Everyone’s experiences of living with dementia will be different, even if they have been diagnosed with the same type of dementia, i.e. Alzheimer’s. Dementia is not a ‘one size fits all’ condition; it is very individualised, and experiences will differ from person to person. Once a diagnosis has been received, questions will naturally start to be asked by the person diagnosed, such as ‘will I have to leave my home and move to residential care?’ It’s understandable why thoughts would turn that way, but there is no reason why a person living with dementia can’t stay in the home they love and receive care there. Helping Hands is one of the leading dementia care companies in the UK and we’ve cared for thousands of people in their own homes who are living with dementia. We treat people as individuals; seeing the person they are and ensuring they are not defined by their dementia. Here at the Fareham branch, we do all we can to ensure that our customers live as independently and comfortably as possible within their beloved homes.
Being cared for at home can be advantageous for someone living with dementia because of the familiar people, pets and possessions that may be in the home with them. This is because even though memories will fade as dementia progresses, the emotional connections will never be lost due to the emotion centre of the brain (the amygdala) not being affected by dementia the way other parts are. Reminding someone of their favourite pastimes can also be comforting, such as a cherished view into the garden for someone who was green-fingered or going into a hobby shed or craft room. All of these things can help to reduce anxiety and agitation, so by having care at home it means the person gets to stay where they want to be and is also expertly looked after.
Depending on your needs and how far along your dementia has progressed, you may feel that a once a week visit would benefit you, so that you get companionship and someone to chat to, however visiting care from Helping Hands can also be for as many visits as you need throughout the day and night. We can also offer live-in care, where the carer actually lives in your home with you around the clock, which can be very reassuring for those who like constant companionship and for loved ones who live some distant away. Regardless of the type of care you choose, our carers will be able to support you with every type of household task including laundry, preparing meals, support with medication, mobility, personal care and housekeeping. Perhaps you’ve always been very sociable, and you would like that to continue? Your carer can accompany you to meetings, appointments and get-togethers, as well as medical appointments, hairdressing visits or anywhere else you’d like to go. Your care will be supported by a flexible and personalised support plan that can change any time you need it to, to suit your preferences and routines.
We’ve cared for more than 44,000 people in their own homes since we were founded in 1989, so you can be confident in our professional and compassionate service and be assured that we are industry experts. Every carer that joins Helping Hands undertakes a rigorous training programme that includes extensive instruction on dementia, so every carer is best placed to support their customer from the moment they join us. Only the most empathetic and caring people get to become Helping Hands carers so you can be confident that the people supporting you consider care a vocation. We are part of the Dementia Action Alliance, which means 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. Additionally, we are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate Wales who consistently rate us ‘Good’, and they also rated our Fareham branch the same at their most recent inspection, meaning you can be confident in our ability to take good care of you and your loved ones.
Call us today to discuss how we could be supporting your loved ones to live their best quality of life at home. Our friendly customer care specialists are available seven days a week to advise you, or if you prefer, you can contact us via our Fareham website.