Dementia: Your Care Options at Home

As part of The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week, we’ll be bringing you a series of blog posts relating to dementia, offering advice, tips and information for those people who are living with, or affected by dementia.

When it comes to dementia, everyone is unique.  Individuals will require differing levels or care and support and will have a range of family dynamics. 

Many people want to look after their family member themselves, however if you are already balancing a number of different roles (parent, partner, employee) the added pressure of looking after an elderly parent can become very stressful. 

If the time has come when you feel you need extra support, there are several options you can look into.  Often residential care is the first-thing that springs to mind, however that isn’t the only option available.  With quality support at home, your loved one can retain their independence and live well with dementia. 

So what are your options for dementia care at home?

Regular CAREGiver visits

If your loved one needs regular care, this can still be managed at home.  The benefits of care in the comfort of their familiar surroundings can far outweigh that of the upheaval of residential care.

CAREGiver visits can be as frequent as you need them to be – with bespoke care plans available, care is completely tailored around the needs of the individual. 

Whether it’s an extra helping hand with the housekeeping, shopping trips a couple of times a week or daily visits to assist with personal care or medication, support can be as little or as often as you need.  

Regular visits are great for companionship too – conversation and engagement is really beneficial to a person living with dementia.  Through non-rushed, regular visits your loved ones can build up a great relationship with their CAREGiver, offer reassurance to you that they are in the best possible hands when you’re not around. 

Respite care

There is no doubt about it, dementia care is hard work.  Everyone needs a break, and that includes family members too.  Too often, loved ones continue to look after parents or grandparents without a break for themselves because they feel guilty about leaving them or they simply don’t have any other form of support in place.

Respite care can offer you temporary relief, designed for you to take a well-earned rest or attend to other commitments.  Not only does respite care enable carers to take a break, it also gives the person with dementia an opportunity to socialise with someone different, and often regain a level of independence.  So don’t feel guilty about taking a break, respite can be beneficial for both of you.

Live-in care

As dementia progresses there may come a time when you need to acknowledge that your family member needs full time care for their dementia. 

Moving into residential care can be stressful for both the person and their loved ones which is why live-in care is becoming a popular and very viable alternative.  Staying in their own home, the person with dementia will be able to retain daily routines, familiar environments and continue to see friendly faces such as family members and neighbours.

If there is a spare room in the home, then a live-in carer could be the answer offering support around the clock – cooking favourite meals, keeping the house clean and tidy and supporting with morning and evening routines including personal care.

Benefits of Dementia Care at home

Dementia can be complex, and people living with the condition will consequently require different levels of support.  

However, research has found that dementia patients respond extremely well to care in the familiarity of their own home. 

Home Instead provide care for people living with dementia at all stages.  Our CAREGivers are all Dementia Friends and have all received specialist training and have a comprehensive understanding of the condition and all the complexities that come with it.  

We understand how difficult it can be for families to transition to care, so we want to be able to make the process as smooth and simple as possible for you.  If you have any questions about dementia care and the support that we can offer to both you and your family member, then please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss an appropriate package of care.