Bondcare are trusted, experienced operators of care homes around the country, including care homes with physical disability care. For more information about physical disability and physical disability care homes, please read on.
What is Classed as a Physical Disability?
A physical disability is a long-term condition that affects a person’s movement, stability, dexterity or stamina. Physical impairments can range in severity – some people may require a walking stick or frame, for example, but others may be completely unable to walk. A person can be born with a physical disability, or they may develop one later in life due to illness or an accident.
What are the Types of Physical Disabilities?
There are many types of physical disability, some with more debilitating effects than others. Types of physical disability include:
A person who has multiple sclerosis can suffer from a number of impairments. Also known as MS, it is a condition that affects the brain and the spinal cord, including loss of leg and arm movement, vision problems and balance issues. MS can be mild but it can also be very severe, requiring long-term care and assistance.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects a person’s coordination and movement. People are either born with the condition or develop it soon after, and symptoms can range from mild to very severe. As well as movement issues, cerebral palsy can cause swallowing difficulties and problems with speech and vision.
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder. The most recognisable symptom is seizures, which can be triggered by a number of things: stress, fatigue, alcohol and also flashing lights and images. Epilepsy usually starts in very young people or people over 60, and it can be caused by damage to the brain from things like strokes, a brain tumour, drug or alcohol abuse or a lack of oxygen at birth.
There are over 100 types of arthritis – the term ‘arthritis’ refers to joint pain and stiffness that causes difficulty of movement. Arthritis can be mild or severe, and it can range from some discomfort in a single toe to significant pain and stiffness in multiple joints. People with severe arthritis can have real difficulty moving around and they have to endure chronic pain.
Physical Disability Care Plan
As all physical disabilities are different, a care plan is the most effective way to ensure that residents get the help they need in order to live a happy, comfortable and enjoyable life. Whether a person has been living with a disability for a long time or they have only recently developed one, a care plan can be tailored to different aspects of their lives from things like movement and stability to communication, mental health support and stimulation.
Care plans can also include visits from GPs, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech therapists and other medical professionals to give each resident the specialist care they need.
How to Choose a Care Home for Physical Disability Care
Choosing a care home for physical disability care can be a daunting task. Bondcare operates care homes with physical disability care across the country, staffed by qualified professionals and designed to give each and every one of our residents the support, care, assistance and independence they need to enjoy a fulfilling life. You can find a Bondcare physical disability care home by clicking here.
What can I expect from a Bondcare Care Home?
At Bondcare, we strive to ensure that we provide the best standard of care across each and every one of our care homes. Our staff are qualified to NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) and RQF (Regulated Quality Framework) levels 2 and 3 – you can place your full trust in us, knowing that you or your loved one will be in the safest of hands.
Residents receive all the assistance they need, as well as independence where possible. Carers can help residents with eating, dressing, washing, getting around and social activities – if a resident is able to do some things independently, this is encouraged, but staff are always on hand to help if required. Aforementioned care plans are kept for each resident so that their individual requirements are catered for, and our activity coordinators organise regular social events and trips to local amenities and points of interest. From singalongs to shopping trips, we take great care to ensure our residents remain stimulated.
Residents are allowed to decorate their rooms with accessories and personal touches, and furniture can be brought in subject to prior approval. We want each of our residents to feel at home, and personalising bedrooms is a small yet valuable way of doing this.
How can I get NHS-funded residential care?
You may be eligible for NHS-funded residential care if you meet certain criteria. Residential care can be part or wholly funded by your local council or the NHS, depending on your circumstances – you can read more about NHS-funded residential care by clicking here.