When an elderly family member shows signs of frequent memory loss, or sudden mood changes and depression, then it is likely that they are suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. This can be a confusing and frightening time for any family members, and the individual involved. You may have to face the fact that your loved one will need help in certain areas of their lives from now on, which might begin as smaller things such as help to keep the house tidy, or grocery shopping, but as the dementia progresses, help may be required with dressing, grooming, and bathing.
All of this can be overwhelming to think of, and you may find that you cannot provide everything your loved one needs on your own. However, with the right support, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can continue to live at home, in familiar surroundings, for a long time.
What is Alzheimer's Care at Home?
Alzheimer’s care at home involves a CAREGiver visiting your family member on certain days or at certain times, and assisting or supporting them with tasks or activities that they can no longer carry out themselves. As mentioned previously, this could involve helping with getting dressed, bathing, preparing meals, assisting with medication, accompanying them to appointments, or general housekeeping duties.
At Home Instead, our CAREGivers are specially trained to care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This specialist care can be invaluable to individuals and families who are not prepared to deal with the more advanced stages of the disease, as it can be frightening when a family member does not recognise you or even acts violently towards you. Our trained CAREGivers are all prepared to manage any challenging behaviour, as well as supervising any and all daily activities, providing essential social interaction, developing mind-stimulating activities and preparing nutritious meals.
Why is it Beneficial to Have Alzhemer's Care at Home?
It has been shown that providing care at home for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is extremely beneficial, and may even help to slow memory loss and other symptoms due to being surrounded with everything that is familiar.
Not only this, but wouldn’t you want your family member to remain in their own home, and retain their independence as long as possible? Through the right support, a care service provider, like Home Instead, will be able to provide complete person-centred care that is based on an individual’s needs and preferences, rather than assigning set times for meals, bathing, bed times etc, as you might find in a residential nursing home.
Caring at home can also offer a lot more flexibility with what you want for your family member, and what they want for themselves. Whether you only need a CAREGiver once a week to give you a break if you are a family carer, or if you need someone to be there every day to see to essential things like preparing breakfast or assisting around the house, caring at home can offer all of these options. At Home Instead, all of our caring visits are specifically tailored to what each client wants and prefers, but we do insist that each visit is never less than 1 hour. This is because we want our CAREGivers to get to know each of their clients well, and we believe that anything less than 1 hour is not conducive to providing a comprehensive care service.
All of our CAREGivers undergo regular training to ensure that they are fully capable of dealing with everything that they may come across in their daily caring duties, and we take care to specifically match each of our CAREGivers with a new client, to ensure they have similar interests and complimentary personality. This way you can be sure that your loved one will feel well looked after, as well as relaxed and at ease in their own home.
To find out more about our specialised Alzheimer’s and dementia care services in Birmingham, you can visit our care page here, or you can call us on 01214 565559.