The Dementia Home Care service, (provided by live-in carers trained by us), is personalised to each client:
So that the self-employed carers provide help with all aspects of personal care
They will facilitate communication with friends and social intercourse, encouraging social activities, e.g. visiting family/friends, walks, cinema/theatre, dining out, going off for a drive to local places of interest, discussing newspaper articles, etc.
Monitoring progress and recording notes on daily record sheets each day, so you and the carer can chart progress in certain areas.
The carers will liaise with families or/and friends to provide a consistent approach that meets the individual needs of each service user.
Unfortunately, this disease, at present, is progressive; brain neurons die, mental processes are altered, which causes a person to lose cherished life memories.
Depending on the type and stage of dementia, they will often have subtle or severe personality changes, disorientation and a reduced ability to make reasoned judgments affecting day to day function.
It is important to have a controlled and constantly-monitored diet; otherwise severe malnutrition may result. That is one of the advantages of having the 24/7 companionship of a live-in carer. It is recommended that a high calorie or protein diet is followed as eating can sometimes be erratic.
It is important to have a good nutrition assessment in place to avoid other health problems occurring.
Our self-employed living-in carers are trained to recognise the different stages of the different types of dementia conditions and to provide the best Live in Care Dementia service possible. Our management have nearly 40 years’ experience in this distressing illness.
Among the many different types of dementia support we have provided have been with those people affected by Vascular Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Picks or Frontal Temporal Dementia and Lewy Body Dementia.
Dementia is caused by over 100 different diseases of the brain. The person may suffer from memory loss, along with mood, personality and other changes in behaviour. Clients with dementia sometimes also have other medical conditions, or develop them during the course of their illness.
We have a dedicated Dementia Home Care team. Some of our admin staff are volunteers who help people understand what it’s like to live with dementia, encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information and ideas on how they can provide better care for dementia patients at home.
We know that those living with dementia will maintain good relationships with partners and friends and often still enjoy their hobbies. They benefit from the 24 hour presence of a live-in carer who can take them out to places of worship, community events, garden centres, or even a walk down the street.
Our dementia-trained home carers provide full time care and companionship, whilst they are living in their homes with them; and are trained to build a supportive relationship over a number of weeks. People still need to feel human love and affection. Our carers are taught to be patient and to offer reassurance and encourage a sense of security. Unfortunately, sometimes those living with Dementia may not be able to express this need clearly. They may ask for certain things, but mean something else, especially with regard to emotional needs.
The carer may use some form of visual reminders, like an Activity Planner wallchart, to reinforce key activities throughout the day. They may also collate historical information, from discussions with the person they are caring for, to construct a Life Story. This Life Story will enable the care worker to engage the person with meaningful conversations involving people from past situations and events.