Home care company launches clinical care across East

Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford, a local home care company, has rolled out a new type of home care service where clinical observations and procedures are integrated into the care they deliver.

The team at Home Instead has undergone specialist training enabling their caregivers to carry out clinical observations and some clinical procedures that would otherwise have to be carried out by a nurse, GP or other healthcare professional. By providing this specialist training, Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford will help to ease the huge burden the NHS operates under, whilst maintaining people’s wellbeing at home.

The company currently has a clinical lead for their area, and three caregivers able to support their clients with their health care needs.

Not only will clients be able to make fewer trips to clinical settings such as GP surgeries, they will receive clinical care and personal care from the same individual, helping them form a strong bond with their caregiver through regular visits. This provides added peace of mind to clients and their families, particularly during the ongoing pandemic.

During the six week training programme undertaken by the team at Home Instead, caregivers have been trained to monitor blood pressure, pulse rates and conduct temperature checks. Staff have also been trained to conduct some clinical procedures such as giving insulin, blood glucose monitoring and wound dressing.

Speaking about the training and the difference it will make, David Bassett, director and general manager of Home Instead comments: “Home care is changing. It makes absolute sense for clinical services to be provided in the comfort of your own home, thereby reducing the pressure on hospital staff and GP surgeries.

“We are proud to be leading the way on delivering exceptional care at home and are delighted to have completed this new training programme. It is also great to know how much this will reassure our clients and increase flexibility in their daily lives.

“Going forward we will measure the impact of this new service and support others to embrace this new way of working. By monitoring clients’ health more closely we will be able to reduce appointments, hospital visits and admissions – all which add a significant burden to the NHS. By keeping track of the many conditions that impact on older people, and by identifying the changes early, we can continue to make a real difference to our clients’ lives.”

The company, regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has undergone further checks from the regulator to allow it to carry out these new procedures and is now regulated and registered for the ‘treatment of disease, disorder and injury’ in addition to its personal care services.

To find out more about Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford and the home care services they provide alongside their clinical visits, please call 01279 721443 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastherts