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Friday, 08 June 2018 17:03

Care Assistant Richmond (London)

Working for Radfield Home Care - Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow as a Care Assistant is an extremely rewarding job. In order to do the job well, you need to have a caring nature, be flexible and organised in your work, enjoy taking on responsibility and making a real difference to other people's lives.

Everyone at Radfield works to our Company Core Values and these serve as daily reminders to everyone as to how we treat our clients and each other. We are looking for individuals who will fit into our company culture, we are not necessarily seeking the most experienced or well-trained person as these skills can be taught - but being just the right type of person with the right values to be apart of our amazing team.

  • We are a Family | At Radfield Home Care we care about all of our people, and believe passionately that by treating our carers as a trusted family we can empower them to treat our clients with the same warmth and respect.
  • We are Proud to Care | We're proud to stand out for the right reasons, to help each and every one of our employees reach their potential, and we're proud of the fact that at Radfield, we're always pushing for the very best.
  • We are on Your Side | We believe in looking after people and empowering them to live their own unique lives to the full. We understand, listen, and act as caring advocates, to uphold wishes and ensure wellbeing.

 

How Does Radfield Care for Carers?

Radfield Home Care is an award-winning company built on an outstanding reputation that provides care services to clients who wish to remain living in their own home, maintaining their independence, and quality of life.

As the first healthcare company in the UK to become an accredited B Corp, we are extremely proud of the work and services we deliver to our local communities. We do this by caring for our Carers.

Radfield Home Care has created its own core values that are at the heart of what we do each and every day. Our Caring for our Carers pledge also ensures we improve the conditions for hard working care staff, enabling carers to do a good job.

B Corp allows Radfield Home Care to demonstrate our commitment to our people and to our planet in a transparent and clear way by creating value for society, not just shareholders.

Job Title:

Care Assistant.

Location:

Surbiton.

Reporting to:

Care Manager.

Salary:

Weekday £9.00ph, weekend £10.50ph.

*Additional pay of £1.33 between every care call as a travel pay allowance.

*Tax-free mileage payments.

Hours:

Part-time (16 - 20 Hours) and Full-time positions available.

Requirements:

Driving license and use of own car
Able to work every other weekend
Hold a current or willing to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Job Purpose:

To provide domiciliary care to clients.

Application Deadline:

30st June 2018.

 

Submit My Application

Havering Home Care Assistant Jobs

The job description for a Care Assistant - Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow at Radfield Home Care is outlined below.

Our Home Care Assistants work with elderly people who live in their own homes and may need just a small amount of support e.g. help with shopping or companionship through to care visits with one or two carers several times per day.

Your care duties for each individual client will be clearly stated in their Care Plan and may vary depending on the client needs, time of day of the visit etc. Occasionally other care duties may arise that aren’t included below and you will need to be able to adapt easily to take on these different duties if asked.

There are certain qualities that we expect all our carers to have and bring to their day-to-day work and we have outlined these below.

 

What We offer

  • Premium hourly rates and additional mileage pay,
  • 5.6 weeks' paid holiday per annum,
  • Access to first class induction training and a commitment to continuous learning, development, and support.
  • Workplace Pension Scheme and sick pay scheme.
  • Free uniform.
  • Monthly data allowance.
  • Star of the month rewards.
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the local communities of Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow (London).
  • Opportunity to be part of the respected, trusted and high-quality Radfield home care brand and a chance to be part of a values-based family business.

 

Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications

Required:

The main skills and qualities that we look for in our Home Care Assistants are:

  • A good communicator.
  • An active team player but also able to work on your own initiative.
  • Caring, patient, sensitive and committed to helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable people.
  • Self-motivated, organised and flexible.
  • Mentally able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work.
  • Physically able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work which involves bending, lifting, stretching, kneeling, crouching, getting up and down stairs & manual dexterity.

