If your loved one is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's disease, you will probably be thinking about suitable care. As the ageing population increases appropriate care has never been more important. Sadly there is currently no known cure for sufferers with Dementia.
The recent Alzheimer’s Society report ‘Home from Home’ and more recently ‘Low Expectations’ found issues with dignity and respect and activities in care homes and called for staff to receive Dementia training. The most recent report demonstrated that there is good care home support available, the report also shows that 80% of care home residents have dementia or severe memory problems; an alarming and dramatic increase on previous recorded figures. A YouGov poll as part of ‘Low Expectations’ reports that 70% of the general public would be worried about going into a care home, and 64% do not think the care home sector is doing enough to tackle abuse.
So, should it be a nursing home, or care at home? It can all seem very daunting. Care in the home, or domiciliary care, encourages the individual to stay independent whilst receiving care in the familiarity and comfort of their own home. It is fast becoming increasingly popular with clients and families as it minimises disruption and confusion for the Dementia sufferer. Individuals remain in a stable and consistent environment thus reducing anxiety and upset. Providing help and peace of mind for the family, it can also offer them the chance to take a Respite break from time to time. Home Instead is the world’s leading care at home franchise company. We work together with the client, the family and healthcare service professionals to provide a tailor made service designed to stimulate and support individuals in their daily activities at home. Our CAREGivers are trained to: encourage favourite activities and stimulating pastimes, assist with trips out, enabling social interaction, prepare nutritious and favourite meals, and encourage reluctant eaters, keep the home clean, safe and familiar, provide personal care for comfort and wellbeing, assist with medication routines by prompting or reminding and provide care with the utmost dignity and respect.
Our CAREGivers receive up to date Dementia training. They must also satisfy a thorough Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) vetting process, and provide six references. They are also routinely assessed so that they deliver the highest standards of care for the elderly. As the symptoms deteriorate, our person centred care plans and CAREGivers will accommodate changing needs. Wherever possible, we attempt to consistently provide a regular CAREGiver with a compatible personality to that of our client, enabling continuity and the ability to build a trusting and lasting relationship.