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Alternatives to residential care

Residential care.PNGFeature writer Rachel Coleman used to be a fulltime carer. Here she talks care choices.

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a life-changing event. It can be a lot to take in and making sense of what it will mean can be daunting. You may be concerned about what this means for the future and whether you’ll have to move into a residential care home to get the support you need.

Even with growing support needs, it is possible to stay in the comfort of your own home. Private home care providers offer flexible support options on a visiting basis and even in the form of a live-in personal assistant, enabling you to have the best quality of life.

Let’s take a look at the alternatives to residential care.

Flexible support at home

MS can cause difficulties with mobility and communication. This can be incredibly frustrating for anyone living with the condition and these difficulties can pose unique issues, particularly with friendships.

Though a residential care home does offer round-the-clock support, for someone living with MS letting go of their home comforts and independence can be incredibly unsettling.

With home care, you can stay in the environment you know the most, with the same routines and friends and family nearby who can visit whenever they want.

Caroline Redman is Head of Customer Service at Helping Hands, and helps to arrange support at home for people living with MS. She says, 'We place a special focus on creating support plans that are flexible and completely built around each person’s unique needs. Whether they need visiting support at mealtimes, help first thing in the morning or late at night, all the way through to a handpicked personal assistant who’s there 24/7 and supporting with getting out and about and other day-to-day activities.'

This article is taken from issue 109 of New Pathways magazine. To read the full article, subscribe today!