 

Desired:

The main skills and qualities that we look for in our Home Care Assistants are:

  • Previous experience in the care profession and qualifications are desirable attributes but not essential
  • Some experienced carers will participate in the on-call rota and undertake shadowing training with new carers. These additional responsibilities are optional and are remunerated at an enhanced rate of pay.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • To share with other staff in meeting the personal care needs of our clients in a way that respects their dignity and promotes independence. The nature of care we expect you to provide is similar to that given by members of our clients own family and will not involve tasks that a trained nurse would normally provide.
  • Providing personal care to clients.
  • To help clients with mobility problems and other physical disabilities including incontinence and to use and look after aids and personal equipment.
  • To provide our clients with companionship care when required.
  • To care for clients who are temporarily sick and may need assistance with minor dressings, bed nursing, help with feeding, toileting etc.
  • To help provide end of life care.
  • To help promote the mental and physical wellbeing of our clients by talking to them, taking them out, reading and writing and helping them to participate in their hobbies and recreations.
  • To undertake light household tasks for example, making and changing beds, tidying rooms, light cleaning such as dusting and vacuuming and emptying commodes.
  • To assist with the washing and ironing of clothes if requested.
  • To prepare and serve meals; assist clients with eating and drinking; wash up, tidy and clean the kitchen and dining area.
  • To greet visitors and answer the telephone as needed whilst at the client's home.
  • To read and write reports, and take part in staff and clients meetings and training activities as directed.
  • To maintain the highest standards of hygiene at all times and use personal protective equipment provided
  • Report any illness to the office so that correct infection prevention and control procedures can be followed.
  • To comply with the agency's guidelines and policies at all times.
  • To report to the office any significant changes in the health or circumstances of a client.
  • To encourage clients to remain as independent as possible.
  • To report to the office immediately any events or situations that may pose a risk to our clients, their relatives or staff members. For example a faulty piece of equipment or broken step in a client's home.
  • To help promote the agency with marketing which may include leafleting.
  • To come into the office at least once a week to collect and bring in client paperwork and to collect your rota and client information.
  • To perform such other duties as may reasonably be required.

 

Obligations

All staff is required to adhere to the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers and respect the confidentiality of all matters that they might learn in the course of their employment. All staff is expected to comply with requirements under the Data Protection Act 1998.

All staff must be familiar with Radfield Home Care Ltd’s health and safety policies and procedures and ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 of which we can provide copies if needed.

Submit My Application

Friday, 08 June 2018 16:58

Care Assistant Harrogate

Working for Radfield Home Care - Harrogate, Wetherby & North Yorkshire as a Care Assistant is an extremely rewarding job. In order to do the job well, you need to have a caring nature, be flexible and organised in your work, enjoy taking on responsibility and making a real difference to other people's lives.

Everyone at Radfield works to our Company Core Values and these serve as daily reminders to everyone as to how we treat our clients and each other. We are looking for individuals who will fit into our company culture, we are not necessarily seeking the most experienced or well-trained person as these skills can be taught - but being just the right type of person with the right values to be apart of our amazing team.

  • We are a Family | At Radfield Home Care we care about all of our people, and believe passionately that by treating our carers as a trusted family we can empower them to treat our clients with the same warmth and respect.
  • We are Proud to Care | We're proud to stand out for the right reasons, to help each and every one of our employees reach their potential, and we're proud of the fact that at Radfield, we're always pushing for the very best.
  • We are on Your Side | We believe in looking after people and empowering them to live their own unique lives to the full. We understand, listen, and act as caring advocates, to uphold wishes and ensure wellbeing.

 

How Does Radfield Care for Carers?

Radfield Home Care is an award-winning company built on an outstanding reputation that provides care services to clients who wish to remain living in their own home, maintaining their independence, and quality of life.

As the first healthcare company in the UK to become an accredited B Corp, we are extremely proud of the work and services we deliver to our local communities. We do this by caring for our Carers.

Radfield Home Care has created its own core values that are at the heart of what we do each and every day. Our Caring for our Carers pledge also ensures we improve the conditions for hard working care staff, enabling carers to do a good job.

