Why is Person-Centred Care so Important?

No one can ever be prepared for receiving an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Individuals or family members might start to notice the signs or symptoms and have their own fears, but when a form of dementia is confirmed, everyone will react differently. It is hard to prepare for a diagnosis of this kind, and it can be difficult to keep your thoughts straight following the diagnosis, but it is important to seek specialist and specific Alzheimer’s and dementia help and support, rather than general care and advice. This specialist support will be able to address all of your questions and queries, and will be more equipped to predict the course of the disease.

However, the course the disease will take, and what the future will look like for someone affected with the disease, can be a hard thing to predict and an uncomfortable thing for any friends or family members to think about. However, it is recommended that you try to think of the future as soon as you can. Doing this will mean that you can properly prepare for any difficulties, and make sure your loved one will have everything they need to continue living as full a life as possible in their own home. These plans can refer to the medical care of your loved one, but you should also think about other caring needs they might require at home.

Preparing a person centred care plan for dementia with a specialist care provider is the best thing you can do to be sure your loved one will receive the proper care they need, as well as having peace of mind that the plan can cater for any unseen circumstances that might arise.

What is Person-Centred Dementia Care?

Often, you will find residential care homes or care agencies that provide care for individuals, but will carry out all tasks and requirements the same way for each person. For example, each individual will be helped out of bed at half past 8, they will each eat the same thing for breakfast at 9, and each has lunch at half past 12, and so on. While this type of care provides basic needs, it is by no means a comprehensive or satisfying system of care. Person-centred care works against this system, and ensures that each individual is treated as such, and incorporates any and all specific things that someone might need on a day to day basis.

For example, at Home Instead, we specifically develop a person centred dementia care plan for each of our clients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. To do this, we meet with the individual concerned, as well as their family members who might have been providing care up to now, and we work together to develop a care plan that caters to all of the physical needs of the person concerned, including their mental and emotional needs, and their own personal likes and dislikes. For example, they might need a CAREGiver to help them prepare lunch, but they might not personally like to eat lunch until quite late in the afternoon, then this is incorporated into the plan and adhered to by the team of CAREGivers.

We believe all care services are much more comprehensive and effective when any and all of the client’s needs and preferences are taken into account; everyone is an individual with their own personality, and treating people the same because they are suffering from the same condition is only going to create a miserable and frustrating environment for the client.

Developing a person-centred dementia care plan in this way means that every client can retain their sense of identity and individuality for as long as possible, and the specialist dementia care services provided by our CAREGivers can also help to mentally engage clients as often as possible and trigger happy memories, which is further reinforced when a client can stay in their own home, among familiar surroundings, for as long as possible.

Home Instead is the only care provider in the UK to provide City and Guilds accredited dementia training to all of our CAREGivers, which means that each of our carers are fully qualified and experienced to provide care to people suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and dutifully deal with any challenging or difficult situations while ensuring your loved one is cared for in every way possible.

To find out more about our specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, you can visit our care page here, or call us on 0121 456 5559 for more information.

Home Instead also have a number of home care vacancies in Birmingham at the moment, so if you are interested in becoming a CAREGiver yourself, please contact us now to apply for more information.

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