WHY CHOOSE NIGHTINGALES?
Selecting a care provider for a loved one can be a complicated and daunting task. We undertake to make this process simple, by helping you make an informed decision around the type of care that is required and identifying the particular needs of the client. This will enable us to select the correct carer whose qualifications, personality and experience best fits in with your lifestyle.
We work closely with the patient's family, doctors and other caregivers, and encourage good communication and co-operation between all parties to ensure the client receives the best possible care at all times. All staff are supervised on a daily basis, and their performance is assessed monthly by their current client.
Nightingales has professional, friendly and approachable management staff, and all enquiries and consultations are strictly confidential. Should you require any further information regarding our service, please contact us.
Nightingales Home Based Caring Service is based in Howick in the Natal Midlands. We specialise in placing qualified home carers in the private homes of individuals who require either long or short term care, but wish to remain at home. We provide a personalised service that can be customised to meet the unique health requirement of our patients, while taking into consideration their lifestyle, cultural, spiritual and personal needs.
Nightingales provides experienced care and support to patients, enabling them to reside independently in their own homes, improving their quality of life for themselves and their family.
Nightingales will offer you peace of mind that your loved ones are cared for by qualified caregivers and supported and supervised by caring and experienced management staff.
Nightingales offer a variety of services, depending on the requirements of our patients. Care levels and routines can be quickly adjusted to suit the changing needs of our patients.
Basic Home Care
Carers will work to your home schedule, performing basic household duties such as bed-making, bathroom and kitchen cleaning, vacuuming, washing and ironing, as well as assisting patients with their personal needs such as bathing and grooming assistance, meal preparation, and exercises programs etc.
Carers ensure that patients are tended to during the night hours when accidents are most likely to happen. They assist in the preparation of the evening meal, bathing and bedtime routines and are on immediate call when their patient requires assistance.
Carers live with their patient for a week at a time, on call 24hours a day. They assist in basic housekeeping, meal preparation, exercises programs, bathing and grooming, medication reminders. Routines are set by the patients' requirements.
This is an emotionally distressing time for family and friends. Carers assist by relieving from the family the day to day care of the patient, and to reassure the family of the patients' condition. The carer will assist in bathing, dressing and feeding when required.
Alzheimers and Dimentia
This is perhaps one of the more difficult things for the family to deal with. Memory loss causes confusion and anxiety in patients and sadness, helplessness and frustration and in family members. Carers help in maintaining a daily routine, ensuring that patients are clean, well groomed, eat regular meals and have the correct medication on time.
This is of enormous benefit to the patient who wishes to remain at home and a relief for family members who are not always able to do this themselves.
Transport / Mobility
Ensuring patients are taken to their medical appointments accompanied by their carer for support and assistance. Carers also assist in mobility in and around the home.
Bathroom and Grooming Assitance
Carers are trained and experienced in assisting patients to bathe and to assist them to dress where required.
Carers ensure that patients have the correct medication at the correct time.
Exercise is vital for physical and mental fitness, and carers will assist in these routines designed to help improve the patients' strength and mobility, working together with the patients' instructor to ensure they are carried out correctly.
Carers are trained to follow a dietary program and will ensure that their patients are given healthy nutritional meals, and ensure that their patient is eating properly throughout the day.
Incontinence is a common and distressing problem, and carers are trained to deal with this in a caring and sensitive manner.
Social interaction with a carer helps to alleviate loneliness. They can read to their patient, play games, chat or just watch TV together. The patient is able to do this as and when it pleases them. Carers can also assist in accompanying their patient to visit other friends or on walks.
Communication / Emergency Procedures
Carers are trained to recognise signs of change and or distress in their patients and will immediately inform their supervisor of a change and ask how to proceed. They communicate with their patients' family, GP and other people involved in the day to day care of their patient to ensure that changes are made when needed. Carers are also trained in how to deal with an emergency, and management staff are on call 24 hours a day to deal with this.