and meeting new people. The Cygnet team are not just available for your loved one’s physical development but for their emotional development too. They can be a friend who will listen to your worries, and a companion to share your interests with.
We aim to support people with disabilities to live independently as part of their local community, close to existing networks and family if possible. Having live-in support means that the person can exercise choice and control over their life in ways that would not usually be possible, if living in structured environments such as residential care or group living. Cygnet have social groups that your loved one can access if they wish.
Respite care – Help for carers from Cygnet
As a carer of someone who has a disability, your commitments can become overwhelming. We understand that you may need time to look after yourself as well as your loved one. That’s why we can offer you a respite care service. This means that a Cygnet carer will be there to support your loved one, round the clock if necessary, so that you can take the time to look after yourself as well. We recognise that this can be difficult, especially if you are a primary carer for your loved one, but we want to help you as well as the loved one you care for.