Have you found mum isn’t doing as well as she made out?
Do you worry how dad will cope now mum has dementia?
Are you feeling lonely or isolated?
It may be time to begin thinking about care. A decline in health can mean your loved one becomes less mobile and may require assistance. This could mean they might need more support that you can’t currently offer, whether it’s due to distance or other commitments.
But, what type of care is best?
Residential Care in a Care Home
Going into a care home is a major decision as it means changing where you live, potentially costing a considerable amount of money. All your belongings will have to fit into one room, you may feel your independence is lost and they may not allow pets.
This said the cost of this type of care does cover your ongoing accommodation, utility bills, meals and care needs. Also, you’ll always have company, as well as trained staff always on hand.
In the local area, there are many care homes that provide support for their residents, some of which include:
- Woodcroft Care Home, Rhos On Sea
- Fairhaven Care Home, Colwyn Bay
- Coed Craig- Colwyn Bay
Home Care or Domiciliary Care
Homecare involves a visiting caregiver, calling in to assist you with your needs at various times of the day. This allows clients to keep their independence living at home, with the added piece of mind that they will be safe and secure whilst receiving regular checks.
Private care can be personalised to meet the individual needs of the client, enabling you to keep full control over your care and support. Remaining in your own home, close to what is familiar to you, allows you to continue any social contact you enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.
However, it can also be lonely, and some home modifications may be needed can affect the value of your property.
Adult home care support may suit you if you need help with the following:
- Personal care, such as washing or dressing
- Household tasks, such as vacuuming
- Cooking or preparing meals
- Nursing and health care
- Completing errands out in the community
When deciding what is best for your relative, you want to make sure they are getting support from caring hands, which is why we make sure all our CAREGivers pass an enhanced DBS check and must provide 6 references before starting with us.
Care agencies offer support for other types of care that are more specialised, provided either in your own home or in residential care home. An example of these would be palliative care, dementia care and respite care.
People with serious illnesses, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, can receive specialised medical care that focuses on relieving the distressing symptoms.
It treats pain, depression, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, and other symptoms associated with the illness.
For someone living with a terminal illness, the best that can be done is to improve their quality of life. This extra support is provided by a trained team of various nurses, healthcare specialists and doctors. The specialist team work together with you and your family spending as much time that is need communicating and supporting you at each stage.
Unpaid carers, such as family members, need a break from their responsibilities now and again. This is what respite care is for. It is delivered by a person, group or organisation so that the usual carer can have some time to themselves.
Respite care may be best if the person you care for might need short-term specialist heath care after an operation or illness. This would be the best way to prevent admission to hospital.
Should you require temporary 24-hour care to have a break away, night care workers can temporarily live in your home to attend to your loved ones every need.
Otherwise, the person you’re looking after can go for a short stay in a residential or nursing home. Day care centres is another way the person you’re looking after can go off and take part in activities away from home.
As part of our full training program, all our CAREGivers attend the Dementia Friends information session. This gives the CAREGivers an insight into what it’s like for a person living with Dementia, so that consideration can be given whilst out and about in the community.
Our CAREGivers who visit clients living with dementia receive further specific training to ensure they are equipped with all the relevant knowledge required.
Support for families of people with dementia can be found on our national office website, with online tutorials that shows a valuable insight into providing better care with techniques to help improve the quality of life for you and your loved one.
At Home Instead Conwy and Denbighshire, we have set up and now run a monthly Memory Café where anyone affected by memory problems are welcome to join in the group fun.
This said, should the dementia care be too much for you, we’re lucky enough to have a specialist Dementia Care Centre in Abergele; Ty Cariad.
When it comes to the time of thinking about support, it is important you have all the right information to make an informed decision as to what is best in the current circumstance.
From our office in Abergele, Home Instead are proud to be able to provide personal care and home help for Seniors, as well as rewarding careers for their CAREGivers across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!
To find out more please contact the office on 01745 772150.
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