Supporting A Loved One with Dementia in Farnham

Together, we will navigate the challenges of dementia and ensuring your loved ones continue to find moments of joy and connection in their lives.

Taking care of an elderly loved one, especially one who has been diagnosed with dementia, can be a tough and emotional journey. Sue found this out first hand when she had to leave her business and partner behind to take care of her father. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but it was only after her mother’s death that his condition became more apparent, adding to the family stress.

Sue realized that she needed help, and after much consideration, she approached the idea of professional care for her father in July 2020. However, the thought of strangers looking after her dad made her feel guilty and stressed. Nevertheless, she knew it was the right thing to do for both her and her father’s wellbeing.

Sue's Compassionate Choice: Home Instead for Dementia Care

Sue spoke to several care companies in the Farnham area, but she chose Home Instead Farnham because they offered tailored live-in care that was designed entirely around her father’s needs and wants. From the initial consultation, Sue felt that Home Instead was more friendly, with a more comfortable and less clinical approach. She was impressed with Mahdi, the owner of the local Home Instead, Farnborough and Ascot, that covers the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders, and how he took the time to get to know her dad and his specific needs.

One of the main concerns when considering professional home care is funding. However, there is support available, with allowances and help with council tax, for example, but it all depends on individual circumstances. Sue advises not waiting too long to look for professional care, as it can make a significant difference to both the loved one’s and the caregiver’s mental health.

Sue emphasises that caring for an elderly loved one on your own can be too much, and it’s okay to reach out for help. Without professional help, stress within the wider family can cause longer-term problems. It’s crucial to consider your own mental health and ask for help, no matter how much you feel you know and what you can do.

Sue’s journey to peace of mind with care for her father was not an easy one, but she found the right help and support from Home Instead Farnham. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t hesitate to seek professional care and support. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help, and it can make a world of difference for both you and your loved one.

If you’re interested in discussing additional care support options, please complete the contact form below, and we’ll reach out to you promptly. Alternatively, you can contact us at 01252 758716. At Home Instead Farnham, we’re here to provide comprehensive and compassionate dementia care, reduce the risk of falls, and create a safe and comfortable environment for your loved ones.