It’s worrying when you’re faced with the reality that a loved one is living with dementia and increased memory loss and are struggling to cope. Many family carers often feel guilty that they become overwhelmed and stressed when helping their relative with their daily needs – they may ask questions such as ‘where can I get the best care?’, ‘how can my loved one continue to enjoy their life?’, ‘how can I better manage their changing needs’?
If these are questions you’ve been asking yourself, you may want to consider dementia care at home. Allowing your relative to receive the right care can be done in the comfort of their own home – providing them with familiarity in a place packed with memories. Here, we’re going to go over several great reasons why you should consider home dementia care.
Caring for people with dementia at home
When a loved one with dementia is declining, the option that may immediately spring to mind would be a specialised care facility where dedicated staff can attend to their needs. However, live-in dementia care at home is becoming increasingly popular with families who want their relatives to remain in their homes.
A dedicated specialised carer will come to live with your relative, providing them with round-the-clock care, getting to know their preferences and daily routines to create as much familiarity as possible.
The major benefits that live-in dementia care provides, include:
All the care they need, in a familiar environment
Your loved one will stay in the home that they love with all their favourite things, furniture and memories surrounding them. This can help them to quickly settle into the new routine of having a live-in carer around – instead of moving to a completely new place and people they have no memories of, they’ll only have to get used to a single person being on hand.
Provides them with a space of their own
There’s always somewhere to get away for peace and quiet in their own home – not so in a care facility. While socialising is important, they’ll also need to enjoy the pleasure of their own company and thus, having their own familiar space will place a vital role in this.
Maintains their routines
As we get older, we can get stuck in our ways (some of us already are!), so it can be confusing and distressing when you must adapt to somewhere new, someone else’s routine. For individuals with dementia, this applies tenfold. There is plenty of evidence that sticking to a familiar environment and schedule will help maintain a person’s function and independence – keeping things regular is a key component of living at home with dementia.
Family and friends will be close by
Staying at home means that family and friends will remain close – familiar faces that again, would greatly help a person with dementia. Being away from the people you’ve come to know will cause a degree of worry, panic and stress – keeping them at home around the people they know will alleviate some of these concerns.
Receive dedicated one-to-one care
With a devoted carer provided by live-in dementia care at home, your loved one will receive all the support and help they need, without you worrying about them being neglected because of the demands placed on care home workers (who are often assigned to multiple people). Instead, all the needs of your relative will be looked after as and when they need it – undoubtedly preserving their quality of life for as long as possible.
Gabriel’s Angels: How our live-in dementia care works
As an example of how live-in dementia care service works, we are going to use our own to illustrate the basics. We create personalised care plans that have been designed around helping people with memory loss to accept having home care visits. They are written together with the client and their loved ones; gathering memories and understanding how they like to have things done and what they like to do. With words being difficult for some people with dementia, their feelings eventually become the best way to communicate; this is why we also take the time to build up a system of non-verbal communication with our clients.
Ultimately, we want to make you or your loved one feel happy, safe and secure.
- They will remain at home, in a familiar environment packed with memories.
- To build their confidence and encourage engagement.
If you are considering dementia care at home for your loved one, why not consider getting in touch with the expert live-in care team here at Gabriel’s Angels to learn more? We can provide all the advice you need to make the right decision.
Contact our team to learn more about dementia care at home
All our personal carers are trained to the same high standard – our clients are assured of exemplary care and improved quality of life, while the training our staff undertake continually evolves based on the most up to date industry requirements.
To learn more about dementia care at home – including how your loved one’s particular requirements can be catered for – do not hesitate to give us a call on 01183 320 099. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.