B Corp allows Radfield Home Care to demonstrate our commitment to our people and to our planet in a transparent and clear way by creating value for society, not just shareholders.

Job Title:

Care Assistant.

Location:

Harrogate.

Reporting to:

Care Manager.

Salary:

Weekday £8.75ph, weekend £9.00ph.

*Additional pay of £1.33 between every care call as a travel pay allowance.

*Tax-free mileage payments.

Hours:

Part-time (16 - 20 Hours) and Full-time positions available.

Requirements:

Driving licence and use of own car
Able to work every other weekend
Hold a current or willing to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Job Purpose:

To provide domiciliary care to clients.

Application Deadline:

30st June 2018.

 

Submit My Application

Havering Home Care Assistant Jobs

The job description for a Care Assistant - Harrogate, Wetherby & North Yorkshire at Radfield Home Care is outlined below.

Our Home Care Assistants work with elderly people who live in their own homes and may need just a small amount of support e.g. help with shopping or companionship through to care visits with one or two carers several times per day.

Your care duties for each individual client will be clearly stated in their Care Plan and may vary depending on the client needs, time of day of the visit etc. Occasionally other care duties may arise that aren’t included below and you will need to be able to adapt easily to take on these different duties if asked.

There are certain qualities that we expect all our carers to have and bring to their day-to-day work and we have outlined these below.

 

What We offer

  • Premium hourly rates and additional mileage pay,
  • 5.6 weeks' paid holiday per annum,
  • Access to first class induction training and a commitment to continuous learning, development, and support.
  • Workplace Pension Scheme and sick pay scheme.
  • Free uniform.
  • Monthly data allowance.
  • Star of the month rewards.
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the local communities of Harrogate, Wetherby & North Yorkshire.
  • Opportunity to be part of the respected, trusted and high-quality Radfield home care brand and a chance to be part of a values-based family business.

 

Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications

Required:

The main skills and qualities that we look for in our Home Care Assistants are:

  • A good communicator.
  • An active team player but also able to work on your own initiative.
  • Caring, patient, sensitive and committed to helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable people.
  • Self-motivated, organised and flexible.
  • Mentally able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work.
  • Physically able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work which involves bending, lifting, stretching, kneeling, crouching, getting up and down stairs & manual dexterity.

 

Desired:

The main skills and qualities that we look for in our Home Care Assistants are:

  • Previous experience in the care profession and qualifications are desirable attributes but not essential
  • Some experienced carers will participate in the on-call rota and undertake shadowing training with new carers. These additional responsibilities are optional and are remunerated at an enhanced rate of pay.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • To share with other staff in meeting the personal care needs of our clients in a way that respects their dignity and promotes independence. The nature of care we expect you to provide is similar to that given by members of our clients own family and will not involve tasks that a trained nurse would normally provide.
  • Providing personal care to clients.
  • To help clients with mobility problems and other physical disabilities including incontinence and to use and look after aids and personal equipment.
  • To provide our clients with companionship care when required.
  • To care for clients who are temporarily sick and may need assistance with minor dressings, bed nursing, help with feeding, toileting etc.
  • To help provide end of life care.
  • To help promote the mental and physical wellbeing of our clients by talking to them, taking them out, reading and writing and helping them to participate in their hobbies and recreations.
  • To undertake light household tasks for example, making and changing beds, tidying rooms, light cleaning such as dusting and vacuuming and emptying commodes.
  • To assist with the washing and ironing of clothes if requested.
  • To prepare and serve meals; assist clients with eating and drinking; wash up, tidy and clean the kitchen and dining area.
  • To greet visitors and answer the telephone as needed whilst at the client's home.
  • To read and write reports, and take part in staff and clients meetings and training activities as directed.
  • To maintain the highest standards of hygiene at all times and use personal protective equipment provided
  • Report any illness to the office so that correct infection prevention and control procedures can be followed.
  • To comply with the agency's guidelines and policies at all times.
  • To report to the office any significant changes in the health or circumstances of a client.
  • To encourage clients to remain as independent as possible.
  • To report to the office immediately any events or situations that may pose a risk to our clients, their relatives or staff members. For example a faulty piece of equipment or broken step in a client's home.
  • To help promote the agency with marketing which may include leafleting.
  • To come into the office at least once a week to collect and bring in client paperwork and to collect your rota and client information.
  • To perform such other duties as may reasonably be required.

