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What is dementia care?

Dementia care is specialist support for someone in their own home who is living with a condition that causes dementia. It enables the individual to have one-to-one care that’s tailored to them and continue living independently in their own home, instead of moving into residential care.

Dementia home care allows your loved one to keep their routines intact, which is incredibly important for someone living with dementia as it helps with confusion and other symptoms of the condition. Knowing that they can rely on a carer who they have built up a rapport with and who knows their timetable and preferences can help to ease any anxieties for both the individual and family members who may worry about their loved one.

We can provide dementia support in the form of regular visits throughout the week to check on your loved one, to 24-hour live-in care from a carer who will live with them in their home. Either way, our dementia care is delivered from our expertly trained carers who all receive specialist dementia training. This means that our carers understand the various conditions in more detail and can apply that to the way in which they care for your loved one, as it does differ to caring from someone in their senior years without dementia.

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Who is dementia care for?

Dementia care is for anyone that is living with a particular condition that causes dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia or frontotemporal dementia. Typically, dementia affects those over the age of 65, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most commonly diagnosed form of dementia in the UK. However, early-onset dementia can occur in those that are much younger – in their twenties and thirties – from conditions such as Down’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease and Korsakoff’s syndrome.

Dementia typically develops in stages, beginning with stage one where symptoms are barely recognisable, and culminating in stage seven, where someone’s ability to function is severely limited. Dementia care covers all seven of these different stages of the condition, with care usually coming into place around stage three or four – when symptoms are more obvious and regular.

We can support your loved one at any stage of their condition – whether they need extra support with keeping the house clean and tidy and collecting their shopping, if they struggle with sleeping at night and are particularly anxious during the early hours or if they need round-the-clock support with personal care.

If your loved one wants to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, surrounded by their lifelong possessions and with the reassurance of living with a partner, spouse or pet, dementia home care is the ideal solution for them.

To find out more about the types of dementia, please click here.

What are the key benefits of dementia care?

Home care for dementia is particularly beneficial if your loved one enjoys being independent or is perhaps slightly resistant to care. We can arrange to take things entirely at their pace so that they feel comfortable with welcoming someone new into their home and also getting some much-needed support. You may want to start off with one of our carers calling in every lunchtime to prepare their lunch and do the washing up, making a cup of tea and having a chat with them once they’re finished. This is a great way for your loved one to get used to having a carer in their home and also building up a relationship with them, so that perhaps when their symptoms become more pronounced they will be happy for their carer to visit more regularly.

The difference of having dementia care at home instead of within a residential setting is that you have more control and say over the care you or a loved one receives. Care homes typically have a pool of lots of different carers that look after the residents, with set mealtimes, set waking and bedtimes and set activities to take part in with others. But with dementia care at home, your loved one can choose how and when they do things and how long for without being confined to a certain option or time period. They also have the advantage of building a bond with a small group of carers that will get to know them and their preferences, delivering one-to-one care to them in a way that is meaningful and respectful to them. Furthermore, you can go and visit them whenever you like; whereas you would have to adhere to visiting times at a care home.

We’re here to support the individual and the entire family, and to ultimately ensure your loved one ‘lives well with dementia’, rather than ‘suffers from’. That’s why we encourage those that we care for to keep up with their existing hobbies as much as possible – whether that’s meeting up with friends at a local shopping centre, taking a trip to their favourite historical landmark for the afternoon or simply tending to their plants at home.

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