Finding the right dementia care for you
Dementia is something that most of us have heard of, but few of us anticipate the huge impact that it could have on our lives. Currently, more than 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, and it is estimated that by 2025, this figure will exceed a million.
The rise in dementia diagnoses is partly due to the ageing population: people are living for longer, so they are more likely to succumb to the disease at some point in their advancing years; it is also partly down to the fact that doctors are getting better at identifying dementia. That is a good thing - the earlier someone is diagnosed with dementia, the more treatment options are available and the better able they will be to make informed choices about care.
The broader impact
Dementia doesn’t just affect the person living with it. For every dementia diagnosis there will be family – children, grandchildren, spouses, and friends, who have questions about care and who will need additional support at some point. It can be hard knowing how to respond to certain behaviours and situations, and to care for a loved one while helping them to maintain their dignity. As specialists in dementia care, Home Instead Basingstoke is on hand to offer you advice as you negotiate your way through the process of finding the right care.
Specialist dementia home care
When it comes to finding the right dementia care, it helps to know what is available. In some cases, residential care may be the best solution, but sometimes people will thrive better if they are allowed to stay at home. Home care can be a good start – with or without a formal diagnosis, home care can help people to keep their independence and give their loved ones peace of mind that they are being helped with various daily tasks. We are proud to provide dementia home care in Basingstoke and the surrounding area.
Our CAREGivers are specifically trained in working with people with dementia, enabling them to give a compassionate, dignified and empowering care service to clients of all ages and at all stages of their dementia journey.
Caring for people with dementia at home
There are many advantages in choosing dementia care at home. However, there is no one-size-fits all solution. Every family unit and individual is different, so it is important that you take the time to discuss what is right for your circumstances. If you are in the early stages of considering dementia care in the Basingstoke area, our home care services are a good place to start. We use a relationship-based approach, which enables our CAREGivers to use different strategies for people living with dementia and:
· Allows your loved one to stay at home in familiar surroundings, with their normal routine
· Builds confidence and encourages engagement through positive relationship building
· Can include provision of nutritious meals and mealtime activities to promote healthy eating
· Creates opportunities for social interaction and mental stimulation
· Builds self-esteem and enhances physical strength
· Supports family and loved ones, helping them to understand behaviours and needs, and allowing them to take a break from caring
Find out more about home care for a person with dementia
If you have had an early diagnosis of dementia and want to take control of your care arrangements, or you are caring for a loved one with dementia, we understand that these can be challenging times.
If you want to find out more about dementia home care in Basingstoke and the surrounding area, please get in touch. We will be happy to offer you guidance to help you to make the right care choices.