 

Obligations

All staff is required to adhere to the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers and respect the confidentiality of all matters that they might learn in the course of their employment. All staff is expected to comply with requirements under the Data Protection Act 1998.

All staff must be familiar with Radfield Home Care Ltd’s health and safety policies and procedures and ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 of which we can provide copies if needed.

Submit My Application

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:30

Jonathan Nutting - Director

 

Jonathan Nutting - Director

Jonathan, Matthew’s father and co-owner of Radfield Home Care Harrogate, Wetherby and North Yorkshire has extensive finance experience in many sectors, having worked to Finance Director level in a number of businesses. However, it was family circumstances that made him acutely aware of the need for high-quality home care to be delivered in the best possible, professional manner, with the client's needs at the centre of all care provision.

Jonathan and Matthew share the same values and vision of the way to run and manage their home care business. Together they have established a successful, respected and recognised home care service in the Harrogate and surrounding areas, with a reputation for offering the best person centred care for older people and excellent employment opportunities.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:25

Matthew Nutting - Director

 

Matthew Nutting - Director

Matthew holds a vast amount of experience in the care sector. After qualifying in 2012 as an Occupational Therapist, he has worked in a variety of community based roles in both the NHS and private sector and more recently has been the manager of Harrogate and Ripon’s community nursing and therapy teams.

Not only is Matthew a health care professional, but he is also a proud husband of a registered nurse. Health care is their family business, and Matthew is not only passionate about providing quality client centred care, but also dedicated to providing a market leading workplace for carers.

Matthew has always been committed and passionate about providing high quality care to individuals, however he is always keen to look at new ways of enhancing and enriching people’s lives and creating memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“A particularly fond memory of mine is about 10 years ago, when I was caring for children and adults with complex learning and physical disabilities. We went for a trek through the woods to the local mud pit for a ‘bath’. What a fantastic experience for our clients, with fun memories they will hold forever!

Over Matthew’s many years of experience, he has never lost this attitude. Providing fun and fulfilling activities for older and more vulnerable people can be quite difficult at times, but he’s always up for the challenge.

“Even having a cup of coffee and good ‘natter’ in the sunshine with a client who rarely ventures outside, can really brighten their day!”

Sunday, 20 May 2018 12:21

Mary’s Story, Comprehensive Care

radfield case study mary 

Mary is aged sixty-five and quite a character! Her daughter, Susan, contacted us as Mary had become unhappy with her previous care provider and was looking for a new team.

Mary was married at age twenty-five and was a full-time housewife until her husband was tragically killed in a car crash, only ten years later. Left with three young children to raise and support, Mary found employment for the first time at a local estate agent office, answering phone calls. Over time, her hard work and entertaining personality saw her progress to sales and eventually she became the top sales performer in her branch – she puts this down to her experience of dealing with children’s tantrums and of her unflappable sense of humour.

Mary says that although the tragedy of losing her husband, Colin, at such a young age was difficult, she believes it made her the person she is and made her able to cope with anything.

Her resilient spirit was again tested, when at the age of forty-eight she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She said that she had been suffering with hand tremors for over a year but attributed this to drinking too much coffee. However, when it began to get gradually worse, her doctor ran tests and confirmed that she had the degenerative disease.

At first, Mary said, she found it difficult to accept the news and tried to deny it. Her children were all away at university and she was looking forward to taking over the estate agency as her own. After a period of adjustment, Mary decided to face the disease and ‘do the best’ that she could with it.

As the Parkinson’s progressed, she introduced care with her previous agency and had visits twice a day to help with housework, meals and dressing. After having issues with a few missed appointments, Mary was not keen to either tolerate or build a relationship with an unreliable service.

