With over 850,000 people now living with dementia in some form, you need to be confident that if one of your loved ones is diagnosed, they can be cared for by a company who are experts in the condition. Helping Hands has been supporting people living with dementia for over 30 years and our local branch team in Warrington can support and advise you about your care options.
Dementia takes many forms; Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and Lewy body being amongst the most common, but there are actually over 100 types of dementia, each with their own way of manifesting. The first thing you might have noticed was that your loved one was forgetting things like people’s names, or maybe that they couldn’t recall something that had just happened. This can be distressing for the person and those around them which is why it’s important to reassure them that they are in a familiar and safe space, such as their own home.
Upon a diagnosis of dementia, some people will become concerned that they’re going to have to leave their home to enter residential care, but this isn’t an inevitable part of the process. Helping Hands’ carers can come into your loved one’s home from as little as a few hours a week up to full-time live-in care so that their life can continue as independently and as unchanged as possible. This can have a marked effect on their dementia journey, as being surrounded by familiar places, objects and cherished mementoes can help to reduce the anxiety and confusion of someone living with dementia. Perhaps there are other family members in the home, precious pets or a garden that has always been their pride and joy, so it stands to reason that staying close to these will ensure a quality of life for the person affected.
Dementia home care from Helping Hands can take the form of visiting care, where a carer comes to your home for a pre-planned amount of time each day, or live-in, where, as the name suggests, the carer lives in the property with their customer. Carers can do everything that a customer may need, from companionship and low-level support with housework for instance, to medication administration, personal care, meal planning and manual handling. Your carer will follow a structured support plan, compiled by the branch team in collaboration with you, and it will agree in advance what type of help and support your loved one needs, as well as contingency planning for if anything changes. The individualised support plan is tailored exactly to the customer’s preferences and will be designed so that independence and dignity are always at the forefront of care provided.
Perhaps your loved one has always been social, and they’d like that to continue? The carer will be happy to support them to enjoy the social aspects of their life for as long as possible, meaning that they don’t have to give up seeing friends and joining in with clubs and societies that they’ve always enjoyed attending. The same goes for important appointments; the carer will accompany their customer to the doctor, hospital or even the hairdresser if that’s what they want to continue. Your friendly Warrington team will do their best to ensure that the customer has a regular small team of carers who they get to know well, to prevent them needing to keep getting used to a different carer.
Helping Hands has supported over 45,000 families to keep loved ones in their own homes where they want to be and perhaps could be just what you need to avoid the upheaval of moving to residential care. Our carers all undertake a rigorous training programme when they join us and continue to refresh their skills throughout their employment, meaning that they are always at the forefront of developments in dementia care.
In addition to this, Helping Hands is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who rated the Warrington branch as ‘Good’ at their most recent inspection, meaning that you can be confident in the professionalism and highest standards of care that we work to at all times.
Contact the local Warrington branch of Helping Hands now to discuss the care options open to you, or alternatively call our dedicated and friendly team of customer care specialists who are available to support and advise you seven days a week. If you prefer to email or use live chat, you can do both of these from our easy to navigate website, so don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you today.