What is the Best Type of Care for Dementia Patients?
We all want the best for our loved ones, especially if they are living with a complex condition like dementia. It can be challenging, but different types of dementia care are available, enabling individuals to live an independent and active lifestyle.
It’s not always easy deciding the best type of care for those living with dementia. We understand that needs and requirements change due to the progressive condition and not everyone can look after their loved one. To help, here are care options you can consider.
Setting up your own care team
If you have friends and family members who are willing to look after your loved one, accept it. You can set up your own care team and arrange care based on their availability. Put a rota together and go from there.
Caregiving is rewarding and overwhelming; however, getting help from friends and family can benefit your loved one and help you share the responsibility. Even if it’s to pop in for a cup of tea once a week to keep them company while you tend to do errands or simply have a nap, it can make a real difference. Also, seeing familiar faces can boost your loved one’s emotional well-being.
Private home care provider
Remaining at home is usually the best place for those living with dementia. At Helping Hands, we provide care at home so your loved one can stay in the comfort of their own home. Our carers will come to your doorstep and provide the care needed to help your loved one in their day-to-day lives. From getting dressed in the morning to preparing nutritious meals, it’s no surprise that care at home is becoming popular among families across the UK.
What is Dementia Home Care?
Dementia home care is receiving care in the comfort of your own home rather than in a hospital or a residential care home.
In the early stages of dementia, the NHS states, “Many people are able to live at home and enjoy life in the same way as before their diagnosis.” “But as the illness gets worse, it is likely that you will find it more difficult to look after yourself at home.” This is where dementia home care can provide you with the support you or your loved one requires.
What are the Benefits of Home Care for Dementia Patients
Remain in a familiar environment
Being in a familiar place can significantly impact an individual’s well-being. People living with dementia can experience memory loss and being in a familiar environment can help with this, which is why home is the best place to be.
Home is more than just a building made of bricks. It’s a place that makes you feel calm and where special memories are made. If it’s a place that your loved one has lived for a long time and enjoys staying, it is a reason for them to remain there. Ultimately, it prevents individuals from feeling anxious and frustrated, helping manage dementia-related symptoms.
Care at home allows your loved one to receive person-centred care, meaning their care will be bespoke to their needs. After all, we understand that with care, no one size fits all. This will allow us to ensure that your loved one receives the care they need to live independently for as long as possible.
From support with personal care such as brushing teeth, going to the toilet and bathing to helping with household duties; including folding the laundry, washing the dishes and changing the bedding; it is clear to see that having carers at home can make a huge difference in your loved one’s life.
But that’s not all; we centre our care around your loved one’s hobbies and interests. For example, if they love nature, we will ensure they take time out to sit in the garden, or if they like to get involved in community classes or activities, our carers will be happy to accompany them. Investing time in things they love will benefit your loved one’s memory and thinking skills. Plus, it will boost their mental well-being.
Maintain routine and independence
Having a routine and structure to your day is essential, especially if you are living with dementia. According to Alzheimer’s Project, “Daily structure can help decrease these undesired behaviours such as aggression, restlessness and agitation.” It ultimately helps reduce anxiety as your loved one will know what to expect.
Alzheimer’s Project further highlights the benefits of routine: “Establishing a familiar pattern of events can help transfer the schedule of a daily routine into the long-term memory of the brain.” Create a timetable, which you can place on the fridge or wall where your loved one can see it. It can include meal times, activities, medical appointments and when they take a nap. Therefore, providing a sense of routine and independence.
How Can Helping Hands Help You with Dementia Care at Home?
Our carers are equipped with the essential skills needed to provide care for those living with dementia. They can help with every aspect of your loved one’s routine, including preparing and cooking nutritious meals, accompanying them to medical appointments and managing the household. We have had years of experience supporting individuals living with the condition, so you can rest assured knowing your loved one will be in good hands.
Having someone unfamiliar come into your home can be daunting, which is why we partner your loved one with someone with the same interests and hobbies. Our carers ensure your loved one carries out activities that they enjoy as it helps stimulate their brain and cognitive skills. Our carers are genuine companions and will always do their best to make a difference.
If you would like to arrange dementia care for your loved one, contact our friendly customer care team today. They are available seven days a week.
Page reviewed by Deanna Lane, Clinical Manager on August 21, 2023