Her daughter, Sarah, contacted our care manager Hayley at Radfield, after being recommended from a friend whose mother had been cared for by us. We arranged a visit to meet and discuss requirements.

Mary was very direct with her needs and insisted that whoever should attend to her be positive with a strong sense of humour, and that ‘they better be able to cook’. After discussion, we agreed a care plan based on full daytime coverage.

We use three different carers to cover Mary’s care needs, so that she can have consistent care with the same people - allowing for sickness and holidays. We always ensure that our carers are suitably matched and took great care to select three people who all had the right personality (and who could cook!). Kyle, Jenny and Linda have all formed a great connection with Mary and love to talk to her, and hear about her life.

Jenny begins care at 6am by arriving to help Mary wake up and get out of bed with a cup of tea. Jenny attends to her washing and personal care and helps her to dress, and apply make-up - all before breakfast. They always sit down to breakfast together and Mary likes to read out the news from the paper over porridge and eggs.

Most mornings involve physio work and Jenny also arranges shopping deliveries and plans the meals for the day. After lunch, quite often Jenny will take Mary out either for a drive to visit friends or to the park in her wheelchair. Any medical appointments that Mary has, Jenny attends with her and will take Mary anywhere else she wants to go.

Mid-afternoon, Jenny will go home and Linda takes over. She cooks the evening meal and then helps with any housework needed. They sit and watch television together or chat and play cards. Linda will help Mary with any personal care before bed and then get her settled into bed for the night before leaving.

Mary has an emergency call button for during the night but usually sleeps through and is confident on her own.

Mary has formed a real bond with Jenny, Linda and Kyle and uses her sense of humour to get through the intimate personal care moments with her team. Kyle says that she has him in stitches and that he loves to work with her.

So far, there have been no complaints about their cooking!

If you, or a family member is suffering with a condition or disease such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone or Multiple Sclerosis we can help you to care for them at home with a home care solution. Contact our experienced care managers to discuss your needs and see how we can help.


First steps

  1. What sort of care do I need? - an overview of our services…
  2. Creating a care plan so you know what to expect during a home visit…
  3. Why should you choose Radfield Home Care? and why we stand out…
  4. Contact your local office by phone, or arrange a callback, here

radfield case study charles 

Charles’s daughter, Sarah, contacted us after becoming concerned that her mother June was finding it increasingly difficult to manage her father’s behaviour. She was unsure what to do and in the first instance was looking for advice and options.

Charles is 78 and had been a lawyer with a sharp and active mind. He started noticing memory lapses in his early 70s and three years ago, when they contacted us, these had progressed to forgetting faces, names, telephone numbers, appointments and word recall. The increasing frustration that Charles was experiencing was causing him to show distress at times.

Sarah lives an hour’s drive from her parents and like her father is a lawyer with a demanding and time-consuming job. Trying to find time to support her mother with Charles’s cognitive decline was difficult for her and she could see that her mother was becoming more exhausted trying to care for her husband.

June had been managing Charles’s forgetfulness with post-it note reminders around the house and prompting his memory lapses. Things became more difficult when June had a fall and was left housebound for a few weeks as her sprained ankle recovered. During this time, as Charles was required to take more responsibility, she noticed a decline in his ability to complete simple tasks, such as making a cup of tea. Sarah had been making the drive to her parents after work several times a week to help her mother but this was not something she could continue on a long-term basis with the responsibility she had at work.

There were two incidents that prompted Sarah and her mother June to agree that additional help was needed:

June had been to her reading group in the afternoon and when she returned home she found that Charles was watching TV at full volume in the living room. In the kitchen, a pan of soup on the stove was burnt dry and blackened. A kitchen towel was left close to the gas ring and she was relieved that it hadn’t caught on fire.

A few weeks later, she answered the door to find Charles stood there with a neighbour. The neighbour explained that he had found Charles sitting on a bench in the park and upon approaching him, Charles had said he didn’t know where he lived and was lost. Fortunately, the neighbour was able to bring him home.

