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Blue Sky Enabling is a fully accredited preferred provider of high quality flexible live-in and person-centred services to adults of all ages living with impairments, and/or disabilities. More About Us »
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At Blue Sky Enabling we believe that it is important to support people whatever their age or capacity to continue living an active and engaged life of their own choosing in surroundings that are familiar to them.Read More
Blue Sky Enabling are able to offer our support services 24/7, 365 days a year, this way we are able to build on our Service Users' capacities, positive experiences and successful outcomes.Read More
It’s true that all Carers need a break, no matter who they are. Blue Sky Enabling offer a respite support service where we can offer a Carer a period of rest while they recuperate their energy.Read More
At Blue Sky Enabling we work to enable people with complex needs to live a life of their own choosing, in their own home, for the whole of their life, as included members of their community.
We are a fully accredited preferred provider of high quality flexible live-in and person-centered services to adults of all ages living with impairments, long-term or terminal issues.
What distinguishes Blue Sky Enabling is that we focus on each person’s capacity and sense of personal identity so that we can work with them to nurture those aspects of life that have most meaning to them. Working with a person on what matters most to them enables them to fully engage with life. Enabling is a way of working with someone that can bring moments of real happiness and joy.
The aim of good quality enabling support and domiciliary care must always be to promote a way of life for a person that permits them to enjoy, to the greatest possible extent, their rights as individual human beings.
More and more people are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are now over 500,000 people in the UK living with Alzheimer’s alone, and the numbers are increasing year on year. In the very early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia the impact of memory loss is manageable and people are able to continue their lives quite independently. As Alzheimer’s and dementia progress it begins to affect the person’s ability to engage in everyday activities. No longer knowing if you have done something or how to do something often results in great stress and anxiety, so that if asked the person will reply, ‘oh I’ve done that’, or ‘of course I can do that’, and quietly the person does less and less.
At Blue Sky Enabling we have worked with many people with different forms of progressive dementias so they are able to participate in activities and re-discover the joys of life despite their diminishing mental capacity.
“J couldn’t have had a better life or been better taken care of.” Mr A
MS is a neurological condition with no known cause and no cure. It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 and so people with MS are often living with the condition for most of their adult lives. Around 85 % of people with MS have relapsing remitting MS where in the early stages they experience distinct decline in capacity followed by a full or partial recovery. 15% of people diagnosed with MS have a progressive form of the condition without remissions. In most cases, the symptoms of MS gradually get worse over time so that older people have a sustained build-up of disability, variously affecting their mobility, balance, dizziness, sight, memory, fatigue, bladder problems and stiffness and/or spasms.
At Blue Sky Enabling we have experience of working with people with MS so that they are able to continue living full and active lives.
“MS has affected every aspect of my life. For years I kept it at bay but now it has progressed, it’s awful, very frustrating.” Mrs T “We now have an excellent team of carers and we couldn’t cope without them.” Mr T
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that over time increasingly affects sufferers’ motor functions including movement, balance, breathing and heart function. Parkinson’s disease most often occurs after the age of 50, affecting 50% more men than women. Although it is generally considered a condition of the elderly, between 5-10% of cases are ‘early onset’ cases. There is no cure but the condition progresses at different rates for different people. In the early stages the symptoms can be managed with medication so that the symptoms only become more problematic in the later stages of the disease, where complications can lead to difficulty swallowing, chocking, pneumonia and frequent falls. Whilst dementia doesn’t affect everyone with Parkinson’s disease, it is more common in people with the condition than those without. The two forms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease are Parkinson’s dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.
At Blue Sky Enabling we support people and their families from the time of diagnosis, providing respite support for primary carers to more significant packages of care in the latter stages of the condition.
As people get older they become more prone to experiencing unpredictable and unexpected falls. There are many risk factors and potentially negative effects of falls by the elderly, including physical harm (bruising, fractures, dehydration, pneumonia etc.) and reduced mobility. These in turn can result in loss of confidence, fear, mild depression and sudden restriction of lifestyle. As fractures in the elderly take longer to heal, a short stay in hospital is often followed by a much longer stay in a rehabilitation unit until the hospital is satisfied the person is able to return home safely.
At Blue Sky Enabling we work collaboratively with physiologists and occupational therapists to enable people to return home quickly from hospital where we actively help them continue their rehabilitation programme on a daily basis whilst living safely and comfortably in their own home.
“I couldn’t have anyone kinder or better looking after me, they are excellent.” Mrs H
As people get older they are increasingly likely to experience some form of sensory loss. Around 40% of people over the age of 60 will experience either hearing loss or sight loss with 10% of the population experiencing a degree of both hearing and sight loss. Nearly twice as many women are affected by age-related macular degeneration, the most common form of vision impairment, than men. Once people reach the age of 80+ progressive hearing and/or sight difficulties makes it hard for them to maintain links with their community as they are unable to hear what people are saying, especially in group settings, or are unable to identify people or navigate community spaces, resulting in a sense of isolation. People who experience age-related sensory loss frequently report feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and a sense of helplessness, bereavement and anger, with rates of depressions at least twice as high than in the general population.
At Blue Sky Enabling staff are trained as sighted guides and to use total communication techniques so that we can enable people with sensory loss to access and maintain contact with their community.
At Blue Sky Enabling we specialise in working with people with complex needs to enable them to live lives of their own choosing for the whole of their lives. We are able to support people with the following: