Specialised & Dementia Care

Specialised Care

Home Instead Cheltenham and Cotswold's provides professional specialised care, helping individuals across Gloucestershire to continue to live a fulfilling life, in their own home.

We regard it as a special privilege to look after people with love, care and compassion and our commitment to you is to provide the highest quality home care so that you feel confident and assured that your loved one is in safe hands. From a few hours a day, up to 24 hours 7 days a week, we offer a wide range of services that you can tailor around the needs and wishes of your family member. This could be for short term periods, such as respite or convalescence, or longer term to support them in living a fulfilled life at home.

If you or someone you know needs complex care in their own home, we are able to provide a range of assistance from 24 hour live-in care, respite care to home from hospital assistance. Alzheimer's, Dementia, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, Stroke, and other specialist complex care support is available. Call the team today to discuss your requirements and how we can help.

What is specialised care?

If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s or has had a Stroke you may be thinking of suitable care. Care in the home encourages the individual to stay independent whilst receiving care in the familiarity and comfort of their own home.  Individuals remain in a stable and consistent environment which can reduce anxiety and upset, as well as minimises disruption and confusion for the loved one.   Providing help and peace of mind for the family, it can also offer them the chance to take a break from time to time.  Home Instead is the world’s leading home care company, and the only home care organisation in the UK with City & Guilds accreditation for dementia care. We work together with the client, the family and healthcare services to provide a tailor-made service designed to stimulate and support individuals in their daily activities at home.
Specialised Care can include:
· Personal care - assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting
· Continence care, whether it is changing continence pads or managing a stoma or catheter
· Medication support, including prompts or administering medication
· Support with pain management
· Help moving around the home
· Housekeeping duties, including vacuuming, dusting, changing beds and doing the laundry
· Preparing meals
· Caring for your pet
· Running errands to collect prescriptions or food shopping
· Companionship and supporting your independent living at home

How do you care for someone with dementia?

You may find that your loved one is having difficulty recalling past memories, family members or life events.
To support them you can help communicate with them through their identity – like their background, hobbies, interests and who is important to them. To help you communicate we have put together a Life Story book specially developed with the Mayo Institute of Medical Sciences to help you capture your loved one’s memories and reminisce with them.

As their condition deteriorates, your loved one may need an increased amount of support. However, through still involving them in their everyday tasks, you will allow them to feel useful and may alleviate any negative feelings regarding their self-worth.

Encouraging good health

The longer people stay fit and healthy for, the better quality of life they have. This is because if someone has an unhealthy diet (including hydration) they can be susceptible to illnesses which can increase the effects of dementia and cause further confusion and agitation.
It may be that your CAREGiver tries some easy exercises with your loved one if they have not been very active previously. Gentle exercises performed from a chair can help to improve mobility and increase activity.

Keeping up hobbies and interests

Just because someone is diagnosed with dementia does not mean that they automatically lose all interest in their hobbies. However, they may need some help with facilitating these.
Your loved one could enjoy reading a daily newspaper but may find it difficult to go down to their local shop. Assisting them by picking up the newspaper for them means that they will still be able keep up to date with current events and the ever-popular crossword!
Allowing them to still engage in their interests means that your loved one will be able to have mental stimulation.

All Home Instead CAREGivers are mobile and can encourage and assist with trips out, whether to appointments, to see friends or attend social occasions or a walk round the garden centre.

What are the options for specialised care?

Live-in care – we can arrange a live-in CAREGiver that can provide support each day according to your requirements. Our CAREGivers are selected carefully, based on your personality and care needs, this CAREGiver will live with you at home, supporting you with your day-to-day needs. With a special focus on promoting your independence and helping you to get the most out of life, he or she is likely to become a great friend and companion.

Regular home visit - we can arrange support visits at specific times of the day or night to provide the care you need. Whether it is one or two visits a week or several visits throughout the day or night we can provide you with a CAREGiver.

Respite care - if your usual carer or family member needs to take a break, we can offer respite live-in care over periods of just a couple of weeks.

Support from the dementia specialists

We all acknowledge that caring for people with dementia can be daunting and challenging. This is why we train each and every one of our CAREGivers so they are experts in dementia care and understand how to make life easier for those living with the condition. A large proportion of our clients have some form of dementia, this is why we have worked hard to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in dementia care.

We recognise that the homes of our clients are not just buildings. Home is where we feel most comfortable and are happiest, it is the place we know best and is the store of our most precious and longest lasting memories. When caring for someone with dementia, this continuity and consistency of environment and routine is absolutely vital, and because your loved one will be cared for by the same familiar faces, the benefits of this continuity will be felt by you too.

How quickly can specialised care be arranged?

When somebody is ill, conditions can change very quickly. The need to arrange specialised care can be very urgent, especially if someone is in pain or distress.

We can arrange care very quickly for a variety of circumstances, and in many cases, we can begin arranging care within 24/48 hours of you getting in touch. Even if you are currently in hospital or another residential setting, our care manager can arrange support that will ease your move back to your home.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about the specialised support we can provide you, please call our friendly care team on 01242 513203
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