June realised that Charles now could not be left alone and that she needed help with his care. Although they had no idea of options available, June and Sarah agreed they wanted Charles to remain at home. Our care manager Hayley visited them at home to assess their needs and to discuss a care plan.

At first, we started with a daily visit as a respite for June and also extra hours during the week to help with housework and shopping. This gave her the ability to leave the house to see friends and to have some time to herself so that she could cope with the emotional demands of caring for her husband.

This arrangement worked well for the first year but then we needed to reassess, as one evening Charles tried to leave the house in the middle of the night. Fortunately, June managed to talk him back to bed. As he was getting up several times a night, this disturbed June’s sleep and she was exhausted, emotional and finding it more difficult to manage the days. She also had a fear of him wandering off and becoming lost.

At this point, we arranged for a nightly sleepover so that June could get a full night of undisturbed sleep and if she needed help in the middle of the night with Charles then she had support.

After this arrangement, June found it much easier to deal with caring for her husband and this resulted in Charles’s behaviour being both calmer and less erratic, as he must have been picking up on June’s emotions.

Charles still lives at home with his wife June and Sarah visits at weekends. They are all very grateful that they can continue living as a family after 40 years of marriage.

We have a plan to increase Charles’s care as it is needed and to offer June more assistance. She has two holidays booked this year so that she can have time to herself to recharge and we will provide 24-hour respite care whilst she is away.

As Charles knows his carers and is comfortable with them, there is no disruption when June needs to go away and June is also reassured knowing that if anything happened to her, that Charles has continuous care with people he trusts and also, is well looked after.

If you would like to talk to us about care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease then contact us and our experienced care managers will arrange to discuss your needs.


First steps

  1. What sort of care do I need? - an overview of our services…
  2. Creating a care plan so you know what to expect during a home visit…
  3. Why should you choose Radfield Home Care? and why we stand out…
  4. Contact your local office by phone, or arrange a callback, here

radfield case study graham 

We already knew Graham, as we had helped him to take care of his wife Julia. She had suffered from cancer and with our support he nursed her at home, where she died with her family at her bedside - as was her wishes. Graham has two sons, James lives in Australia and Scott lives in London and he usually only sees them once or twice a year as they are both busy with their careers and lives.

Graham and Julia had been married for over forty years and had a happy life together. After the intense emotion of facing cancer, to suddenly find himself living alone for the first time in his life was a difficult change that he had to accept and this was amplified by dealing with his grief.

Graham and his wife had always been very sociable together but after a year spent caring for his wife, he had become isolated from the community. His life had been centred around Julia and as the silence surrounded him, he realised that his confidence to pick up the phone had vanished.

The wake-up call for Graham was when he had a bout of flu and was unable to get out of bed for five days. A full recovery took him over two months and during that time he was beholden to home deliveries from the supermarket, with social contact limited to a few phone calls from James and Scott.

It was at this point, that he accepted that he needed help.

Graham contacted our office and spoke to Becky, the same care manager that had helped plan his wife’s care. He said that making that first call was the hardest thing he had ever done and only because he already knew Becky, did he go through with it.

Becky visited Graham at home and together they discussed his options, and agreed that he only needed a ‘light touch’ of care both to support his transition to a new time of his life and to plan for his future needs.

We made arrangements to visit twice a week, to cover housework and laundry, and to help teach Graham some cooking skills.

After six months, he was managing his grief and starting to rebuild his confidence, and he then decided to join a local baking group to be sociable. Although his cooking skills were limited, the new hobby grew and Graham began to make cakes and buns to sell for his local hospice, that had supported Julia in her illness.

The new-found purpose had an incredible uplift on Graham’s well-being and he gradually became accustomed to both the new chapter of his life and to managing his grief.

Graham and Becky have discussed options for the future and he says that just knowing he has the option of more help if it is needed, helps him to cope with growing older alone.

