Helping Hands has been supporting people living with dementia for over 30 years and our local home care Barnsley team can support and advise you about your care options. With Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and Lewy Body being amongst the most common forms of the disease, they may be the ones you’re most familiar with, however there are actually over 100 types of dementia, each with their own particular symptoms. Perhaps you noticed a loved one was forgetting certain information or people, which lead to them receiving a diagnosis? While this can be distressing for the person and those around them, reassuring them that they are in a familiar and safe space, such as their own home, can make a huge difference to their daily wellbeing.
Upon diagnosis of dementia, it’s an understandable fear that you may have to leave your home to enter residential care, but this isn’t inevitable at all. Helping Hands’ carers can come into yours or your loved one’s home from as little as a few hours a week up to full-time live-in care, so that the person’s life can continue as independently and as unchanged as possible. Being surrounded by familiar places, objects and cherished mementoes can help to reduce the anxiety and confusion of someone living with dementia, so being able to remain in your own home to receive care can markedly improve the experience of someone living with dementia. There may also be other family members in the home, precious pets or a garden that has always been their passion, so it stands to reason that staying close to these will ensure a higher quality of life for the person being cared for.
Dementia care from Helping Hands’ Barnsley team can be visiting care, where a carer comes to your home for a pre-planned amount of time each day, or live-in, when the carer lives in the property with their customer. The carer will follow a personalised support plan, compiled by the branch team in collaboration with you or your decision makers, and it will put into place what type of help and support you need, as well as the flexibility to make changes if necessary. Perhaps your loved one has always been social, and they’d like that to continue? The carer will be happy to support them to enjoy the social aspects of their life for as long as possible, helping them to attend clubs and societies and important appointments. The friendly and helpful Barnsley team will do their best to ensure that the customer has a regular small team of the same carers, to prevent them needing to keep getting used to a different people, as this can also assist someone to live well with dementia.
Did you know that Helping Hands has supported over 45,000 families to keep their loved ones at home, where they want to be? Our carers all undertake a rigorous training programme when they join us and continue to refresh their skills throughout their career, meaning that they are always at the forefront of developments in dementia care. We pride ourselves on being dementia specialists and members of the Dementia Action Alliance, demonstrating our commitment to improving the lives of people living with dementia. In addition to this, Helping Hands is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), meaning that you can be confident in the professionalism and highest standards of care that we work to at all times.
Please do call our dedicated and friendly team of customer care specialists who are available to support and advise you seven days a week. If you prefer to email or text chat you can do both of these from our easy to navigate website, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know how we can help you.