How quickly an individual deteriorates will depend on many factors. Being able to recognise step changes in both behaviour and functions is all part of the caring process. Which is why our care givers are trained and experienced in the different stages of dementia.
It’s often the family members who struggle with the care elements of a loved one with dementia. Knowing the individual and witnessing how it affects the quality of life is upsetting. Seeking additional help and support often creates feelings of guilt. Perhaps you have reached this point.
Support for your family when you need it
One of the most important things is being able to support a family member so they can stay in their own home. A familiar, safe and comforting environment. This is probably top of the list for many people.
Simple tasks such as making a cup of tea or getting dressed in the morning can become quite a challenge. But with a little help, these are easily done. Continuing to complete these tasks will provide you with a sense of continuity and reassurance.
There are times when living with dementia in your own house has added danger. Usually around mealtimes when food is being prepared and cooked in the kitchen. Lending a hand on these occasions ensures everyone remains safe. Family members can be reassured that someone is managing the whole situation.
How dementia can affect the individual
Because dementia is a disease that affects the brain it does have an impact on a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. You may experience a number of instances where everything is not as it has always been.
Short-term memory loss and a frequent repetition of the same question within a relatively short period of time
Struggling to process the answers to your questions
Trying to find the right words either the name of a person or an everyday object
Understanding what you are
saying to them and putting context around it
Mood swings which can vary from elation to complete frustration and agitation
Affecting movement and reduced mobility
Dementia is a progressive disease so not all these elements will be seen at the same time. They will also change in terms of the degree of severity which is where our trained care givers can help.
Where help can be targeted
Certain activities can prove more challenging if you have dementia. A carer will support you with these so you remain in your own home.
Often patients are on regular medication. Care givers will prompt this at the appropriate time. They will also lock the tablets away so multiple doses cannot be taken by mistake when the carer is not there.
Supporting patients with a daily shower or bath. The act of getting dressed and choosing what to wear can be a bit daunting. Having someone there to help will make all the difference. Patients often have no sense of time so this is an important routine to start or end the day.
Eating a regular healthy diet is really important for overall well-being. Help to prepare and serve meals will ensure this happens. It also keeps everyone safe in a potentially hazardous environment.
Housekeeping tasks are often carried out. Our patients like to be part of this and work alongside the carer to wash, clean or polish their home. Putting the bins out on the right collection day can also be done.
Maintaining an active social life is good for patients. Perhaps a little apprehensive about going out and socialising. Our care givers provide the necessary support to continue with this type of activity.
“Having that someone to talk to has made my life that much more enjoyable”
— Kristen Molloy – Bedfordshire
Frequently asked questions
Do you have a continuity of care givers?
We understand the importance of a familiar face visiting you on a regular basis. Our staff rotas are managed to ensure we can provide the same care givers every week. You need to feel comfortable in your own home. Whilst our care givers must understand your needs and how they can help you.
Will I be kept in the loop before any decisions are made?
We firmly believe in working as a team. You are part of that team. Which is why we ensure everybody is kept up to date with the current situation. This is done either through a conversation directly with you or in writing.
Are your care givers specifically trained to look after dementia patients and people with challenging behaviours?
Yes, we are. The nature of these conditions and the behaviour you can expect, will mean we need to train all our carers specifically in these areas. Knowing how to react and deal with any scenario is vital. Without this sort of training, a situation could quickly escalate which is certainly something we want to avoid.
Can your care givers cook full meals?
Our care givers can quite easily cook a full meal for our Clients. Many just want a bit of company or help with preparing and cooking a meal. They are keen to maintain a level of independence for as long as possible. We can do all of this, depending on what the Client wants to do.
Can care givers follow specific nutrition and diet plans for Patients?
When a Care Plan is set-up all these details will be covered. It’s important to give our Clients what they need. Which is why the Care Plan is so important. Specifying what is needed will help our care givers provide the best possible care. This will include nutritional needs and dietary requirements.