Dementia Homecare gives you the help and support you need to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.
Everything we do is built around you and your needs. We make sure that the care we give you fits your life, needs and preferences. We can provide everything from a daily visit to 24-hour live-in care – everything you need to keep you safe, happy and secure in your own home.
What is home care?
Home care is the provision of care and support for all your daily needs, this can range from live in care to daily visits up to 4 times a day.
During your care assessment we can discuss which is the most suitable level of care to enable you to live your life in a balanced and appropriate way. Our carers will support you with personal care, medication needs, assisting with meals which can be up to three times a day, mobility needs and social interaction.
We take the time to ensure that all aspects of care are discussed with you before the commencement of your care to provide the most suitable package for you and you family. We have a dedicated Nurse who oversees and supports our care team to ensure that all medical needs are met, along with support with wound dressing and monitoring of any pressure sores. Care staff are trained to do ongoing risk assessments to ensure that the environment and the care provided is safe, compliant, and appropriate.
Dementia Homecare office is available to support you with any queries or further needs you wish to discuss. We work with local support teams such as OT’s, dietitians and Social Services to ensure the right level of care and support is being provided.
If you would like to know more about Dementia Homecare please fill in the form provided on this website or give us a call on 01628 ??????? all information discussed will be treated as confidential.
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What is Dementia?
Alzheimer’s – 33% Vascular – 20% Frontotemporal – 12% Lewy Bodies 10%
The word dementia comes from Latin, De means apart and mens meaning mind. Dementia is a group of symptoms that affects mental cognitive tasks, such as memory and reasoning.
Dementia is an umbrella term that the specific types of Dementia fall under. There are four main types of dementia listed above which were statistics of under 65’s, and one in 14 for people over the age of 65, but there are many more.
Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. This was reported in 2019
It is essential to a person’s wellbeing and dignity that they are seen as individuals who have had incredible experiences, aspirations and opinions. Every person should feel valued and offered opportunities and support to express themselves and continue to develop a sense of who they are and what they want.
Care staff can help by working in partnership with a person to:
- Find out about their life history, interests and beliefs and to tailor the support and opportunities offered with this in mind.
- Making sure that they are offered choices with their own clothes and the way they like to dress and their food preferences.
- Provide support with any choice or decisions they want to make.
- Help the person maintain their relationships and to develop new ones
It is our duty to support the individualism of everyone in our care and treat them with respect and dignity.
Safe at home
Safety around the home becomes a life-and-death issue for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, especially as the disease progresses. People living with dementia may have the following problems that can put them in danger around the home:
- Disorientation that causes confusion about where they are
- Limited coordination and mobility
- Temperature of the home – hyperthermia
- Dehydration and malnutrition
Carers and family members supporting a person living with dementia, should look at making upgrades to their homes to help avoidance of falls and other accidents, as well as to prevent your loved one from wandering off and becoming lost. In the late stage of dementia, other physical safety concerns develop, including the ability to safely lift and move your loved one and the prevention of bedsores due to lack of mobility.
This is where home care steps in to support you and your loved one, outside bodies such as OT’s and Social Services can be involved and help advise you to help set your home up to be as safe an environment as possible, Also, the fire brigade can do home assessments on safety, prevention and precautions of any risks. And with regular home care visits to help support and monitor your loved one to keep them safe. Our support will ensure promotion and continuation of independence and wellbeing for as long as possible.
Nutrition and Hydration
Eating and drinking for anyone is important to stay healthy, which in turn helps to improve one’s quality of life and well-being. There are various reasons why someone living with Dementia may lose their appetite. This can range from depression, communication, pain, tiredness, medication and lack of physical activity.
Communication, someone one living with dementia can have trouble telling you that they are hungry or thirsty. This is where staff need to know and understand why someone’s mood changes, look at the time of day and work out what it could be that they need. Prompting or pictures could help with this, even signing with gestures.
Physical activity can help improve and promote a good appetite, sitting and doing nothing all day it is highly likely your appetite will be diminished as you are not burning anything off. With hydration our bodies are generally made up of 62% of our weight in water so it is really important to have the correct levels of hydration which improves the brain function.
These needs will be supported by Dementia Homecare and your home care visits in line with your personal care plan created around your individually based needs. All Nutrition and Hydration supported will be recorded on our PCS care monitoring system.