Graham admitted that his deepest fear after his wife was diagnosed with cancer was how he would cope on his own after she had gone and he felt unable to tell anyone how scared he was. He has told us that both Becky’s help and the visits he has every week from Karen, have been immeasurable in what they have done to help him deal with his grief and boost his confidence. He now sleeps better at night knowing that if he had an accident or if he was ill again, that he would have help on hand to deal with it and that he wouldn’t be a burden to his family.

Home care can start from only an hour a week visit to suit your needs. If you need a little extra help then call our care managers to discuss your needs and we can arrange a plan for you.


First steps

  1. What sort of care do I need? - an overview of our services…
  2. Creating a care plan so you know what to expect during a home visit…
  3. Why should you choose Radfield Home Care? and why we stand out…
  4. Contact your local office by phone, or arrange a call back, here

Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:36

Jane’s Story, Living With Arthritis

 radfield case study jane

Jane had worked as a university lecturer for thirty-five years and loved her job teaching French and Spanish languages. She had always been an active and independent person and travelled extensively during her summer breaks. Her favourite location was South America, particularly Argentina.

Jane was married for a few years in her thirties but never had a family and then, after her marriage ended, she devoted her time to teaching and volunteer work in Peru, Ecuador and Argentina during her summer breaks.

When she was in her forties she began to notice pain in her hands and in her thumb joints. Subsequently, Jane was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. At first, the pain and discomfort were minimal but it gradually increased over five years until she was on daily pain medication. As the condition spread to her knees, hips and back, at age fifty-five Jane had no alternative but to take early retirement due to the pain that made attending a lecture too difficult.

The change of leaving a career she loved was difficult, so Jane began to tutor languages at home part-time to keep herself mentally stimulated. She found that in the late afternoon her pain was manageable enough to enjoy one or two hours of teaching and this helped to supplement her pension.

Due to arthritis in her hands, Jane was finding it difficult to manage housework and especially changing duvet covers – as she couldn’t grip the sheets.

Although she had home deliveries of shopping, it was becoming a problem for her to bend down, lift and then unpack. She had several accidents in the kitchen, with dropped jars smashing on the floor and she found that she couldn’t pick up the shards of glass. Jane realised her dexterity was becoming severely limited and that it was degenerating.

Jane’s doctor recommended that it might be time to consider additional help and suggested Radfield, as a few doctors had used our home care service for hospital discharges.

Our care manager, Judith, helped Jane to put together a care plan and started with two visits a day.

Claire arrives in the morning to help Jane to dress. She can bathe herself at the moment but we are making arrangements for future care if her condition should deteriorate further. Any housework that needs doing, such as washing-up or putting dishes away, is done and once a week we do housework and laundry.

Claire then spends time helping Jane with her mobility exercises from her physiotherapist and these make a big difference, enabling her to have some freedom of movement in the afternoon. They also get out for a short walk in the local park around the corner. Claire attends the physiotherapy sessions with Jane so that she can discuss her care and get advice on what exercises she should do – this helps with the best treatment Jane can get.

Jane still has her tutoring for four days a week in the later afternoon and then eats late after her teaching has finished. She has said how continuing to work from home has helped to keep her sane and helps her to retain her passion for teaching languages.

In the early evening, after Jane has finished her teaching and eaten, Trisha arrives to clean up any dishes and to help her change into her night clothes – buttons and zips are a problem with the lack of dexterity in her hands.

Jane likes to read and can manage to take herself to bed after we leave.

In the absence of family, Jane has said how Radfield has become like a family to her and that she relies heavily on us to be there for her. She feels much more relieved to know that she always has that support available and is not alone to face the deterioration of her arthritis. Whatever happens, she knows that she will always have our support.

If you or a family member is suffering from arthritis we can help to support you with a home care solution. Contact us to discuss your needs and we can arrange for drop-in visits to full-time care as needed.


