Helping Hands have been supporting people living with dementia to remain as independent as possible in their own homes for over 30 years and this is why we’re considered dementia care specialists. Dementia can be a frightening illness in that it has an unknown quality to it; will I get worse as time passes? Will I have to leave my beloved home and move to residential care? Family members will also have lots of questions about how life is going to change and the impact on their relationship, but when it comes to care there is only one viable choice: the friendly home carers in Braintree. Having supported thousands of customers living with dementia we really are the first choice in homecare providers. When someone is living with dementia, whether it’s Alzheimer’s, Pick’s disease or vascular, their needs are very individualised; there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we pride ourselves on placing each customer at the centre of their care journey.
Receiving home care in own home when you’re living with dementia can be hugely beneficial. Firstly, it makes a positive difference to an individual’s anxiety levels if they’re surrounded by familiar sights, sounds and smells that tell them they’re at home, significantly improving their life quality. Secondly, it is much easier to control your own environment when you’re in your own home, so can have things done exactly as you like them to be. Even changing what home furnishings and tableware you use can make a difference; for instance, patterned plates on a patterned tablecloth can make things very hard to see so may lead to anxiety and unusual behaviour at mealtimes, whereas plain white plates (if the food isn’t white) on a plain red tablecloth can make the food much easier to see and an attempt to eat it may result. The same is true for loud patterned rugs or wallpaper; for instance, a brightly coloured, flowery rug may lead to the person trying to ‘water’ the rug as they think they’re real flowers, or a black doormat making them not want to step on it due to the fear of falling down a ‘hole’. This is due to the way the brain perceives colours and patterns with some types of dementia and understanding this can make a hugely positive difference to someone living with later stage dementia.
Visiting care and live-in care is available for our customers living with dementia, so it all depends on which they, and their decision makers, feel is more suited to their needs. Visiting care means that a carer will come to your home at pre-arranged times and carry out tasks during the time they’re with you. This can include personal care, medication administration, accompanying to appointments, housework, mobility support and so much more. A live-in carer lives in your home with you and will carry out all of the same types of duties, depending upon your needs, however they will be with you in the house around the clock, which can be very reassuring for some people and their family members.
We have been supporting people to live independently in their own homes since 1989 and consequently we really are the homecare experts. We ensure that all of our carers have rigorous training when they first join us, including extensive instruction on how best to support their customers living with dementia, which is how we can be confident that our carers will support you with compassion and empathy. Their learning continues throughout their Helping hands career though, equipping them with further skills that they can utilise when caring for their customers. We are proud to be a part of the Dementia Action Alliance, which is a partnership between supporters of people living with dementia to ensure that they get to live their best life possible. Additionally, we are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Care Inspectorate Wales, which demonstrates our commitment to upholding the highest standards and industry guidelines.
Call us today to speak to one of our knowledgeable and friendly customer care specialists, they’re available seven days a week to advise you on how we could be supporting you or a loved one living with dementia.