Living with cerebral palsy

At CareMatch, we understand that cerebral palsy affects every sufferer differently, and whilst the symptoms can affect people of all ages, they tend to become first noticeable fairly early on in young children. We understand that living with cerebral palsy can massively affect a Care Receiver’s life and the lives of the people around them, and that younger people have very different needs, depending on their condition, their age and their personality. At CareMatch, our aim is to bring our younger Care Receivers high-quality care in a way that assists them with the transition to living as independently as possible, and nurtures them to embrace life in whatever ways they can. In some cases, cerebral palsy can inhibit sufferers from being able to carry out day to day activities, and this can also have an impact on their mental health. Our trained Carer Members have specialist experience in looking after Care Receivers with cerebral palsy. We know that the help they provide must be tailored specifically to a Care Receiver’s needs, and we are able to offer specialised help and support.

Many individuals with cerebral palsy can continue living at home and feel more comfortable doing so, because they’re not separated from family, friends and their familiar surroundings. Adapting to life with cerebral palsy can be challenging, particularly if it deteriorates over time and Care Receivers gradually lose their mobility and the physical capacity to do things for themselves.

At CareMatch, we know that sufferers of cerebral palsy may also have difficulty with speech and communication and struggle to effectively communicate with those around them, especially if they are young. We are here to offer them and those around them the necessary support. It can be hugely beneficial to Care Receivers with cerebral palsy to have a familiar face around the house, who is there to provide reassurance and companionship as well as physical care and mobility assistance. Our highly-skilled Carer Members can help with easing physical symptoms, and offer high quality care at home, including end of life care where necessary, so that the Care Receiver experiences the most comfortable care journey possible.

If you are the regular care giver for someone with cerebral palsy, we understand that it is easy to feel stressed, overwhelmed and alone. At CareMatch, our team of experienced Carer Members are on hand to offer help and support, so that you don’t feel you are caring for someone by yourself, and the Care Receiver can have the best care journey possible.

What does cerebral palsy care include?

It totally depends on a client’s symptoms. These are some of the things that our highly experienced Carer Members can help with.

  • Help with administering medication if necessary
  • Low-support medical care
  • Personal care, such as help with getting dressed, going to the toilet, having a bath or eating a meal if necessary, especially if the Care Receiver has trouble swallowing
  • Assistance with communicating, especially if the care receiver has trouble with speech, sigh and hearing
  • Mobility support and physical assistance - At CareMatch, we strive to enable our young Care Receiver’s to engage with as much physical and creative activity as possible, so this might include encouragement with physical activities they are capable of. We aim to help them with the transition to living as independently as possible as they get older
  • Mental support
  • Help with household tasks, such as the laundry, cooking meals or walking the dog
  • Running essential errands, for example collecting your medication or doing a food shop
  • Companionship - Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. It's important for Care Receivers with cerebral palsy to have a friendly face around the house who is there for a cup of tea and a chat as well as to offer more physical support
  • Overnight Care - If Care Receivers with cerebral palsy wake up in the night, they can be confused and anxious (especially if they suffer from seizures) and unable to get out of bed on their own. Our Carer Members are on hand to offer help and reassurance during the night to ensure a Care Receiver’s safety and alleviate any anxieties or discomfort
  • Respite Care - If you are a Care Receiver’s regular care giver, and you need some extra support or some time off, our team of Carer Members can step in and help and give you the peace of mind knowing that your Care Receiver is receiving the high quality of care they are used to

Our specialist Carer Members have the necessary training and experience in working with Care Receivers with cerebral palsy to ensure a high-quality care service that is tailored to them and their needs specifically. At CareMatch, we know that every moment counts, and we strive to enable our Care Receivers to live as independently as possible, at home for as long as they can.

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