Specialised Nursing

A wide range of specialist nursing care covering long standing and often complex conditions.

SD Care offers specialised, person-centred nursing care and support to clients in their own homes and in clinical settings such as nursing care homes and rehabilitation centres. We have a talented pool of skilled and experienced professionals comprising care workers, health care assistants and pain relief therapists.

We have helped look after many clients with diverse and complex needs with dignified and compassionate care.

They are always thorough, reliable

“I have found the SD Care team & Field Supervisor to be extremely professional and very caring. They are always thorough, reliable and very good at visiting my parents at regular consistent times of the day. The Field Manager has taken a lot of time to get equipment and Social Services to provide necessary extra time for my Mum’s care in particular. The Field Supervisor was very supportive and calming to me on the morning of my Mother’s death a couple of weeks ago.

SD Care are excellent at communicating any needs or concerns and keep me updated regularly on my parents conditions. Even though my Dad is now alone at home I feel reassured that he is in excellent hands with SD Care. I would highly recommend SD Care to anyone in need of carers, they have taken away the worry and stress of having very elderly parents living in their own home and cannot thank them all enough for everything they have done & continue to do…”

James P

Palliative and End of Life Care

“After all these years, ‘On Death and Dying’ remains a call to action to listen to the people who need our help and respond with all the knowledge and skill we can bring to bear – always with humility, fellowship and compassion.”

Professor Ira Byock in his Forward, ‘On Death and Dying’ by Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Death is a journey that none of us would choose but all of us must eventually travel.

At SD, we help our clients in this journey by providing truly person-centered care by listening to them in a spirit of fellowship and service. We encourage our clients to live every moment of their life as much as possible until their very last breath. This is because we believe that everyone has the right to be cared for with respect, dignity and compassion.

Our end-of-life care is designed to support people who are in the last hours, days, months, or years of their life.

Express our appreciation

“We write to express our appreciation of the professional care that Rhea provided to our friend, Pat. Whenever we visited Pat, we were given a warm welcome by Rhea and she was always prepared to sensitively update us with Pat’s frail condition. She gave supporting words to Pat and did her best to engage her with activities appropriate to her state- of- health. Her humour matched that of Pat’s. Rhea was always very professional and we noted that she kept careful notes of the actions she took and of Pat’s condition. Rhea’s concern for Pat was shown in many ways right up to the final hours when she was feeling breathless. Pat would have felt very comfortable in her presence in her latter days.”

John & Jane C

The term palliative care is often used interchangeably with end-of-life care. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines palliative care, “…as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual.” .

We have a team of highly dedicated nurses, health care assistants and pain relief therapists who are specially trained and experienced in meeting both the spirit and substance of this approach.

They will consider your wishes, likes and dislikes as they work with you on your care plan. They will also support your family, pets, well-wishers or other people who are important to you. You have the full right to express your wishes about how you would like to receive care and where and how you wish to spend your final hours.

You can receive end-of- life care or palliative care at home, in care homes, hospices or hospitals, depending on your needs and preference.

Excellent care

“You may be interested to hear about an opinion of Eva’s doctor, who recently visited to check on Eva’s recent ear infection. Dr Denton commented on the excellent care that Eva was having. I would like to second that opinion. All our recent carers have treated E with consideration and good professional expertise. Especially, it was through the observation of Cornel and Marusia that Eva’s ear infection was first noted.”

William S

Dementia

We have experienced nurses and health care assistants who are specially trained to support people suffering from dementia and have years of experience handling complex and challenging mental health conditions. As part of care, we conduct regular risk assessments to gauge mental capacity and health.

A long‑term condition sometimes referred to as a “chronic condition” is one that generally lasts a year or longer and impacts a person’s life. Examples include dementia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, mental health conditions, and stroke.

We work closely together with GPs and other community health professionals in providing care for people with social care needs and multiple long‑term conditions to deliver safe, high‑quality services that promote independence, choice, and control. We actively support their participation in social and leisure activities considering their state-of-health, priorities, and preferences in our care plans. From our experience, this has had a positive impact on their quality of life and improves their mental state of health. Several authoritative studies have shown that people with long term conditions are significantly more at risk from suffering mental ill-health and depression.

He would be in good hands

“My father suffers from Huntington Disease and his speech has progressively become more and more impaired, to the point that I can hardly understand him. I was impressed to see how the office staff talked to him on the day of his first assessment. No other agency before has shown this kind of respect for him. I finally felt relieved to see he would be in good hands.”

