Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses over 100 different kinds of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. These variants can manifest in similar ways, such as an onset of forgetfulness, memory loss and a difficulty to retain information, but also have their own set of symptoms that may become obvious to those close by, including changes in behaviour, personality and mood swings. However dementia presents itself though, once a diagnosis has been sought and obtained there can be a mire of information to wade through for the person diagnosed and their loved ones, which is why the support of an expert carer can be the answer for many.
Helping Hands have been supporting people to remain living in their own homes for more than 30 years and our friendly home care Leicester team can help you to make sense of the information that you’ve been given and provide personalised home care for your loved one.
Dementia care at home is an alternative to residential care that can have many positives for the person living with dementia. Already a very confusing time, being able to stay surrounded by familiar items, cherished photographs and beloved family and friends can mean that confusion and anxiety is kept to a minimum. Perhaps your loved one has always enjoyed their garden? They still can, by having a carer support them at home for as many or as few hours a week as they need, right up to full-time live-in care.
The amount of information you may have been presented with can be overwhelming; what would be the best thing to do in the circumstances? However, this isn’t a time to make hurried decisions without discussing things thoroughly with the person diagnosed and the rest of the family as well. Our Leicester branch team can help you make sense of everything you’ve been told and discuss your care options with you during a convenient appointment in your own home.
Dementia is an individualised experience and therefore the person diagnosed should always be treated as an individual too. Just because they are living with dementia, it doesn’t mean they become the condition; they are still themselves and should always be treated as such. This is true of their care as well, and at Helping Hands we devise an individualised plan of care with the person being cared for at the centre of their care journey. The support plan will always take into account their preferences and wishes above all else, and at no time do they stop being treated with the utmost levels of dignity and respect.
Helping Hands’ knowledgeable Leicester team can advise you on what the best type of care would be, from a few hours a week right up to 24-hour live-in care in Leicester, but it will always be based on what is best for the customer themselves.
Helping Hands are industry leaders in dementia care and our carers and managers are all equipped in providing the best ways to support someone as an individual. Whether you need a carer to visit for mainly companionship support, light housework or meal preparation, or more in-depth support with medication and personal care, our carers will gladly do whatever they can to make each person’s life a little easier and more enjoyable. This is especially reassuring for family who may not be close by and are unable to visit regularly themselves.
Helping Hands always ensure that each and every carer is fully instructed and thoroughly assessed before they visit customers, undertaking training around manual handling, medication, first aid and much more when they join the company. They also have regular refresher instruction to ensure that their knowledge is up to date, especially in areas such as dementia, where information and recommendations can change regularly.
Helping Hands is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulatory body for health and social care providers in England, and the Leicester branch was rated ‘Good’ in its latest inspection. This means you can be confident in the team’s ability to manage every aspect of your loved one’s care effectively and professionally.
The friendly team in Leicester are happy to discuss every aspect of your care query, or if you prefer, we have a team of customer care specialists available to assist you seven days a week. If you would rather enquire via email you can do so from our website or use our live chat service for instant results. We look forward to hearing from you.