Dementia Care at Home Services16th February 2021
Let us put your mind at ease with dedicated, tailored dementia care at home for you or your loved one.
Seeing a loved one struggle with dementia can be upsetting. However, at Abbots Care, our specialist dementia care service is here to ensure they receive the very best care at home, so that you and your loved one can enjoy the things that matter.
There are many different types of dementia, and our specialist dementia home carers are highly trained and experienced with each type. We are a family-run home care organisation, and the dementia care services we offer our customers are bespoke and tailored to the needs of each individual. The high standards of care and support we give our customers is the same we would expect for our own families, and we are proud to offer CQC rated Outstanding home care services. Our specialist dementia carers are expertly trained at our training academy and are here to support you and your loved one, physically and emotionally, on your journey.
We offer local dementia home care services across the south east, and home care visits vary between as little as half an hour each day, through to round-the-clock dementia care at home. We can also provide emergency dementia respite care if your regular carer needs a break. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you and your family with our dementia care services.
Call us on 0330 094 5511
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the term for a range of similar progressive conditions that affect the normal functioning of the brain. The brain operates by sending and receiving messages from nerve cells, or neurones. Dementia causes these nerve cells to deteriorate, making it harder for the brain to function normally. It is typically associated with old age and comes in various forms that affect people differently.
Type of Dementia
There are six main types of dementia, each with their own causes and symptoms:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies
- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Mixed Dementia
- Young-Onset Dementia
- Vascular Dementia
Dementia can affect people in different ways, but a few of the most common symptoms are:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty communicating
- Mood swings
- Becoming confused easily
- Difficulty with numbers
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced attention span
- Disinterest in socialising
Although there is no cure for dementia, it can be managed with the right support and dementia care at home and in the community. Our dementia home care specialists are expertly trained to help those living with dementia lead fulfilling and rewarding lives, as well as supporting the wider family who are impacted by it.
To find out more about the types and symptoms of dementia, check out our blog: What is Dementia?
Why Choose Dementia Home Care?
Choosing dementia care at home over a nursing or residential care home enables your loved one to remain in familiar surroundings and close to friends and family, which will help keep them reassured and feeling safe. We know that every situation is different, which is why our dementia home care services are tailored specifically to each one of our customers’ individual requirements – so you can rest assured knowing that your loved one is receiving the right dementia care service for their needs.
We also understand that circumstances change over time, so we make it easy to adapt your dementia home care services to suit your situation. Many of our customers choose to make the transition from visiting care to domiciliary care over time, to ensure their loved ones are always receiving the appropriate levels of support.
Our approach to dementia care
Seeing a loved one struggle with dementia can be incredibly hard. At Abbots Care, we offer compassionate care that is built around the needs of our customers. Whether it’s little and often visiting care to help out with daily tasks, or personal care you can depend on, our dementia home carers are passionate about providing excellent levels of support.
Consistency is important when supporting people with dementia, so we work to match up your loved one with a regular carer, to allow them to see a familiar friendly face and feel safe. Wondering how to care for someone with dementia, to help them feel secure? We have a number of dementia home care suggestions, from memory aids and activities to the benefits of getting outdoors. Discover our innovative ideas for dementia care at home below.
How to care for someone with dementia
In the earlier stages of dementia, everyday tasks are still fairly easy to complete. But, as dementia progresses, your loved one may need some extra assistance with things like cooking meals, cleaning and going out.
However, if you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, it’s important to make them feel valued. Ask them to help you with various activities, like laying the table and doing the weekly food shop, to keep them engaged and active.
Our home care services for dementia provide help with these daily tasks, as well as additional emotional support – offering a helping hand and a friend.
Dementia home care memory aids
Memory aids can really help your loved one to continue to find their way around the house easily and safely. Placing labels on cupboards and drawers with a note on what’s inside, as well as labelling doors with which room they lead to, can really help to keep your loved ones feeling comfortable at home and reduce confusion. And this is just one of the benefits of dementia care at home – having the freedom to live in your own, familiar space, rather than having to adapt to new surroundings.
Activities for dementia care at home
Looking for dementia help at home? People living with the condition can still live full and enjoyable lives, and there are lots of things you can do to help them remain active – both mentally and physically. At home, try encouraging them to help you with puzzle-based activities like jigsaws, or even crosswords. Try to frequently talk about their life experiences and memories, and use photos to help them recognise friends and family members.
You could also look out for dementia-friendly activity groups or classes – such as dance, tai chi and swimming – that can enable your loved one to continue with an active lifestyle. Taking them to visit attractions, such as sensory gardens or following woodland trails, can also help to keep them engaged while also lifting their mood and getting that all-important fresh air.
We understand that caring for your loved one is important to you, but it can also be a lot to manage alone. At Abbots Care, we are there for you if you need a little extra help with any aspect of dementia care at home, and we can work with you to create a care package that suits everyone involved.
What is the cost of dementia care at home?
