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The benefits of live-in dementia care at home

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Dementia affects more than 850,000 people only in the United Kingdom. More than half of the Guardian Carers clients are suffering from dementia. The best type of dementia care available is live-in dementia care.

At Guardian Carers we tailor your live-in dementia care to your specific needs. Read on to know more about the benefits of live-in dementia care and how Guardian Carers can help you live life independently.

What is live-in dementia care?

Dementia is a condition which affects the brain function. Dementia progresses over time. Live-in dementia care is designed to allow you to live life as independently as possible and allow to slow down the progression of this condition.

Live-in dementia care is the most comprehensive type of care. This is because it encompasses all your needs and requirements to a T. More and more people in the UK are turning to specialised care at home in order to help themselves or their loved ones battle dementia in safe hands.

Our live-in dementia care is focused on your specific needs and requirements. Guardian Carers has a multitude of highly qualified and experienced live-in dementia carers who are prepared to deal with any type of unexpected situations and behaviours of dementia. Live-in dementia carers’ main focus is on your health and wellbeing.

Live-in dementia care is multi-faceted. Live-in dementia care focuses on anything from personal care to physiotherapy exercises to mental exercises and even housekeeping. The purpose of live-in dementia care is to enable people suffering from dementia to live their golden years as independently and as healthily as possible.

The needs and requirements of a person with dementia will progress over the course of time but Guardian Carers is here to support every step of the way. In the early stages of dementia, we may provide part-time dementia care or live-out dementia care. As the needs change, there is the possibility to move into full-time dementia care or live-in dementia care, which is the most comprehensive type of care.

How can a live-in dementia carer support you at home?

A live-in dementia carer can help you or your loved ones with anything you may need. The priority of a live-in dementia carer, first and foremost, is on the health and wellbeing of the person receiving live-in dementia care.

A live-in dementia carer will be with you or your loved one since morning to nighttime. They will be there to assist with morning and nighttime routines and everything in between. A live-in dementia carer will assist will all aspects of personal care, from teeth cleaning to incontinence management.

Besides assisting with daily personal care needs, they will also be there to ensure that the receiver of dementia care is in good health. They will be able to monitor the health of the person on a daily basis and make sure that medicines are taken on time.

What is also important is that live-in dementia carers can liaise with nurses and doctors, making sure the dementia sufferer is following doctor’s orders. In case of any surgeries or trips to the GP or medical professionals, a live-in dementia carer will be there every step of the way, even when family members cannot be.

Being active is an essential part of slowing down the progression of dementia over time. The live-in dementia carer can ensure that you or your loved ones are following a physiotherapy programme or simply enjoying casual daily walks through the park.

A live-in dementia carer will also ensure that you or your loved one is also engaged mentally. They can engage in games of puzzles or chess or anything else that they are enjoying. Music therapy is another way in which dementia carers can stimulate memory.

Apart from making sure of health and wellbeing and slowing down the progression of dementia, live-in dementia care also encompasses nutrition and housekeeping. A live-in dementia carer will ensure that you or your loved one are following a specific nutrition plan if need be. They will also be there to take care of all housekeeping chores necessary.

What live-in dementia care services are available?

Guardian Carers on average places 50% live-in dementia carers. Our live-in dementia care services focus solely on you or your loved one’s health, wellbeing and independence. That is why we ensure that you get the best of the best live-in dementia carers.

Our vetting procedures for live-in dementia carers are the most intense in the business. We only accept carer with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the care industry. They then come to meet our specialist consultants for a face to face interview where their experience and qualifications are discussed at length.

The next step is ensuring their references are verbally checked. We also ensure that they have an enhanced DBS/ Police check. We then ask them for a First Aid Certificate. Specifically, in the case of dementia care, we make sure that the carers have had vast experience in working with people suffering from this condition. We would never place a carer without dementia experience in your home.

The process of securing live-in dementia care from Guardian Carers is very easy and straight-forward. From your first point of contact, you will be assigned a personal consultant who will strive to find you a live-in dementia carer suitable for you or your loved one’s specific needs.

Once your live-in dementia care needs have been established, the search for your ideal carer begins. Your personal consultant will send you dementia carer profiles suitable for your needs, which you can choose from.

After you have picked your favourite live-in dementia carers you have the unique chance of meeting the carers face to face for your own interviews. Once you’ve chosen the live-in dementia carer to suit your needs, we will take care of payroll and contracts. All you need to do next is enjoy living your life at home with your exceptional live-in dementia carer from Guardian Carers.

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