Dementia care specialists on your doorstep

Caroline with Care Manager Michele Bushell, Jackie and Hayley
Caroline with Care Manager Michele Bushell, Jackie and Hayley

A team of CAREGivers from at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care in Stockport, have undergone specialist training to cope with the growing number of older people living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia in Stockport.

The City & Guilds accredited training programme has been developed especially for Home Instead, whose CAREGivers provide at-home care for older people, enabling them to remain in their own homes for longer. Home Instead is the only home care provider in the country to have received accreditation from City & Guilds for a dementia training programme.

The programme teaches innovative techniques for dealing with dementia, rather than focusing on the symptoms and treatments of the condition. CAREGivers are trained in effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours, associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation. A key outcome is that caregivers learn to respect the person as an individual and are able to observe, honour and support their lives.

Explaining some of the key fundamentals of the new training programme, Home Instead owner, David Moore, said, “Rather than trying to force those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to live in our world in the here and now, we need to meet them in the past and this programme helps our CAREGivers to do this. Dementia care often focuses on keeping the person with dementia from doing unwanted behaviours, thereby creating a behavioural void, but this programme focuses on supporting wanted behaviours.

“As specialists in at-home care for older people, a number of our clients are diagnosed with, or have symptoms of, Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, and it is important that we can do as much as possible to improve their quality of life. Our CAREGivers can share their knowledge with family members which will help to give them confidence in dealing with behaviours that can be irrational or hard to understand. I am confident that this sharing of knowledge will be invaluable in informing people about dementia across our local community and I would like to say well done to everyone who has completed the course successfully and will now be able to better support their clients with dementia.”

The Stockport office of Home Instead Senior Care is part of a national network of over 150 offices. For more information on all of the care available, please contact Home Instead Senior Care on 0161 480 0646 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home