Making arrangements for care in later life – be it for yourself or for a loved one – can be a daunting prospect. The idea of a care home isn’t for everyone but there is an alternative: one-on-one care around the clock in the comfort of your own home. The Good Care Group delivers just that – I Love Bramhall met up with local business manager Sharon to find out more about their award-winning service.
From its humble beginning in 2009 with just one member of staff to its current size of more than 900 carers and around 340 clients, The Good Care Group’s fast-growing success saw the business awarded the accolade of being the only care company in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Growth Companies last year. In fact, the company’s resounding success and commitment to care has resulted in a clutch of awards – more than any other national live-in care company.
The carers, supported by an admiral nurse consultant and a rapid-response team, ensure that every client is looked after with professionalism and dignity. With a ‘person-centred’ approach, the peace of mind and security that comes with residential care is delivered without the need to sacrifice personal routines and independence or to leave the comfort of one’s home.
Carers assist with basic necessities such as washing and dressing, but also ensure that the house and garden are kept looking lovely and any pets are well looked after. With this unrivalled standard of personalised care it’s no surprise that The Good Care Group holds the prestigious rating of ‘outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission.
For those caring for an older loved one, taking some time out for yourself every now and again to go on holiday, focus on work or just to relax can be integral to positive mental health and wellbeing. The Good Care Group can help out here, as well as providing support for those who just require that bit more security and assistance, such as during recovery from an injury or operation.
Offering respite care to give families the care they require without putting any unnecessary strain on the client or their relatives, The Good Care Group provides a sense of continuity and familiarity that nursing homes or hospitals may not always be able to offer, meaning that the client can enjoy as much support or independence as they please.
The Good Care Group looks after people throughout the country and has a regional team supporting clients locally in and around Bramhall, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge. Carers are also recruited from all over the UK, who tend to work on a two-week on, two-week off rota to achieve a balance between work and home life that works for them. Clients often note how much their carers become ‘part of the family’; offering companionship at family and social events, or even just talking about memories over a cup of tea.
Around 80 per cent of the company’s clients are living with dementia; the one-on-one support that The Good Care Group offers – as well as the familiarity of the clients’ own home and routine – is particularly beneficial to those who may be confused or unsettled by moving to residential care. The team also has expertise in medical conditions such as Parkinson’s, stroke and cancer, among many others.
The annual rates are comparable to that of a high quality residential or nursing home, and the special rate for couples makes The Good Care Group’s service particularly attractive financially. There’s no need to sell the house, move away from family members or make any major lifestyle changes – clients live their lives how they wish, but with a person on hand to offer companionship or help with any of the challenges that older age may bring.
Be it gardening, going for walks, baking or attending social events, no hobbies or activities need be sacrificed and carers and clients alike can enjoy these things together. Whether it’s for yourself, a friend or a relative, making arrangements for later life can really clear the horizon and ensure any changes that need to be made are smooth and natural – The Good Care Group is a real solution to consider. For more information, get in touch with the Good Care Group using the links below.
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