Motor Neurone Disease Care

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a life changing illness, usually presenting around 60 years of age, although it can affect younger people – famously theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was diagnosed at 21, for example.

But Angel Care is here to provide you and your loved ones with specialist care tailored to support you from diagnosis and beyond to live life at home in the way you want.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Help with washing, dressing and eating
  • Support with attending your favourite social activities
  • Help with everyday tasks
  • Medication management
  • Help preparing nutritious meals and support with eating and drinking
  • 24 hour care

 

More on MND

  • MND is a rare and progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, leading to weakness and wasting
  • It can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe
  • Difficult to diagnose the disease affects each individual in a different way, so there’s no definitive set of symptoms
  • Some MND sufferers experience mild cognitive changes affecting: planning, decision-making and language
  • Others show signs of frontotemporal dementia
  • Resulting physical challenges can include: muscle cramps and spasms, stiff joints, incontinence, communication problems, eating and drinking difficulties, and breathing issues

 

How We Can Help

Our expert Angel Care workers provide the support MND sufferers need to help alleviate symptoms and keep comfortable at home.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about MND? Then try the MND Association.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating an MND care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Multiple Sclerosis Care

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) brings many challenges and requires some significant adjustments by both patients and their loved ones. That’s where our specialist, domiciliary MS support services come in.

 

Choose Angel Care For:

  • Support with bathing or dressing
  • Catheter care and continence management
  • Help to establish a regular exercise routine
  • Assistance with keeping hydrated or maintaining a nutritious diet
  • Help with household chores or everyday tasks, like shopping

 

About MS

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system
  • An autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheath that protects the nerve fibres
  • Messages get disturbed and slow down or stop altogether
  • Symptoms usually start in your 20s or 30s – in fact, this is the most common disease of this type affecting younger adults
  • Common symptoms include: overwhelming fatigue, dizzy spells, muscle spasms, numbness, difficulty swallowing, bowel and bladder problems, visual problems and cognitive impairment
  • Generally symptoms worsen over time, although they will often fluctuate
  • MS stays with you for life

 

How We Can Help

Our Angel Care staff understand MS is complex, and has many symptoms. Most people won’t experience them all, and certainly not at the same time, but specialist treatment, care and support can help sufferers to manage.

Our carefully created support plans help our clients navigate the various medications, therapies and lifestyle changes required to maintain wellbeing in the comfort of their own home.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about MS? Find out more from the MS Society.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating an MS care and support package to support you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Parkinson’s Disease Care

Affecting one in every 500 adults in the UK, Parkinson’s disease (PD) most often occurs in people over 50 years of age, although some will be younger – like the actor Michael J Fox who was diagnosed with young-onset PD at the age of 30.

Everyone’s experience of living with PD is different so Angel Care specialist support helps sufferers, and their loved ones, manage the many issues and challenges living with this condition can bring.

 

Choose Angel Care For:

  • Cognitive stimulation – such as reading or talking
  • Personal care support
  • Medication management
  • Nutritional advice and support
  • Help to continue enjoying your favourite social activities
  • Assistance with everyday tasks
  • Help with exercises
  • Live-in support

 

More on Parkinson’s Disease

  • PD destroys the nerve cells that produce dopamine, making it impossible for the brain to send proper signals to the muscles
  • Initial symptoms include: aching, stiffness, a mild tremor and a general feeling of fatigue and weakness
  • Progressive difficulties include: problems with blinking or walking, talking, swallowing, coordination and balance
  • Less noticeable symptoms include bowel and bladder problems, difficulty sleeping, excessive sweating, anxiety and depression

 

How We Can Help

Together we create a care plan tailored specifically to your personal needs and preferences. Our experienced care staff will help you negotiate condition challenges and adapt to lifestyle changes – such as regular exercise and good nutrition and hydration – all from the comfort of your own home.

 

What Next?

Got more questions on Parkinson’s Disease? Take a look at Parkinson’s UK.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating a Parkinson’s Disease care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Acquired Brain Injury Care

Acquired brain injury (ABI) – an injury caused to the brain since birth – can be emotionally and practically challenging for both the patient and their loved ones. You may even have to make considerable changes to the way you live.

So, Angel Care’s quality home care services are tailored specifically to support those with ABI and their family.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Support in relearning basic life skills
  • Personal care – to keep you looking and feeling your best
  • Medication management
  • Help with developing confidence towards greater independence and socialising
  • Advice on and support with nutrition
  • Child care support – helping children adjust to changes in a loved one
  • Help with household chores and everyday tasks
  • Respite care
  • Emergency planning
  • Emotional support

 

More on Acquired Brain Injury

  • Possible causes for ABI include: falls, accidents, tumours and stroke
  • The more severe the ABI, the more pronounced the long-term effects may be
  • Although the effects are often similar, there are key variances that make treating and coping with ABI unique
  • Common symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, irritability and memory problems, sometimes lasting for months or even years
  • Severe ABI can create complex long-term problems affecting personality, relationships and the ability to lead an independent life

 

How We Can Help

Our experienced care workers help people with ABI to maximise their potential and enjoy fulfilling lives at home by creating a care plan tailored to their unique needs and preferences.

 

What Next?

Want to know more about ABI? Try the brain injury association Headway.

Or, call your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating an acquired brain injury care and support plan to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Dementia Care – Continued

Dementia describes a variety of strains. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in the UK, affecting an estimated 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 and 1 in every 6 people over the age of 80.

