There are various challenges that come with a dementia diagnosis – memory loss, confusion, a change of behaviour and anxiety all being factors, but that’s where our dementia care specialists in our home care Gloucester team can step in. They’ll be able to support you or a loved one right at home where they feel most comfortable and safe, helping to relieve any worries and support you to live well with dementia.
Our friendly team will get to know everything about you – your life history, the type of dementia you have and how it affects you, what you want to get from your care and what is important to you. That way, we can create a completely bespoke support plan for you that caters for everything, including both the physical and mental elements of your wellbeing.
Home care for someone with dementia enables them to live life on their terms, choosing when and how they receive their care and what it entails. There is no need to worry about leaving your home where you may have lived for years with a partner or spouse – we can come to you and provide one-to-one, person-centred care in your own home. And there’s no set wake up calls or menus either; we’ll work with you to find out exactly what you like and ensure you have the choice to eat what meals you like and get up and go to bed when you prefer.
Routine is extremely important for someone living with dementia, as they may become confused quite quickly and struggle with getting on with day-to-day activities. We can help to build a solid routine for your loved one, so they know what to expect each day. And because our support plans are fully flexible, this can of course be altered at any time to suit their changing needs.
Dementia care may begin with several weekly visits to pop in and see your loved one to make sure they have had their lunch, taken their prescribed medication and are feeling well in themselves. In the earlier stages of the condition, they may just need support at regular intervals to help them cope with getting on each day. However, as their condition progresses into the later stages, they may need additional support in the form of live-in care.
Live-in care for dementia is when a carer lives with you or a loved one full-time, so that there is always someone on hand to provide assistance whenever they should require it. Not only does this give all of you the peace of mind that there is always someone available to care for your loved one, but a live-in carer can become more like a companion or extended member of the family that builds a rapport with your loved one and enables them to continue living independently. As well as providing them support with personal care, mobilising safely in and out of their home and ensuring the house stays clean and tidy, they will encourage them to continue to enjoy activities that they’ve always loved – whether that’s going for a walk around The Cotswolds, visiting a nearby friend or simply doing a jigsaw puzzle with a cup of tea at home.
All of our carers are hand-picked for their compassion, empathy and genuine kindness; traits that cannot be taught by anyone. This isn’t always the case for other care agencies in Gloucester, which is why our carers are a step above the rest.
Once selected, our carers are subjected to thorough background checks and are then required to carry out our training programme, which includes in-depth modules on dementia. Carers learn the sensory aspects of dementia from our 4D dementia experience, the different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and Pick’s disease, supporting families and loved ones and how to assist with challenging behaviour from someone with the condition.
Our Gloucester team are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the governing body for care in England. The CQC monitor our service for its efficacy, responsive and safety, ensuring that we are delivering the very best dementia care across the county.
For more information about how our team in Gloucester can support you or a loved one with dementia, call us today. We can then arrange for a member of the team to come out and see you at home and begin to create your own personalised support plan.