Information & Resources
What is Dementia?
According to the NHS, dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. It can include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental agility, language, understanding and judgement. People living with dementia can become uninterested in their usual activities, find social situations challenging and have difficulties controlling their emotions. As dementia affects a person's mental abilities, maintaining their independence may become a problem, therefore a person with dementia will usually need help from friends or relatives.
Top Tips for Living with Dementia
Some of our CAREGivers visit clients with dementia on a daily basis. We asked them to make a note of useful tips when caring for their clients.
- Write down things you want to remember, either in a diary or on a calendar.
- Pin a weekly timetable to the wall.
- Put labels on cupboards to be able to find things easier.
- Have a daily newspaper to remind you of the date and day.
- Have a list of telephone numbers next to the phone.
- Write reminders, such as sticking a note on the front door to remind you to take your keys.
- Use direct debits, so you don't forget to pay bills.
- Use a blister pack or organiser box for medication to remind you when and what to take.
What can Home Instead Senior Care provide?
Confidence to Care, published by Home Instead combines personal stories with practical techniques and is drawn from decades of caring experience from family carers, professional carers, and internationally recognised experts in ageing and dementia. It is an essential handbook to becoming more confident in understanding, managing and helping alleviate dementia-related behavioural symptoms.
In addition to this, Helping Families Cope is a free guide designed especially for those who are caring for a loved one with dementia and includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage their behaviours.
Home Instead Senior Care provides CAREGivers with specialist training programmes designed to provide the skills needed to deliver high quality relationship led care to those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
If you are interested in our care services or would like to obtain a copy of Helping Families Cope, please get in touch by calling 01937 220520.
When joining Home Instead Senior Care, our CAREGivers receive a certified level of training in fraudulent activity against seniors. We believe by giving them this training, they can help fight against mass marketing scams where in particular older and more vulnerable people are at risk.
The Senior Fraud Toolkit contains a variety of resources such as checklists on how family carers and older people can spot scams and identify the types of scams used. In addition to this, the toolkit includes some useful tips on how to stay safe and protect seniors against fraud, and a Criminal Target Scale which allows CAREGivers, family carers and older people a way to assess how likely they are to be a potential target of a scam.
If you have concerns that your loved one is being targeted by fraudsters, or would just like some further information, please click the link for a downloadable copy of our Senior Fraud Toolkit.
Should you wish to have a more detailed discussion, please contact us at our Wetherby office on 01937 220510.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is very dangerous. Not only is CO odourless and invisible, it is extremely toxic. Exposure to CO can cause brain damage and affect the nervous system and memory. Approximately 40-50 people in the UK die each year from CO poisoning, and it is responsible for sending 4000 people to A&E per year.
How to spot the risks:
Any carbon based fuel that does not burn properly is a risk. It is not limited to just mains gas. For example;
- Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
- Coal fires
- Charcoal BBQ's
- Wood fires (including burners)
- Petrol/oil engines and heaters
- Cooking practices
Have a look for:
- Yellow/orange lazy flames (instead of blue)
- Sooty, yellow or brown marks around the gas fire/cooker
- Excessive condensation - windows and walls
- Signs of scorching around the fire
- Pilot light keeps going out
Elderly people with sensory deprivation are most at risk from CO poisoning. There are many different types of CO alarms which can be fitted in your house which are a great source of protection for elderly and vulnerable people. They range from around £20-£60 depending on which one you buy, but you must ensure it has a BS EN 50291 code.
Symptoms - What to look out for:
- Loss of consciousness
- Metallic taste
A common first symptom is being unusually tired, similar to flu and food poisoning and seems to last a long time.
Symptoms may disappear or reduce when outside of the home and reappear when returning.
Other family members, visitors or pets may suffer the same symptoms.
The symptoms may get worse in winter.
Emergency scenario - What to do:
1) Get out of the house as soon as possible
2) Turn off the gas, all appliances and open all windows
3) Call the emergency services
4) If you feel unwell, go to a GP or A&E
Just remember not to put yourself at risk!
Steps to take if you suspect there might be a risk of low level CO poisoning in your or somebody else's home:
1) Suggest a registered gas engineer visits (but this will cost)
2) If unresolved, an option might be to put a CO detector in the house for 24 hours
- Get your gas appliances checked annually and always use a Gas Safe Registered engineer (www.gassaferegister.co.uk 08004085500)
- Sweep chimneys regularly
- Fit an audible CO alarm and make sure it meets the BS EN 50291 standard
As we contacted you at such short notice, just before Christmas, we half expected that you would be unable to arrange anything before Christmas. Instead Alison was extremely helpful and efficient in setting up carers which allowed Gramdma to come home from hospital on Christmas Eve. Throughout the period of care given, Alison continued to be a source of advice and help in allowing us as a family to cope with Grandma’s needs. Also all the carers we met were extremely impressive, not only in their efficiency, but also in their manner – they obviously see it as a vocation, not just “a job”. Grandma really bonded with them all and they brightened her day considerably, due to their bubbly and cheerful manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending your firm to friends or relatives. Please pass on our grateful thanks to everyone involved.Mr & Mrs N and Mr & Mrs C – Grandchildren of client at Harewood