There are over 100 different types of dementia, which can manifest in various ways, but a diagnosis would need to be sought if family were concerned that a loved one was struggling with remembering key information about people, places or daily life in general. This can also be a natural part of the ageing process of course, but it makes sense that if concerns are being raised a medical professional is consulted. Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a time of anxiety and concern for the person diagnosed as well as family members, and thoughts can turn towards inevitable questions such as ‘will I need care’ and ‘am I going to have to leave my beloved home’? but it can also make sense of recent events and behaviours and even offer relief that at least everyone is aware of what they are facing. When thoughts turn to care planning you need a company who are dementia care experts and have many years’ experience of supporting people living with Alzheimer’s, Pick’s disease and many other types of dementia. Fortunately, Helping Hands is a leading homecare company with over 30 years’ experience in caring for people in their own homes living with dementia, and our friendly and helpful Bury St Edmunds care team can guide and support you through the care planning process and discuss your options with you.
Staying in your own residence with home care after a diagnosis of dementia can be hugely beneficial, as being in a familiar and much-loved place will help to reduce levels of confusion for your loved one, as well as making them less anxious at having to get used to being somewhere new. This is also the case if there are other loved ones in the house, as being removed from them, especially after many years of living together, will naturally cause an increase is distress. Perhaps they have a garden that has always been their pride and joy and they love to sit and look at it through the window, or sit outside on a warm summer’s day? Suddenly not seeing their favourite view anymore and not understanding why can be a real cause of stress and sometimes deteriorating behaviour, so if there is a way of keeping the person in the place they’ve always loved, it’s surely the preferred option?
Homecare for someone living with dementia can consist of either visiting care, where the carers come to your home and carry out the desired tasks within a set amount of pre-arranged time, or live-in care which, as the name suggests, involves a carer actually living in your home and therefore being in the house around the clock. There are advantages for both types of care and it is really up to you which would be more suitable for you, but this can be discussed at length with the helpful Bury St Edmunds team, to ensure that your care package is tailored to your exact needs and that your flexible and personalised support plan reflects exactly what you need your carers to undertake. They can offer support with personal care, mobility, medication, meal preparation, housework, escorting you to appointments and activities and much more. Support is available throughout the day, overnight or around the clock, so we can support you regardless of your needs.
Our carers are knowledgeable and well-trained, and all Helping Hands employees are also Disclosure and Barring Service screened before they are able to visit customers in their homes, so you and your family can be confident that only the right people are supporting you. We are also part of Dementia Action Alliance, meaning that we are fully committed to ensuring the best quality of life for every single person living with dementia. Additionally, Helping Hands are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England, and on their most recent inspection the Bury St Edmunds branch were awarded a ‘Good’ rating. The friendly branch team will be happy to discuss your requirements with you, so please don’t hesitate to talk to them.
We have a dedicated team of customer care specialists who are available seven days a week to advise you on your options, so why not give us a call today? You can also contact us via our informative website where you can request a call back at your convenience.