First steps

  1. What sort of care do I need? - an overview of our services…
  2. Creating a care plan so you know what to expect during a home visit…
  3. Why should you choose Radfield Home Care? and why we stand out…
  4. Contact your local office by phone, or arrange a call back, here

Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:02

Our Service Area

Care in your own home in Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon and surrounding areas

We can provide you with reliable, personalised, flexible care in your own home. Call us today on 01423 608 760 to arrange a home assessment at no charge to discuss your requirements and to answer any questions that you may have.

We are able to provide care to you in Harrogate, Wetherby, and surrounding North Yorkshire area which are detailed below. If your area is not listed please do still get in touch as we may be able to help.

Aldborough, Aldburgh, Aldfield, Arkendale, Arthington, Askwith, Bardsey, Beckwithshaw, Bedlam, Bewerley, Bickerton, Bilton, Birstwith, Bishop Monkton, Blubberhouses, Boroughbridge, Braythorn, Brearton, Burnt Yates, Burton Leonard, Calcutt, Castley, Collingham, Colsterdale, Coneythorpe, Cowthorpe, Dacre Banks, Darley, Dunkeswick, East Keswick, Eavestone, Elmet, Farnham, Farnley, Fewston, Flaxby, Follifoot, Galphay, Glasshouses, Goldsborough, Greenhow Hill, Grewelthorpe, Hampsthwaite, Harewood, Harrogate, Hartwith, Hay a Park, Healey, Heyshaw, High Harrogate, Hookstone Chase, Huby, Ilton, Ingmanthorpe, Kettlesing, Kettlesing Bottom, Killinghall, Kirby Hill, Kirk Deighton, Kirkby, Malzeard, Kirkby Overblow, Knaresborough, Langthorpe, Leathley, Linton, Little Ribston, Lofthouse, Low Harrogate, Low Laithe, Markington, Marton, Masham, Melmerby, Menwith Hill, Middlesmore, Milby, Minskip, Netherby, New Park, Nidd, Nidderdale, North Deighton, North Rington, North Stainley, North Yorkshire, Oatlands, Otley, Padside, Pannal, Pateley Bridge, Plompton, Pool in Wharfdale, Ramsgill, Ripley, Ripon, Risplith, Roecliff, Rossett Green, Rothwell, Sawley, Scotton, Scriven, Shadwell, Sharow, Shaw Mills, Sicklinghall, Skipton, Snape, South Stainley, Spofforth, Stainburn, Starbeck, Staveley, Stean, Summerbridge, Swinton, Thirn, Thornthwaite, Thorton Watlass, Timble, Town Head, Wath, Weardley, Weeton, Well, West Riding, West Tanfield, West Yorkshire, Weston, Wetherby, Wike, Winksley, Woodlands

 Harrogate Service Area

Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:02

The Story of our Branch

Father and son, Jonathan and Matthew Nutting, directors of Harrogate, Wetherby & North Yorkshire both hold vast experience in very different fields, however over the years their family have seen countless times, the amazing difference that quality home care can not only have on both individuals and their family, but the devastating impact it can have when it goes wrong, or is badly done.

Matthew has worked in the care sector for many years. After working as a carer in both the UK and US, Matthew qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 and has worked in a variety of community-based roles in both the NHS and private sector and more recently has been the manager of Harrogate and Ripon’s community nursing and therapy teams.

Not only is Matthew committed to providing quality care, he is also dedicated to supporting individuals to enrich and enhance their lives in whatever way possible. Matthew comments, ”Providing care for someone is a serious business, but it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some fun at the same time.”

Jonathan has extensive experience in business, having worked to Finance Director level in a number of businesses, and fully understands the commitment needed to successfully manage and grow a business.

Matthew explains, “I’m not only passionate about providing high-quality client centred care, but I’m also dedicated to providing a market leading workplace for carers.”

Jonathan and Matthew opened their branch in Harrogate in May 2018, providing an exceptional care service in the Harrogate and surrounding areas, with a reputation for offering not only the best care but the best employment opportunities.

Jonathan and Matthew hope to welcome you as part of the Radfield family, whether as a client or carer very soon.

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Directors, Father & Son, Jonathan and Matthew Nutting.

jonathan and matthew nutting as a child

 

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