If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of dementia, then your thoughts may naturally be turning to the future. Dementia is a progressive condition that unfortunately does reduce an individual’s ability to undertake daily tasks and activities, so the need for home care is higher the further along their dementia journey a person is. Fortunately, there is a care company who has over 30 years’ experience caring for people in their own homes living with dementia: Helping Hands. Established in 1989, we have supported thousands of people to receive care at home, enabling them to remain exactly where they want to be and avoid the need for residential care.
Dementia may initially manifest as forgetfulness or mild confusion, which can of course also be present as a natural sign of ageing, however when an individual or their loved ones become concerned that it is more than that, it’s important to obtain medical advice. Once a diagnosis is received it can understandably cause anxiety for the person and their family, but at least finding the right care is something you never need worry about. Just chat to the friendly team in Dartford and they will advise you about your care options, even if at this stage you’re not sure whether you need it yet.
Remaining in your own home for dementia care can have many positive outcomes compared with moving into residential care. While no situation will be the same for any two people living with dementia, there are reasons that staying at home surrounded by people, pets and possessions that inspire an emotional connection in the person will be beneficial. This can be because the emotional centre of the brain, the amygdala, is not affected by dementia in the same way as other parts are, meaning that emotional connections will often last much longer than any actual memories will. Being able to remain at home can help reduce a person’s confusion and anxiety, which in turn can help to control agitation and other behaviours that may otherwise become difficult to placate. Your carer will also be a dementia expert, having been trained in dementia when they joined us, complementing their current skills and knowledge in the area. This means they will be best placed to support you or your loved one with your dementia journey.
Our carers can offer two types of care to you or your loved ones; visiting care, which means the carer will come to your home at pre-arranged times of day or night to undertake your care requirements, and live-in care, where the carer literally lives in your home with you and is there around the clock to support you. Both types of care have positive outcomes attached to them; visiting care is perfect for people who want their care administered in their own home but perhaps have loved ones who are also regularly caring for them, or whose care needs are less severe. This isn’t always the case though and our visiting carers can also deliver complex, nurse-led care thanks to our team of clinical nurses in every region of England and Wales. Our carers will follow your detailed support plan which will guide them through your requirements, whether it be personal care, medication, mobility support, housework or much more. Talk to our team in Dartford today to discover how one of our expert carers could be supporting you or your loved one.
Not everyone has what it takes to be a Helping Hands carer and we only select the most compassionate and empathetic people to join us and care for our customers. As well as a rigorous training programme, all employees are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) screened before visiting any customers and those skills are strengthened throughout their employment by continuous professional development opportunities. We are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate Wales so you can be fully confident in our abilities to consistently deliver the highest standards of care. We are also a part of many professional bodies and organisations including 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. All of this demonstrates why we are considered one of the UK’s leading dementia specialists and we look forward to welcoming you or a loved one as a customer soon.
Call our team of friendly customer care specialists seven days a week to learn more about how we could be supporting you or a loved one living with dementia. You can also contact us via our Dartford website or have an instant chat if you’d prefer.