Dementia can manifest itself in several ways; perhaps causing feelings of confusion, forgetfulness or general anxiety, however it’s important to seek a professional diagnosis when these are present, as other conditions can cause similar symptoms too. Dementia is an ‘umbrella’ term that encompasses over 100 different conditions; however, the most well-known types are Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body and vascular dementia. Once a diagnosis has been achieved it can often lead to feelings of relief in the immediacy; there is now an ‘answer’ as to why certain symptoms or behaviours have been present and at last plans can be put into place. However, there are usually feelings of anxiety too and inevitable questions such as ‘will I have to leave my home’ and ‘who’s going to take care of me’? Thankfully, there are a team of experts at Helping Hands’ Bath who can advise you on your care options, give you further information and reassure you about the likely road ahead.
Moving into residential care can be the right move for some people, however when it comes to living with dementia, familiar is usually better. This is because being surrounded by new people, sights and sounds can compound feelings of anxiety for people living with dementia, so staying at home, amid familiar surroundings is an excellent alternative. Routines are vital for someone living with dementia as it can help the day to have structure and distract from feelings of anxiety, and the carer will follow your personalised support plan to ensure that your day progresses just as you want it to. The friendly carers in Bath can provide you with visiting care, where a carer comes to your home at pre-arranged times to support you with various tasks, or live-in care, where the carer actually lives in your home as is available around the clock. Helping Hands have been supporting people living with dementia to live as independently as possible in their own homes for over 30 years, so it’s no surprise we are considered dementia specialists.
Whether you have visiting or live-in care, you will still receive the same high standards from compassionate carers who understand dementia and the effects it can have on a person and their . Our carers are dementia specialists themselves and bring their extensive knowledge into their customers’ homes and apply it to their programme of care. This ensures that the customers are getting the benefit of up to date industry knowledge and that the carers always have the opportunity to strengthen their skills. In the earlier stages of dementia you may only require one visit a day, or perhaps even less, so that you can have some companionship and support with everyday tasks, however as your condition progresses you may find you need several visits, perhaps at strategic times of day such as getting up and mealtimes. Perhaps you’d prefer the reassurance of a carer living full-time in your home, so that they are always on hand should you need them. Thanks to our team of clinical nurses, care at home can continue all the way to end-of-life if those are yours and your loved ones’ wishes, removing the anxiety over where their last days can be spent.
We ensure that all of our carers are fully trained and experienced in dementia care so that they can look after their customers to the highest standards. The Bath branch selects only the best carers to work for us, ensuring their best qualities are compassion and empathy at all times. We are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and Care Inspectorate Wales and we’re proud to be a part of the Dementia Action Alliance.
Call us seven days a week to discover more about how we could be supporting you or your loved ones. Our friendly customer care specialists are waiting to speak to you, or alternatively contact us via our website and we’ll get back to you.