Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia affecting over half a million in the UK alone.
This is the most common form of dementia that we support with our live-in care professionals.
People with Alzheimer's will experience a variety of symptoms that differ from one patient to the next; which is why full time live-in home care services are so important. The direct attention and support given to individuals will be less disruptive for the customer and easier to build trust between the customer, the family and the carer. The fundamental benefits of live-in care at home will grant the patient and family continuity, giving the home a familiarity and routine that will remain as Alzheimer's symptoms progress.
How We Can Help with Alzheimer's Care
Our in home nursing-led carers provide guidance, support and constant care for Alzheimer's patients giving you peace of mind; knowing that your loved one is having direct care and attention in their own home. Here are some of the more typical symptoms for Alzheimer's disease and just how we can help:
- Decline in Memory – Carers can create memory boxes or scrap books with photographs and tokens to stimulate memories. They will always be on hand to reassure and prompt i.e. the taking of medications or feeding the cat.
- Social Withdrawal – The carer will be a constant companion, stimulating and engaging the customer. The carer will always be there to offer gentle encouragement and support when undertaking social activities.
- Orientation, Place and Time – As the disease progresses the more common it will be for the customer to find themselves unsure about the time, where they are, where they are supposed to be and what they need to do. A live-in carer will be able to gently steer them in the right direction, manage calendars and allay any fears that may arise from their confusion.
- Difficulty in completing basic tasks – Our carers offer complete home support and will undertake most household tasks, from making a sandwich and a cup of tea to ordering repeat medication subscriptions. They will also help with personal care if it is needed.
- Behaviour changes – The gradual loss of brain function in those affected by Alzheimer’s will start to affect physical actions and moods. The close 1-2-1 relationship that the carer and customer develop means that they will never be shocked or angered by changes in behaviour and will provide the care and support needed.
Alzheimer's Care at Home
It is important for those suffering with Alzheimer's to be able to stay in their own home. By moving a patient into unfamiliar surroundings and altering long standing routines you are only increasing stress, confusion and discomfort. There really is no place like home and by choosing one of our live-in carers your loved one will be in a place filled with memories, surrounded by personal treasures, photographs and a comforting routine.
Alzheimer's Care Plan
Care at home is consistent and usually works in blocks of six to eight weeks so that the carer can take a break, this allows for relationships to develop further in the household whilst our carer is on leave.
We will never alternate the carer as this can cause distress and breaks down the continuity and familiarity the customer will have.
However, a customer is never left without a carer, should a carer fall ill or have a family emergency, we guarantee to provide cover.
Peace of Mind for the Family
Here at Helping Hands our carers are trained specialists that understand the complexities of the disease.
We understand that it is a hard decision to entrust a stranger to care and support your loved one however, this will benefit you all as no drastic changes will be made to upset normality.
It is very important to take an active role and contribute all you can to the Alzheimer's care plan so that it suits your needs as well as the customers.
It is also important to try and gain some knowledge of Alzheimer's symptoms, this is after all caused by the change of chemistry and structure to the brain resulting in progressive degeneration. By understanding this and asking lots of questions you will be able to work alongside your carer with a clear mind, enjoying your time with your loved one.