Kevin W

I am very happy with them

“Since I was a child, my learning disabilities have always represented a challenge and now that I am an old lady, I still struggle with the simplest tasks of my daily routine. This is why my carers are so essential to me. They don’t only help me a lot but they also teach me to help myself. I am very happy with them because they never patronise me, but always involve me in the planning of my care.”

Sheila S

Mental Health

“If there is any truth – and I suspect there is – to the idea that many of us are, in fact, busy drowning while everyone around us seems happily splashing about, then what are we drowning in? What is causing people to ‘drown’ or to desperately tread water, all the while praying for rescue? What might be wrong with our world?”

Not waving but drowning: Are we leading lives of quiet despair?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and act. Many people suffer from mental health problems caused by various reasons including biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry, life experiences, such as trauma or abuse and a family history of mental health problems. One of the most common problems is dementia which affects memory. Normally, dementia occurs because of the death of brain cells or damage to parts of the brain that deal with our thought processes. Some forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, can be degenerative and may get worse with time.

We have experienced nurses and health care assistants who are specially trained to support people suffering from dementia. We have successfully handled many complex and challenging mental health cases. This has never been easy but by treating each case as unique and clients with patience, understanding, compassion and dignity has always been key to our success. We conduct regular mental health risk assessments to gauge mental capacity and depression.

My amazing carers

“I have always considered myself a strong, healthy woman. Unfortunately, though, old age and depression have finally started to take a toll, leaving me shattered and crying over myself all the time. Thankfully my amazing carers noticed something major was wrong with me and called for a prompt medical intervention. I don’t know where I would be today without them.”

Mollie D

I don’t have to worry anymore

“My carers are much more than health care assistants to me, they are my eyes, my legs, my arms and my ears. Due to my deteriorating mental health, I used to be forgetful and tended to feel lost and disorientated all the time. Thanks to SD Care, I don’t have to worry anymore about my physical well-being, they do everything for me! All I have to do is focus on my recovery and on finding some peace of mind.”

James B

We also provide staff to nursing homes specialising in mental health care services such as Crest Lodge Nursing Home and Langham Court in Hindhead. Both institutions offer treatment and care for clients who suffer from diverse and long-standing mental health problems caused by physical ill-health or frailty.

Helpful and professional

“I have known and worked with SD Care since 2013. I have always found the team very helpful and professional. They have always found us care staff at short notice which can be a challenge. I would highly recommend SD Care for providing good quality care staff for nursing homes. Whenever I call them there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.”

Julie D

Pain Relief and Management

Pain and suffering are recurring themes in the treatment of long-term conditions. For most long-term conditions, the treatment options are limited to drugs and medication with their associated risks of dependency high on the list.

The first-ever NICE guideline on chronic pain has said that GPs should not prescribe opioids to patients with chronic pain because they could be ‘harmful’. Instead GPs should consider alternatives such as certain anti-depressants, an exercise programme, CBT or acupuncture.
“GPs should not prescribe opioids for chronic pain, says NICE” Pulse, 3 August 2020

Through our subsidiary company, Omnia, we can offer alternatives by providing a holistic approach to pain relief and management. Our treatments include Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Photobiomodulation, Osteopathy, Manual Therapy and Compression Therapy. We also offer individually tailored exercise programmes such as Taichi, Qigong and Yoga for our clients. All our treatments are designed to be offered in the comfort of your home or in our Guildford centre.

I am already so much better

“I am already so much better than I was in hospital but still have a long way to go. I think your doctors will be able to help me so much and I am deeply grateful. I felt in very good hands today and am so hopeful that my health will improve and that I can return to life as normal. Your centre is wonderful and I will definitely be recommending it to my students. I am also on a Lyme Disease and ME Facebook support site which I think would be a great place to recommend your treatments.”

Rebecca W

Reablement and Rehabilitation

We provide nurses, health care assistants and pain relief therapists to nursing care homes and specialist rehabilitation centres to support their residents in recovery and rehabilitation.

Fit in well with our team

“We have had the pleasure of working with SD Care for over 5 years as our preferred provider of care and nursing staff. What impresses us the most is their ability to respond to our ever-fluctuating needs for staff regularly and at a moment’s notice. There is always a two-way conversation and willingness to resolve any concerns and the SD staff always are happy to come to work and fit in well with our team. We have always found SD professional, respectful and hope to continue their services for many years to come.”

Louise T

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