What comes next after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be physically and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. With our years of experience, we at Home Instead can meet the needs of people living with the condition and give families reassurance that loved ones are in safe hands.
As an ageing population, we have an increasing number of people being diagnosed with dementia every year, including Alzheimer’s disease.
We understand that each person living with Alzheimer’s has their own individual experiences and symptoms. Our Care Professionals offer expertly tailored care, helping your loved ones stay happy at home with everything from companionship to live-in care solutions.
We take a pioneering approach to Alzheimer’s care. Our Care Professionals undergo a City & Guilds assured training programme, which has won a Princess Royal Training Award and is Continual Professional Development certified. The programme was created in conjunction with dementia care specialists. As a result of this expert training, your loved one will receive specialist Alzheimer’s care, supporting them to live safely, happily and comfortably at home.
Our relationship-centred approach provides Alzheimer’s care that:
I am very happy with the support, care and kindness I receive from all the staff of Home Instead.
This is a company whose staff really do care on a personal level and who are client orientated, providing stimulative activities, conversation and going the extra mile to help client and family.
Home Instead have been looking after my father for a few years now, without them we would not be able to manage having him living in his own home. They are always bright and cheerful and Dad enjoys seeing them.
Bridget, Clients Family
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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, which is a physical disease of the brain. Alzheimer’s leads to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue. As the disease progresses, more parts of the brain are damaged and more symptoms develop. These are usually mild to start with but become worse over time and can interfere with daily life. For most people the earliest symptoms will be memory lapses, such as difficulty recalling recent events and learning new information. They may also experience changes in their mood and can become anxious, irritable or depressed. As the condition develops the memory loss may become more severe and other symptoms appear, interfering with daily life. The person may start to believe things that are not true (delusions), as well as see or hear things that are not there (hallucinations). The individual will benefit from a dedicated Care Professional.
Each person living with Alzheimer’s will have their own unique experiences and challenges. Alzheimer’s care is about understanding the condition and the many symptoms that can occur. It is important to support the person as a human being, not just somebody with Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. To help, we need to understand what their reality is and join them in their own world, expressing empathy, with smiles, warmth and positive affirmations.
The correct care and support for a person living with Alzheimer’s encourages them to be as independent as possible.It enables them to live happily and safely in their own home in the company of people they know.
The saying is ‘home is where the heart is’, and that is certainly true for many people living with Alzheimer’s. It’s where they feel safe and secure, surrounded by their familiar possessions and loved ones. Care at home can be for a few hours a week, a couple of hours a day or 24-hour live–in care. Home Instead can provide flexible care to support you and your loved one,giving you and those living with Alzheimer’s disease, peace of mind, and reassurancethat they are being cared for by an understanding and knowledgeableCare Professional.
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Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or strokes. There are many different types of dementia. Everyone’s Alzheimer’s experience is different. How people, and particularly Care Professionals, respond to the person with Alzheimer’s and their environment are factors that will affectthe individual’s quality of life.
There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is simply one form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, followed by Vascular Dementia and then Lewy body Dementia.
Dr. Alois Alzheimer is credited with discovering Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Alzheimer was a well-known and popular German physician and researcher working in the early 1900s. Physicians and scientists at the time had a fascination with the human brain and were studying it to better understand how it worked.
Dr. Alzheimer met Auguste Deter, the first person who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Auguste told Dr. Alzheimer, “I have forgotten myself”. He brought her to the doctor when she started to have memory loss and delusions. Dr. Alzheimer studied her for several years, noting her decline.
Because of Dr. Alzheimer’s discovery, the disease was named after him.
Certainly. We know how challenging it can be caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, however we have years of experience in helping families cope with the situation at home. Our City & Guilds Assured dementia training programme means our Care Professionalsare trained to care for people living with different types of dementia.