Decisions about an individuals care with any illness, injury, disability, condition or disease is often left to families, trusted persons and/or Health Care Providers. There are several challenges with this common approach to care:-

  1. A family member and/or trusted person may have no experience of the care system or understanding of what the best provision of care may be.
  2. A family member and/or trusted person is often emotionally challenged due to personal attachment with the individual requiring care. 
  3. A Health Care Provider is part of the care system but has little or no knowledge of the individual requiring care.
  4. An individual with cognitive impairment trying to make decisions for themselves but finding this challenging.

Entering the care system can be seen as disempowering, having decisions made by others, whether loved ones or trusted persons can negatively impact on an individual's wellbeing and could potentially progress some diseases.

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Our Solution

Examples of how Preparing4Care can revolutionise an individual’s care: -

  1. If an individual reduces food intake or stops eating all together then the Health Care Provider may access the 'food section' of their Preparing4care Personal Reference Guide. This will help the Health Care Provider make simple changes that may resolve the issue. 
  2. Some people do not like a television in the bedroom, this would be stated within the 'entertainment section' of their Personal Reference Guide. This information can be accessed by a Health Care Provider who can make the necessary adjustments to the bedroom environment.  Making this simple change may reduce frustration, agitation or even aggression from the individual concerned. 

Preparing4Care provides families and/or trusted persons, Health Care Providers and individual's with a Personal Reference Guide for tailored care built on facts rather than assumptions. 

Our Solution
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1. Register & Get Started

To begin the Preparing4Care process you will be asked to provide your name, e-mail address and postcode. This information is secure and will not be shared with others.  An e-mail containing your log-in details will then be sent to the email address provided. You are then just one click away from building your Preparing4Care Personal Reference Guide.

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2. Build Your Personal Reference Guide.

Answer the questions and build your Personal Reference Guide. You have the ability to answer the questions over a period of time, your responses will be stored within the site. If you choose to answer all the questions at once then the average time to complete is around 2 hours. 

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3. Grant Family Members and/or Trusted Persons Access.

Designated family members and/or trusted persons can grant a future Health Care Provider access to your Personal Reference Guide, should you lose the ability to grant permission yourself. They will also be able to include additional information to your responses, but will not be able change your original answers.

 

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4. Receive Care Tailored To You

Health Care Providers have a responsibility to deliver the highest quality of care possible. Preparing4Care helps them do this by providing an encyclopedia of your wishes.  Your future care can then be tailored around your preferences and wishes which form part of your everyday life.  For example, if you stopped drinking your Health Care Provider could refer to your Personal Reference Guide to establish if you have a favourite drink, in a particular cup, perhaps served at a specific time of the day. Changes can then be made to your care based on the answers that you have provided.  

There are many ways in which Preparing4Care can help Health Care Providers meet your wishes and give you the quality of life that you want.

Your role as a family member, LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) or trusted person, is one of the most privileged positions a person who may need future care can give.  Your friend or loved one has given you authority to be able to grant their future Health Care Provider access to the Personal Reference Guide that they have completed.   You will also be able to add information should any of their wishes change. You will not be able to change the original answers, however, any updates will appear as additional comments.  Preparing4Care acts as an information hub where you will be able to access information on the latest research, industry news , products, services and a directory of Health Care Providers.  

The benefits for you include:-

  1. You will be able to grant Health Care Providers access to your loved ones Personal Reference Guide.
  2. You will be able to ensure that the care provided is tailored to your loved ones wishes.
  3. You will have a point of reference should important care decisions need to be made.
  4. You will be safe in the knowledge that your loved ones voice is being heard, even if they lose the ability to communicate for themselves.
  5. You have the option to receive our quarterly newsletter.
  6. You will have access to local and national information regarding Health Care Providers and related services.

Health Care Professionals must build their services around an individual’s needs. To achieve this, you will need to determine their likes, dislikes, wishes and preferences. The challenge, however, is that in most cases you only get to communicate with the individual at the time they actually need your care.  By then the Individual may lack the capacity to communicate effectively. You will then be reliant on either a family member, LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) or trusted person to provide this key information.  A number of factors, (including the emotional challenges these people may face) could make this information unreliable and against the wishes of the individual themselves. Preparing4care can bridge the gap between family members, the person requiring care and yourself.  The benefits for you include:-

  1. You will be able to ensure that the provision of care meets the wishes of the individual.
  2. You will be able to use the Preparing4Care Personal Reference Guide to help in discussions with families.
  3. You will be able to update (not change) information should the needs or wishes of the individual change.
  4. You will be able to ensure that foods, environment, entertainment etc. meets the wishes of the individual.
  5. You may be able to reduce costs associated with things such as food and drink, as wastage will be minimised.
  6. Preparing4Care helps you build bridges with families by easing some of the associated guilt when a loved one enters the care system.
  7. You will be able to help staff relate to the individual and build healthier relationships.
  8. Your team should be less stressed and staff retention rates may improve.
  9. You will be able to access further information about products and services related to the care industry.
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No-one is able to predict the future, Preparing4Care recognises that entering the care system will be one of biggest changes that could happen in life.  We encourage everybody to register for Preparing4Care to allow them to retain an element of control should their cognitive abilities decline. 

Not only will the Preparing4Care solution allow care to be built around you, it will also act as a central hub providing access to industry news, articles and information regarding care products and related services.

Preparing4Care is a truly unique service, with your support we firmly believe we can drive change within the care industry. 

You can register for your Preparing4Care Personal Reference Guide today by clicking the 'Register and Get Started’ button below.

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