Havilah Care offers an extensive range of supported living services to patients from a wide range of backgrounds, and we focus our care on those with learning disabilities, mental health issues and autism. We aim to provide the necessary supported living services to allow them to regain their independence within a stress-free environment that encourages individuality.
Supported living has the power to make people’s lives much better, but only when provided in the right ways. We will first outline what supported living does not involve, and then we will illustrate exactly how our services cover all of the necessary bases to ensure that the care that we provide is exactly what our patients need.
The first thing to note about supported living is the very word “supported”. All of our patients are in accommodation that they either pay for themselves or that is covered by their benefits. This means that we do not provide our patients with accommodation. This is standard of any supported living package, and ensures that patients maintain a sense of independence in their own space, even if their carer is there 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Supported living does not provide the person with any financial help, such as food and drink and various activities, and this again contributes to the maintenance of the sense of independence that can be difficult to cultivate or repair if lost. Some assistance can be provided when it comes to transport or special equipment, and you can get in touch with our team to find out more about the financial aspects of the care we provide.
So, it should be clear that supported living puts a focus on the independence of the patient, and this means allowing them to lead their own life while providing just the necessary support to make this happen. The support provided by our staff covers daily tasks that the patients might still need some help with, ensuring that nothing more than is needed is done to make sure that the patient appreciates their own actions as well as those of the carers. This helps to not just build bonds between the patients and the carers, but it also allows patients to monitor their own progress with tasks that they can eventually take on themselves or with less help than before.
Some more specific things that can be covered in a supported living plan include help with shopping, which although a small, mundane task for many, can prove to be very stressful for those with autism or other mental health issues. By providing help with this, our carers can help to put our patients’ minds at ease.
Our carers can also help with more specific tasks, such as the taking of medication which can also prove to be a stressful, but essential task for those that need to go through it. Other specific tasks can include providing help with managing budgets and bills, as well as helping patients within the world of work. This can prove to be a very effective method of improving the quality of patient’s lives and importantly giving them a sense of freedom and, of course, independence.
This leads on to one of the most important aspects of supported living; the assistance in learning new skills that promote independence. This can involve learning new ways to take care of themselves in and around the home, or more advanced skills that can take a bit more time and would perhaps cause them more stress if they tried to take on the challenge by themselves.
By encouraging independence our carers can reduce the number of hours of care that the patient needs, which in turn promotes yet more independence as they are able to take on new challenges on their own. It is often the case that our supported living services keep our careers in touch with patients for many years, and this does not mean that there are no improvements being made. One of the important aspects of supported living is that patients respond well to having someone around them that is there to support them when they need it, and this makes the job of our carers much easier and highly rewarding.
Our supported living services have helped hundreds of people regain independence, and we are constantly increasing the number of patients that we care for. You can get in touch with us today to find out more about our services, or to arrange a care plan for you or your loved ones.