Caring for all your needs
The Valleys not only offers you a warm and friendly home but one where you will be looked after with respect for your individual wishes and needs. We have a highly experienced nursing and care team, available twenty-four hours a day, who understand that a supportive and homely environment is important, but that you also want to retain as much independence and choice in your daily life as possible.
Achieving this balance doesn’t happen by chance. It is important that we spend time with both you and your family, agreeing exactly what type of care suits you best. Having talked with you, we will develop a care plan that is personal to you, and that can be adapted should your needs or circumstances change.
Choosing the right care for you
We always recommend that you visit the home to make sure that it is the right one for you. Whilst you are visiting, ask the questions that are most important to you and find out more about life in the home.
If you’re not sure about something then we would be happy to arrange a trial day where you can come and have lunch, join in with activities and chat to other residents. We want you to feel totally comfortable with the choice you make and will do everything we can to help you make the right one.
If you are uncertain as to exactly what type of care might be appropriate for you then below we have set out what we see as the essential differences between various care categories.
You might still be independent of spirit but gradually finding it more difficult to manage some of life’s daily tasks. At The Valleys we can help you with these whilst still allowing you control over your daily routine. Our residential care can help you with a variety of daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing and mobility, as well as providing a greater level of care for those who need more support if they’re more frail.
Although many people diagnosed with dementia are still able to have care delivered to their own home, there are others whose need is for greater support in a care home environment. For those people, we want to maintain for them, as far as is possible, a life they are familiar with. To us this means enabling them to enjoy the things that they are used to in their life already – eating the same type of meals, taking part in the same sorts of activities, and above all staying in touch with friends and relatives. We firmly believe that living with dementia does not mean retreating from life and all it has to offer.
Nursing care is appropriate for people who need a qualified nursing team available to them 24 hours a day. There can be many different reasons for requiring this level of support, for example, some residents may require rehabilitation following serious illness, such as a stroke or heart attack. Others may have complex physical needs or long-term conditions that require the specialist attention and care that only nursing staff can deliver.
We understand that it can be difficult for families or friends providing care for a loved one on an ongoing basis. It is important as part of caring for someone else that you find time to care for yourself. Respite stays generally last for a minimum of a week to several weeks, although that is entirely up to you and your family. Our Respite Care can help with:
- Rest and recuperation after a hospital stay
- A short relaxation break away from home
- Giving carers some time off to focus on themselves
- Enabling full-time carers to take a holiday
- Trialling the home before committing on a long-term basis
- Short stays or stays of several weeks - A separate respite suite for your stay with us
Very often as we get older we can find that our circumstances mean we become lonely and inactive through not having the opportunity to meet other people. But we believe life is too short to stay at home!
Our Lakeland Valley Day Care Centre offers you the opportunity to spend a day away from your normal routine, enjoying the opportunity to meet others for conversation, fun and friendship.
There is a cooked lunch provided, and a great afternoon tea, along with refreshments and snacks throughout the day. We also organise a number of different activities from nail parties and pampering days through to trips out shopping, to the garden centre, or other local places of interest.