We are recognised as one the UK’s leading dementia care specialists, and our team have many years experience in supporting people with dementia to live an independent life at home. Our passion for dementia care starts at the top – our MD Mark Hamer, whose own mother had Alzheimer’s, holds a degree in Dementia Studies and our senior team all hold the Leadership in Dementia Care qualification from the University of Worcester.
We are Worcestershire's only CQC 'Outstanding' rated Home Care provider, recognised for being specialists in caring for those with dementia in all its forms, including young onset dementia.
We are the only Care provider in the UK that trains its Caregivers with a unique City and Guilds qualification in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
With Home Instead you have the peace of mind of a fully managed, licensed and regulated service registered with the CQC.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA CARE?
Dementia care is all about helping you or a relative to have the support they need to carry on living in their own home. As an organisation that has worked closely with Alzheimer’s Society and is a member of the UK Dementia Action Alliance, our Caregivers always work to follow a routine that our clients are used to and comfortable with, maintaining independence as much as possible, and always promoting the highest standard of care for the person they’re supporting.
Whether you just need someone to check on your loved one first thing in the morning and help with personal care or breakfast, or continuous live in care or overnight care to make sure they’re safe during the night, you can be assured that our City and Guilds qualified Caregivers will be on hand to help whenever you need them. They can also assist with other areas, such as:
Helping with mobility
Facilitating hobbies, activities, and social interaction
Preparing meals and tending to household tasks
How do you care for someone with dementia?
You may find that your loved one is having difficulty recalling past memories, family members or life events.
To support them you can help communicate with them through their identity – like their background, hobbies, interests and who is important to them. To help you do this, we’ve put together a Life Story book specially developed with the Mayo Institute with to help you capture your loved one’s memories and reminisce with them.
As their condition deteriorates, your loved one may need an increased amount of support. However, through still involving them in their everyday tasks, you will allow them to feel useful and may alleviate any negative feelings regarding their self-worth.
Assured by the fact that a loved one is getting the best of support it is important that precious time is afforded to family carers to have some ‘down-time’, as many family members have little idea of the stress, strain and threat to their own health and wellbeing looking after someone with dementia can bring.
Encouraging good health
The longer people stay fit and healthy for, the better quality of life they have. This is because if someone has an unhealthy diet or hydration, they can be susceptible to illnesses which can increase the effects of dementia and cause further confusion and agitation.
It may be that your Caregiver tries some easy exercises with your loved one if they have not been very active previously. Gentle exercises performed from a chair can help to improve mobility and increase activity. For example the NHS recommend these movements:
Chest stretch – sitting upright, pull your back from the chair and push your shoulders back. While extending your arms out to the side, gently push your chest out until you feel a stretch.
Upper-body twist – cross your arms over your chest and reach for your shoulders. Turn your upper body to the left without moving your hips, repeat this five times for each side.
Hip marching – hold on to the sides of the chair and lift your left leg up as high up as is comfortable, keeping the knee bent. Do five of these lifts with each leg.
Ankle stretch – straighten and lift your leg until it is off the floor. Point your toes away and then back towards you. Try doing two sets of five of these stretches with each foot.
Keeping up hobbies and interests
Just because someone is diagnosed with dementia does not mean that they automatically lose all interest in their hobbies. However, they may need some help with facilitating these.
Your loved one could enjoy reading a daily newspaper but find it difficult to go down to their local shop. Assisting them by quickly picking it up means that they will still be able keep up to date with current events and have not needed to miss out on this.
Allowing them to still engage in their interests mean that your loved one will be able to have mental stimulation and will bring a lot of pleasure.
All Home Instead Caregivers are mobile and can encourage and assist with trips out, whether to appointments, to see old friends or attend social occasions or just a quiet cup of coffee and a walk round the garden centre.
Continuity of support from the dementia specialists
We all acknowledge that caring for people with dementia can be daunting and challenging. That’s why we train each and every one of our carers so they’re experts in dementia care and understand how to make life easier for those living with the condition. As a large proportion of our clients have some form of dementia, it’s why we’ve worked hard to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in dementia care.
We recognise that the homes of our customers aren’t just buildings. Home is where we feel most comfortable and are happiest, it’s the place we know best and is the store of our most precious and longest lasting memories. When caring for someone with dementia, this continuity and consistency of environment and routine is absolutely vital, and because your loved one will be cared for by the same familiar faces, the benefits of this continuity will be felt by you too.
Get in touch now.
If you would like to discover more about how we could help with dementia care, call us for a no obligation confidential chat on 01905 420404, or alternatively fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.