At Home Instead Weston we are passionate about delivering Specialist Dementia Care & Support.
What we can do:
Our Dementia services enable family members to feel confident to go out to work, attend appointments or have a day of respite safe in the knowledge that their loved one is safe and well. Our CAREGivers work hard with the individual to form strong relationships built on continuity and trust. This enables them to be a familiar part of the individual’s life and help them achieve goals that would not be possible without this support. Our Care Manager and the chosen CAREGiver will work with the individual and their family to find out all details about the individual, past, present and future, to ensure we provide person-centred and individual care.
Life Journals – For our clients with dementia we like to use a life journal. This is a space to record details such as past jobs, hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes of the client. It can detail their favourite songs, films and people who mean a lot to them. This information is used as a conversation point, and also to plan relevant activities that the client will enjoy. The information can be filled in by friends and family and even by the client themselves if they are able to. If their dementia progresses, or we meet them at a late stage of their dementia, it can be a valuable tool to ensure we have got to know them as an individual and can provide quality, person-centred care.
Our dementia training programme for our CAREGivers is fully accredited by City & Guilds. CAREGivers are trained during their induction to Home Instead; once qualified, they can then top up their knowledge by doing distance learning courses in Dementia and also Challenging Behaviour which we offer on a regular basis throughout the year. We like to ensure that all our CAREGivers have an in depth understanding of dementia, behaviours that could present a challenge, and ways to create a fulfilling and meaningful companionship visit for someone with dementia.
As part of our ongoing mission to remain Dementia-Friendly, we offer FREE Dementia Workshops to the public. We have local professionals, friends/family of clients, or friends/families who care for their own loved ones with dementia attend. They always prove to be very helpful and we receive great feedback. The last one we held was in May, so keep a lookout for the next workshop date on our social media pages.
We also work closely with the Alzheimer’s Society, holding fundraising events and awareness days to help them. We have donated copies of our Confidence to Care book, published by Home Instead, to the Alzheimer’s Society. This is a useful book full of help and advice for unpaid carers having to support a loved one with their care needs. Giving these to the Alzheimer’s Society enables them to lend them out to people they are in contact with, to offer them some guidance.
“A Home Instead Companion has been coming to visit my husband (who has vascular dementia) for the past few months. From the very first visit the benefit to my husband and me has been enormous. I could not have asked for anyone more suitable to care for my husband.” – This is feedback from one of our clients. The CAREGiver uses his visits with the client as a time to reminisce and share stories, taking him to points of interest and encouraging him to pursue lost hobbies. The CAREGiver is fully understanding of the client’s life history, interests and ways to engage him. He uses this knowledge gained from extensive dementia training to ensure all visits are enjoyable, meaningful and beneficial to the client and his wife. This ensures we provide excellent person-centred care, rather than taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Another client’s daughter said said she can’t praise her mum’s CAREGiver enough, she is amazing and her mum is so much more settled since she has been going in. This client has Dementia and is supported by us to live independently in her own home. She has the same regular CAREGiver every visit for continuity. Our CAREGiver (who has been fully dementia trained) has been able to help the client with many things the family was unable to do themselves.
“With Home Instead’s comprehensive dementia training and ongoing support, one approaches visits to clients with confidence.” – Feedback from one of our CAREGivers who has regular clients with Dementia.
One of our part time CAREGivers has just been announced as a finalist in a local Care Awards. The award she is up for is the Specialist Dementia Care Award at Care Support West’s annual Care Awards. The judging is based on how the CAREGiver has supported the individual needs of someone with dementia and helped enhance their life, enabling them to live to the fullest and remain a unique individual like the rest of us, and not a number.