Specialist care within the comfort of your home
There are many different types of dementia, however Alzheimer’s is the most common form and the one that we asked to support with the most. It affects more than half a million people in the UK alone. Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition, with time leaving the people and families affected needing extra help and care. At Helping Hands, we believe in and see the benefits of allowing someone with Alzheimer’s to remain in their own home. The continuity of routine, familiarity of environment and one to one attention from a specialist dementia carer can make a huge difference to quality of life.
Our professional carers either visit at agreed times or move into the homes of their customers to provide personal care, housekeeping, companionship and support that’s specially tailored to the needs of the individual.
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Alzheimer’s care at home
People affected by Alzheimer’s experience a range of symptoms. These symptoms include a decline in memory, disorientation and confusion surrounding places and times, difficulty in completing tasks and changes in behaviour. Therefore, an Alzheimer’s care plan tailored to the individual is a necessity. We work with individuals, their families, their GPs and professionals from other healthcare organisations to deliver a package of Alzheimer’s support that meets the needs of the person.
Through our Alzheimer’s care, we provide support tailored to help people with many of the typical symptoms experienced by someone with the condition. These include:
Decline in memory
Our Alzheimer’s support workers work with their customers to create memory boxes and scrapbooks, featuring photographs and other sentimental tokens to help stimulate memories. You and your loved one can also rest assured that they’re always around to reassure, prompt and assist – for example, reminding them to feed the dog, put the washing machine on or take their medication. Nutrition and hydration is of particular importance, proactive care and support can safeguard against Urinary Tract Infections, one of the leading causes of hospital admittance.
Confusion with time and place
People affected by Alzheimer’s often find themselves unsure about time, place, where they should be or what they need to do. We can provide help with calendar management, assist them get to where they need to go and reassure any fears they might be feeling.
Help around the home
Although our Alzheimer’s support services are primarily focussed around the medical needs of our customers, our carers are also on hand to provide help round the home. They can help people with basic tasks they might struggle with – from making a sandwich or vacuuming to filling out prescriptions or putting the dustbin out. However, they never look to exclude the people they care for from getting involved in these tasks.
A Helping Hands’ Alzheimer’s carer is warm, friendly and full of enthusiasm. They want to make a positive difference to the lives of their customers. As well as always being around for a chat over a cup of tea, our carers will also provide support with social activities when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s through gentle encouragement.
Changes in behaviour
With time, the condition impacts the functions carried out by the brain resulting in behavioural changes. Our one-to-one Alzheimer’s support enables both carer and customer to develop a relationship, meaning there’s never any display of shock or anger at sudden changes in behaviour. Trained and experienced, they understand and will provide the level of assistance required.
The importance of Alzheimer’s support in the home
Consistency is a massive part of any type of care, but especially when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Moving an individual affected by this illness into an environment they’re unfamiliar with, such as a residential care home, can have a negative impact. It can cause distress, confusion and discomfort.
With Alzheimer’s home care, an individual can get the medical support they need in the place they know and love best – their own home. Homes aren’t just buildings – they hold lots memories, items with lots of sentimental value and photographs. They can also be around the ones they love more frequently. And all of this can help to stimulate the memory.
When they deliver care for Alzheimer’s patients, our carers always look to maintain existing routines and lifestyles, so you or your loved one never have to worry about adapting to major change.
We have used Helping Hands for live-in care for our father who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s for the last 18 months. This has enabled us to keep our father in his own home. From the support of the office, carers and area managers we have always felt that our father’s care is paramount.
Any issues have always been dealt with promptly with understanding and compassion. Although a national company the local manager ensure a personal touch and familiarity which is reassuring when dealing with the care of a loved one. Our permanent carer and relief carers have given our father a high level of care and have shown a caring, emphatic yet professional attitude throughout.
We have been very satisfied with Helping Hands and would happily recommend this company as an alternative to residential homes.
Name withheld, February 2016
Our Alzheimer’s support workers
Before going into the homes of their customers, our Alzheimer’s carers either go through intensive training at our Centre of Excellence, based in Alcester or within their local branch. Here, they learn about the complexities of the illness and its symptoms. This process gives them the preparation they need to deal with the challenges they’ll face when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis.
We ensure that consistency is at the core of our Alzheimer’s care plans. Our Alzheimer’s live in carers usually work in blocks of six to eight weeks before taking a respite break. This allows them to build up a strong bond with the person they’re caring for. We’ll then provide a temporary carer to go into the home to take over for a short period of time, enabling the person receiving care to develop relationships with others. If your family would prefer a visiting carer then we will work on building a small, core team to keep the amount of change to a minimum.
If yours or your loved one’s carer happens to fall ill or have a family emergency, we’ll always ensure that a replacement carer is there and ready to deliver support – at short notice.
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Page reviewed by Jayne Vale, Dementia Specialist on May 1, 2019