care at home
KPS may be able to help and advise you on how you arrange care at home including; an assessment to Social Services for adaptations to your home, (this maybe a; wet room, stairlift, handrails and other adaptations to assist your disabled needs) and what you are entitled to. This is including; suitable care agencies to provide 'Personal' and 'Domestic' Care. Alternatively, speak to the HIV Specialist Link Social Worker based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital's HIV clinic services at the Hub who can also give you information, advice and guidance.
Naturally, we are aware, coming to terms with needing extra support and care at home may be a difficult subject to face, however, we feel it important to include this important information and resource to help those who need advise at an extremely difficult time.
It is important to remember, that applying for care services, if you are HIV-positive, the disclosure of your HIV status is on a 'need to know basis'. Naturally, the person assessing your needs need to know your status for you to receive the care package and/or adaptations you need. However, apart from those who are actually giving 'Personal Care', or those decision-makers rejecting or agreeing your application for help, NOONE else needs to know about your actual health condition (HIV Status). Example; cleaners, maintenance workers and builders who are going to carrying out work in your home. Currently, the National AIDS Trust (NAT) is compiling a recommendation of 'Good Practice' for this subject, particularly, regarding Funeral Directors, which can be found by clicking on 'End of life care' button adjacent and the recommendations and guidelines organisations such as: care agencies and funeral directors should follow concerning HIV/AIDS. NAT has been concerned about the increased need for a revision of HIV Awareness, and the ignorance, fear, stigma and discrimination that still prevails in the UK in 2014. Below we have a recommendation of one particular care agency that has supported people with HIV.
Cornwall Care covers the whole of the county.
Kernow Positive Support - The Piran Room
Duty KPS Support Worker
Monday to Friday : 9.30am - 4.30pm
For further details telephone 01872 255044 or direct on 01872 258453.
HIV Specialist Link Social Worker:
Ms Sheila O'Leary (Specialising in HIV/AIDS)
Tuesdays & Friday: 9am - Mid-day
For further details telephone 01872 255044 or direct on 01872 258454.