The cost of dementia care services varies depending on the complexity of support required. At Abbots Care, our services start from £21 per hour. We believe everyone is entitled to the highest level of care and compassionate support, so we conduct a thorough assessment to formulate a tailored plan of care for you or your loved one. Wondering how to fund the cost of dementia care? Get in touch today to speak to one of our care experts to find out how we can help. There are options for paying for home care, so we will help you to discuss your options.
The benefits of getting outdoors for dementia care
The great outdoors can be one of the untapped resources for helping a loved one when it comes to learning how to care for someone with dementia.
Most of us are aware of the benefits of spending a certain amount of time outdoors each week and try to fit this into our daily routines. The same is true for people living with dementia, and significant improvements to quality of life have been revealed for those who can get outdoors on a regular basis.
Physical and mental health benefits of dementia care outdoors
There are many reasons why spending time outdoors could really benefit people living with dementia, including sufficient intakes of vitamin D. Lack of this vital vitamin is associated with a range of conditions, including increased risk of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Lack of light can also result in poor sleep patterns as exposure is instrumental in setting the body clock.
Getting fresh air and exercise is also known to reduce stress levels and agitation, all important reasons to consider factoring in time outdoors for dementia care. Even as little as 10 or 15 minutes per day has been shown to improve mood, reduce agitation and enhance sleep patterns for those in adult care services.
Another great reason for outdoor exercise or fresh air is that it breaks the routine that so many service users fall into, and can encourage people to be more sociable and participate in light activities. This could be watering plants, light gardening, or for the less mobile just sitting outside to hear birdsong and experience daylight and fresh air – which is known to have a soothing effect.
Outdoor dementia care causes a reduction in cognitive decline
Even more importantly, studies have shown that light exercise and activity can help with cognitive decline and keep the brain active, while slowing down or warding off further cognitive deterioration. In older people, this activity is synonymous with greater hippocampal volumes, which is known to lead to improved spatial memory function.
Just as many of us can suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) this can also be the case for people with dementia. So encouraging outdoor dementia care at home can help to combat this. Even for people who are less mobile, simply sitting outside provides stimuli and fresh air.
Involving the family and dementia carers
For many people involved with caring for their loved ones, there is often an overwhelming desire to protect them – which can translate into staying indoors, because the thought of being outside can feel challenging and stressful. But, as with many areas of life, if carefully and appropriately planned it can be a real bonus for loved ones, service users and their respective dementia home carers.
This exercise can also be beneficial for family carers who may not be able to get out as much as they would like to. Where this is feasible, carers can begin to reap the benefits of being outdoors in order to keep active and reduce some of the stresses and strains of caring.
How Abbots Care dementia care services play a role in green exercise
Progressive adult care services have long realised the huge advantages of designing a safe outdoor space where residents can sit out, interact with carers, other services users and their families, and have a change of scenery in a green space. At Abbots Care we fully understand the need to address the requirements of our service users in a holistic way, which also means allowing space and time for outdoor activity and fresh air. That’s why we implement these activities into our dementia home care packages.
Simple outdoor activities can involve walking with service users or loved ones, making the most of fresh air and sunshine, or just appreciating nature. Another good idea can be a picnic outside and just being out for short periods of time. When you come to us for dementia care at home, we’ll work with you to pull together the best care plan for your loved one.
Resources to support dementia carers
But there are more innovative ideas for dementia care at home to consider. The internet provides a range of resources for those who want inspiration or encouragement about how to incorporate outdoor activities into their routine, be that family carers, a care training provider or those in care worker jobs who want new ideas. Organisations such as Dementia Adventure can recommend groups to support with outdoor activities in a range of locations across the country, and other sites such as Relish Life have nature activity packs to purchase and suggestions for dementia care at home. The Sensory Trust also have nature-based dementia games, ideas and activities that can be found on their website.
Find Dementia Care Services
Looking for dementia care at home? We provide our high-quality care services throughout the south and south east of England. Find your nearest Abbots Care branch today to arrange a free assessment.
Become a Dementia Carer
A career in care can be incredibly rewarding. At Abbots Care, we provide nationally recognised training and qualifications to help you begin your career home care for dementia patients. Head to our Abbots Care Jobs section to find out more about how you can benefit from our training courses, as well as our available dementia care jobs.
Those who are considering care worker jobs undertake full Care Training and receive support to enable them to fully understand the needs of the people they will be supporting. For many, the work is extremely rewarding and becomes an end in itself for those who decide to move into this role. For others, it provides invaluable experience that can lead to other jobs and careers in healthcare and associated professions.
Get in touch
Interested in getting some dementia help at home? Arrange your free assessment or speak to one of our specialist advisors by calling us on 0330 094 5511, or fill out the contact form below and a member of our team will be in touch. Our aim is to provide considerate, thorough care for those who need it, so we’ll work with you to create the perfect tailored dementia home care package for your needs.
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