Dementia is an umbrella term of over 100 different types, although the most well-known include Alzheimer’s, vascular, and frontal-temporal dementia. These variants can manifest in similar ways, such as through an onset of forgetfulness and a difficulty to retain information, but can also include changes in behaviour, personality and mood swings. If a diagnosis of dementia is eventually obtained, there can be so much information for the person diagnosed and their loved ones to process, which is why the support at home of an expert carer can be the solution. Helping Hands have been caring for people living with dementia in their own homes for over 30 years, and our friendly Colchester team can help you make sense of the information that you’ve been given and advise you about care options.
Dementia care at home is an alternative to residential care that can have many positive outcomes. Already a very confusing time, being able to stay surrounded by beloved people and pets as well as cherished photographs and possessions can help reduce confusion and anxiety. A natural fear of the person diagnosed may be that they’re going to have to leave their beloved home, and the first instinct of their loved ones may be to think they’d be better off living in residential care, but this isn’t always the case. Having care at home presents an opportunity for the customer to retain control over their routine through one-to-one, personalised support, from a compassionate and empathetic carer who will be knowledgeable about caring for someone with dementia.
At Helping Hands, we devise you an individualised plan of care which will always take into account your preferences and wishes above all else. Helping Hands’ knowledgeable Colchester team can advise you on which would be the most suitable care package for you, from visiting care that sees a carer come to your home at pre-arranged times of the day or night, up to live-in care – where you have a carer living in your home with you around the clock. We have been supporting people in their own homes whilst living with dementia since 1989, and our carers and managers are all dementia experts.
Whether you need a carer for mainly companionship, light housework or meal preparation, or more in-depth support with medication and personal care, our carers will do whatever they can to make each person’s life a little easier. This can be especially reassuring for family members who may not live close by.
Our carers undertake a rigorous programme of training when they join Helping Hands, and their professional development continues throughout their career with us. Learning new skills is paramount to ensuring that we always stay on top of industry developments and more importantly, that our carers are able to apply these skills into supporting their customers. Helping Hands is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate Wales, which means you can be confident in our ability to manage every aspect of you or your loved one’s care compassionately and professionally. We’re also a part of the Dementia Action Alliance, meaning that we voluntarily agree to work to a set of goals and action points and are committed to transforming care outcomes for people living with dementia.
We have a team of customer care specialists available to speak to you seven days a week, or if you would rather use email you can do so from our Colchester website, where you can also use our live chat service for the quickest results.