Everyone’s experience of living with dementia is different so Angel Care specialist support helps sufferers, and their loved ones, manage the many issues and challenges living with this condition can bring.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Medication support
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Catheter care and continence management
  • Help to establish a regular exercise routine
  • Dietary support
  • Assistance with household chores and everyday tasks
  • Companionship, or help to remain involved with your favourite social activities

 

Types of Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s – the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s results in severe memory loss and eventually other symptoms, like confusion, disorientation, personality changes, communication problems and impaired mobility
  • Vascular or Multi-infarct Dementia – caused by reduced blood flow linked to underlying health conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies – a less common form of dementia presenting memory and judgement problems, plus impaired concentration and visual perception
  • Frontotemporal Dementia – a rare but significant cause of dementia in people under the age of 65 resulting in changes to personality, behaviour, and language

 

How We Can Help

Got more questions on dementia? The NHS website and charity Dementia UK can help.

Or, Contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating a dementia care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Dementia Care – Introduction

Dementia has many different stages and affects everyone differently.

Although dementia is challenging for both patient and loved ones, Angel Care can provide professional care and support so sufferers can enjoy a fulfilling life in their own homes.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Medication support – including reminders
  • Assistance with personal care – to keep you looking your best
  • Catheter care and continence management – to maintain dignity and comfort
  • Help to establish a regular exercise routine
  • Dietary support
  • Assistance with household chores and everyday tasks
  • Companionship, or help to remain involved with your favourite social activities

 

Angel Care services provide the help you need to get you and your loved ones through the difficult days.

 

More on Dementia

  • Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language
  • Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke
  • It’s progressive, meaning the symptoms will gradually get worse

 

For more on types of dementia, including: Alzheimer’s Disease click HERE.

Palliative Care

People with a life-threatening illness will need some supportive care in addition to treatment for their condition. Angel Care’s qualified care assistants offer care and support specifically tailored to your needs and preferences.

Our services are delivered to you and your loved ones all the way from diagnosis through treatment and cure, or those final days, within the familiar surroundings of your own home.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Encouragement and support – from diagnosis and beyond
  • Help managing symptoms
  • Support in attending social and lifestyle activities important to you
  • Medication management
  • Rehabilitation support
  • End of life and bereavement care

 

More on Palliative Care

Palliative care has been defined by NICE as follows:

“Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.”

We provide palliative care to help patients and their loved ones manage their challenges and to live as well as possible with the effects of their disease.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about palliative care? Try the NHS website.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our friendly care team about creating a palliative care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Huntington’s Disease Care

We at Angel Care appreciate that a Huntington’s disease (HD) diagnosis is very stressful and upsetting for all the family, not least because of the disease’s inherited nature.

An incurable and degenerative disease HD sufferers will require support and care with day-to-day living, at some point, but this does not have to mean residential care.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Maintaining general health and easing symptoms
  • Personal care and hygiene support
  • Help taking medication and attending medical appointments
  • Support in managing anxiety or loneliness
  • Assistance with household chores and everyday tasks
  • Living the end of your life with dignity

 

What is Huntington’s Disease?

  • HD is an inherited condition that damages certain nerve cells in the brain
  • This brain damage gets progressively worse over time and can affect movement, cognition and behaviour
  • There’s no cure and its progress can’t be reversed or slowed down

 

How We Can Help

Angel Care supports HD suffers and their family manage symptoms and live as full a life as possible in the comfort of your own home and within your community.

A qualified and experienced care worker will work with you to create a personalised care plan tailored to your needs and preferences.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about HD? Try the Huntington’s Disease Association or the NHS website.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with our friendly care team about a Huntington’s Disease care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.

Hypertension Care

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 1 in 4 adults across England and can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But don’t let high blood pressure stop you living your life!

Our Angel Care team can help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to reduce the risks associated with high blood pressure – making a real difference to your health and wellbeing.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Dedicated dietary support
  • Support to include regular, achievable exercise in your routine
  • Help in maintaining the social activities that are important to you
  • Medication support and help attending medical appointments
  • General care and support for all aspects of daily living

 

What is High Blood Pressure?

  • Hypertension means there’s too much pressure in your blood vessels
  • This pressure puts extra stress on your arteries and heart
  • The extra strain can lead to serious conditions – including: heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, stroke, or dementia

 

How We Can Help

Sometimes called the ‘silent killer’ high blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms. Once diagnosed your doctor may prescribe medication, but lifestyle changes also play an important part.

Angel Care provides you with personal care and support you need to maintain your lifestyle and your wellbeing.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about high blood pressure? Then try the NHS website.

Or, contact your local Angel Care office to speak with one of our care team about creating a hypertension care and support package to suit you.

Find your nearest branch HERE.

Diabetes Care

Angel Care provides a range of care and support services to help you manage the unique challenges of living well with diabetes.

Affecting over 3 million people in the UK diabetes can be challenging, but our understanding and knowledgeable care team can help you live life your way.

 

Choose Angel Care for:

  • Support in managing common symptoms
  • Assistance with taking medication and checking glucose levels
  • Help identifying signs of hypoglycaemia
  • Diabetes-friendly dietary assistance
  • Support in pursuing an active lifestyle
  • Someone to liaise with health care services

 

What is Diabetes?

  • Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high
  • Blood sugar is controlled by a hormone called insulin
  • Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy
  • However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy

 

Symptoms & Challenges

  • Associated risks include: heart disease, stroke, dementia, nerve damage, skin lesions, blindness, chronic kidney disease, circulation problems, muscle-wasting and damage to ligaments and joints
  • Resulting challenges – it’s vital to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity you do. This means planning ahead and knowing your body’s typical blood glucose responses

 

How We Can Help
Our care workers can help you find the balance between activity, food, and insulin. We’ll support you to take steps to prevent or delay health complications and continue to enjoy a normal and active life.

 

What Next?

Got more questions about diabetes? Try the NHS website and Diabetes UK.

Or, contact your nearest Angel Care office and speak with one of our friendly team about creating a diabetes care and support package to suit you.

Find your local branch HERE.