People diagnosed with dementia need friendly faces, familiar surroundings and routines in their lives
When someone is living with dementia, any change in their surroundings and routine can cause distress. To enable their loved one to stay in the comfort of their own homes, rather than seek residential care, many families are resulting to at-home care.
At Cedars Home Care, we have specialists all over the country who are dedicated to supporting individuals living with dementia, helping them live at home with independence, and we have decades of experience under our belt in this department. That is why caretakers and managers who undergo specialist dementia training with us pass with flying colours and get accredited.
We are registered, managed and regulated fully by the Care Quality Commission, giving you the peace of mind you need knowing that you are dealing with professionals.
Many people in England are facing challenges because of dementia and its accompanying loss of memory, and we are assisting them in coping with the condition on a daily basis. We are here to relieve the strain your family is under, considering dementia is an occasionally-debilitating condition with many stages and hundreds of strains, and provide a caretaker to help your loved one live a semblance of a normal life.
Contact us now and get all the information you need with the specialist dementia at-home care we provide.
When talking about dementia, we mean the group of conditions and symptoms that negatively affect the memory and brain of an individual.
The brain contains nerve cells called neurons (in the millions) that send chemical signals as a means of communication. When the neurons get damaged, there is a communication breakdown in the brain because the brain can’t send messages efficiently, affecting various bodily functions in the process. This is the effect that dementia has on a person.
How a person with dementia can be taken care for
When a loved one has dementia, you will see that they will have difficulties completing everyday tasks they used to do with ease. They might forget what they need to buy at the grocery store, get anxious at the thought of cooking a meal or get confused about where to place the dirty dishes.
If you want to support them, try creating a daily schedule that gives them the chance to do these tasks in a safe and monitored environment where they can get help when they need it.
Your loved one may need more and more support as the condition advances. However, you can still make them feel productive, which can alleviate any negative feelings of uselessness, by making sure they are involved in the day-to-day tasks somehow.
Understanding dementia care
Providing your loved one with the care and support they need to continue living in the comfort of their home is what dementia care is about. While maintaining the individual’s independence, our caretakers do their best to maintain a routine that you find suitable.Our highly-trained caretakers are always on hand whenever you need them for assistance. It doesn’t matter if you just want to see your relative in the morning and make sure they have a nutritious breakfast or want to know that they are safe during the night with our ongoing live-in care. Our caretakers can also help with the following things:
- Social interaction, activities and hobbies
Encourage them to maintain good health
As long as someone is healthy and fit, the quality of life will be good. The symptoms of dementia can be worsened, causing them to become irritable and confused, when they consume a poor diet; since this makes them more vulnerable to sickness.
If your relative isn’t being very active, aim to have them exercise more often. You can easily increase their level of activity and mobility by helping them perform simple chair exercises:
Here are some NHS-recommended exercises:
- Upper-body twist – reach for the shoulders with arms crossed over the chest. Now, turn the upper body towards the left side while making sure your hips aren't moving. Do this five times on both sides (left and right).
- Chest stretch – while sitting in the upright position, push the shoulders backwards while pulling your back away from the chair. Then, extend both arms to the side while pushing the chest outwards. Do this until you start feeling the stretch.
- Ankle stretch – with your leg straighten, lift it. Stretch toes so they are pointed outwards and then back at you. Aim for two sets and five repetitions on the left, and then do the same of the right.
- Hip marching – while holding the chair on the sides, lift the left leg as high as you can while making sure the knee is bent. Do this five times on both sides.
Encouraging interests and hobbies
Even though someone is living with dementia, it does not mean their interests and hobbies are no longer a concern for them. They may just need assistance in doing them.
Your relative can love reading the newspaper everyday but may find it hard to go to their favorite newsstand. By going to pick it up for them, you can help them stay updated on current events so they don’t miss a thing.
When your loved one is engaged in their hobbies and interests, it means they will be mentally stimulated and enjoy themselves in the process.
Dementia specialists and ongoing support
Looking after people with dementia is a challenging and frightening task. The person looking after someone with dementia needs to know how to make living conditions easier for the individual. Luckily, we provide specialist training to our caretakers to make sure they can take on this task.
Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes, and we realised this at Cedars Home Care. That is why we provide home care since we know that maintaining this environment and all its associated routines is crucial. By opting for our services, your relative will be looked after by faces they find familiar (you also get to familiarize yourself with the caretakers).
We are available round-the-clock to discuss and find a home care option that is suitable for you. We can call you if you request a callback or you can reach us at 0300 124 5231.