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Home Instead Farnborough, Farnham and Fleet runs a Trip down the Memory Lane Café on a 3rd Monday of each month.

  • Where - Sunrise of Fleet, 22-26 Church Road, Fleet GU51 4NB

 

  • What time - 2:00-4:00 p.m.

 

  • Dates
    • Monday July 23rd (4th Monday as an exception)
    • Monday August 20th
    • Monday September 17th
    • Monday October 15th
    • Monday November 19th

 

It is a chance for people living with memory loss or early to mid-stages of dementia (carers are welcome to join in) to get out of the house and meet up in a welcoming setting for a friendly and informal get-together.  

Come along for a cup of tea, something sweet and a chat! Join in with sing-alongs, board games, jigsaws and… travel with us down the Memory Lane with memorabilia, scents & smells of life experiences, and memory books!

For more information and to book your place (free), please feel free to contact Natalia on our office phone number, 01252 758716 or email natalia.kaz@homeinstead.co.uk

The day dad forgets how to brush his teeth or mum loses her way back from the shops - these are some of those dreaded moments resulting from the symptoms of dementia. Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK and is one of the biggest health crises of the 21st century.

Here are some of the main warning signs to look out for.

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life: One of the most common signs is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: People may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favourite game.
  • Confusion with time or place: Losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: For some people, having vision problems is a sign. They may not realise they are the person in the mirror, for example.
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing: You may notice a person has trouble following or joining a conversation.
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: Placing things in random unusual places. Sometimes the person may accuse others of stealing the items.
  • Decreased or poor judgment: Experience changes in judgment or decision making
  • Changes in mood or personality: Some can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, or with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
  • If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these warning signs or if you have concerns about dementia, you should visit with your GP, who can help guide you in the right direction.

Life Life Well

At Home Instead, we look after hundreds of people with dementia in the comfort of their own home – many in their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Detecting dementia early means we can provide the support to help people live happy, fulfilled lives at home for longer.

Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.

A diagnosis of dementia is a daunting experience which can test even the strongest family. What stage is it at and how fast will it progress? How will it impact me, mum or dad? Will it mean going straight into a care home? You’ll no doubt have all of these questions spinning around in your head but rest assured; there is help out there.

Here is some advice around how to cope with dementia as a family at what is, no doubt, an extremely difficult and emotional time.

  • Get an accurate diagnosis: This is essential so that you understand what it is you are dealing with and what to expect
  • Communicate regularly: Keeping family members updated and informed of all the changes in a loved one’s condition can help alleviate confusion and hard feelings.
  • Consult with professionals: A family meeting with a professional such as a GP may be needed to ensure that everyone shares the same information and gets the resources they need. The main carer sometimes unwittingly becomes the keeper of the information because they are the ones dealing with the situation.
  • Learn skills and techniques: The behavioural changes that come with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be difficult to manage. The resources of the Home Instead CARE programme can help.
  • Expect change and learn to manage it: Dementias are ever-changing conditions. Family carers can find solace and support by sharing with others who are facing similar challenges. Local support groups and care professionals can help.
  • Ask for help if you’re the primary carer: Perhaps you’re the only one of your family/siblings living locally to your parent. Or maybe you’re the oldest child and the one expected to care for everyone. Maybe you’re a spouse. Whatever the circumstance, carers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias shouldn’t try to cope alone.
  • Tune into the main carer's needs: If you’re not the main family carer, be attentive to the person who is. Otherwise, resentment can fester. Review regularly what needs to be done and how the primary carer can get some respite.
  • Assign tasks: Even family members who live out of town can do things to help. Make a list of all that needs to be done and ask people to take part in tasks. Money management is among things that can be done remotely.
  • Consider the family legacy: What will the family dynamic be after your senior loved one is gone? What do you want the legacy of this experience to be? What kind of relationships do you want with your siblings? Make sure the stress of being a carer doesn’t damage your relationships with loved ones.
  • Tap into resources: Families can’t have too much information when it comes to trying to manage the potential behavioural changes of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Life Life Well

Home Instead Senior Care runs Family Dementia Workshops which are free to attend and arm family carers with tips for dealing with dementia.

Social Services funding is relevant if a person requiring care and support has less than £23,250 in savings. If this is the case, Adult Social Services will carry out an assessment. If the person is considered eligible to receive council-supported care services, the local authority decides a budget based upon the individual’s care needs. The hourly rate for home care services varies from one authority to another. A person can accept a care package from a council-contracted care provider, or choose to take control of their budget and top-up the hourly cost of receiving care from a care provider of choice. This is what some of our clients choose to do, so they can have care and support from Home Instead Senior Care Farnborough Farnham Fleet. This Social Services funding is referred to as Direct Payments.

Direct Payments – choose your own care provider

As above, Direct Payments are for those who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to choose their own care and support service. See the next article titled Direct Payments for more information.

What is Attendance Allowance?

Anyone aged 65 or over who needs help with their personal care, due to physical or mental disability, can apply to receive Attendance Allowance. This is a tax-free Government benefit which is not means-tested. Those aged under 65 may be eligible for Disability Living Allowance instead. 

What is Carers Allowance?

Anyone aged 16 or over spending more than 35 hours a week caring for someone with a disability, may be eligible to receive Carers Allowance. Follow this link for more information.

 

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