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Dementia Care

What is Dementia Care at home?

Dementia is a disorder that affects the brain function, these conditions are progressive and eventually becomes severe, symptoms include memory loss, personality changes and impaired cognitive function. In the UK there are over 850,000 people battling with dementia and it is estimated to rise to 2 million by 2050. The need for specialized care for this illness in increasing at a rapid rate. Guardian Carers can provide your loved one with the medical care they need to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long a possible. Dementia causes memory loss, in the early stages of dementia it is important for your loved one to stay in familiar surroundings, around the people they love and the memories they have created.

At Guardian carers we have many different types of dementia care at home available, for example your care can be Full Time or Part Time and either Live In or Live Out. As dementia is a progressive illness we understand that your needs and requirements may change for example you may start off with needing a part time carer that comes for a few hours a day, to then over time need a Full Time Live In carer that can provide round the clock, 24 hour care every day.

Although usually are Part Time carers may not be medically trained, with dementia carers for the elderly to ensure you keep the same carer you have grown to love, all our carers will have the necessary medical training and availability to attend to your evolving needs and requirements.

Bespoke one on one care for Dementia

Choosing dementia care for the elderly can be the perfect compromise between remaining in your home and entering into a care home. Your carer can help make your everyday life easier by allowing you to focus more on the things and hobbies you enjoy the most. Your dementia carer can encourage you to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle by accompanying you to various classes or sharing healthy and nutritious recipes. By having a carer you are able to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it, your carer is there to provide support and assistance with whatever you choose.

Your dementia carer can help with almost anything from home care to personal care such as:

  • Helping with medication dispensing
  • Liaising with your doctors and family members
  • Keeping the household neat and organised
  • Making your favourite meals
  • Accompanying you to various social events and outings
  • Organising the laundry and ironing
  • Mobility support
  • Exchanging stories over a cup of tea
  • Running errands such as grocery shopping
  • Personal hygiene
  • Helping with home admin such as paying bills
  • Making reservations at your favorite cafes and restaurants

What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers?

Dementia is caused by a range of diseases that affect the brain function, by causing a loss of nerve cells. Dementia is the overall term used to describe the symptoms that impact memory loss, personality changes, communication capabilities and ability to perform day to day activities. People are able to have more than one type of dementia, known as mixed dementia.

Whereas Alzeihmers is a specific type of dementia, Alzeihmers is the most common form of dementia. Alzeihmers is the loss in memory and cognitive functions as the chemicals between the nerve cells in the brain are lost

Although no treatment is currently available for those living with dementia, the above proposals show hope that treatment is possible. At Guardian Carers we understand that often the worst part of growing older, particularly when living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, can be the loneliness and restrictions. Our registered carers are highly trained and will do everything possible to make your life easier: whether that’s helping with the household chores, taking you to see friends and family, or even just chatting over a cup of tea.

Choosing to hire from an agency

Deciding to get dementia care assistance for you or your loved one is a huge task and very time consuming. You want to find someone who best matches your requirements and needs, able to work the hours you need them for and ensure they are qualified to help you in an emergency situation. The advantages of home care assistance agency are as follows:

1. Supply of vetted carers

The agency will go through an in depth vetting procedure that involves an enhanced DBS check, face to face interviews to further discuss their experience and qualifications and verbal references are personally checked to ensure that you are in the safest hands.

2. Time-saving effortless process

By using an agency like Guardian Carers, we will provide you with a list of carers that are best suited to your interests and needs. We can give you interviewing tips and book in interviews at times that are best suited for you. Once you have chosen the carer of your choice, we will also guide you through all the paperwork that comes with hiring a new carer, for example providing you with sample contracts and a payroll service.

3. Qualified candidates

Our agency will provide you with qualified carers that have specific medical training to dementia, so they know exactly how to handle your care and what to do should your symptoms progress. Our carers will also be able to provide you with certain day to day tasks that can help to reduce the chances of your condition worsening.

What we look for in our Dementia carers

Guardian Carers has been in the care industry for over a decade, we understand what type of attributes a carer should have. Over our years of experience we believe that an excellent dementia carer needs to be patient, observant, reliable and compassionate.

Being patient is a vital aspect of being a Dementia carer, living with a debilitating illness like dementia can be very frightening and frustrating. Remaining calm and collective, no matter how stressful the task at hand is, is so important as an angry carer can upset the care recipient.

A carer should be reliable, as your age or condition progresses you may need to start relying on your carer for more important aspects such as taking you to doctor’s appointments or medication dispensing. Your carer must ensure every duty is completed and they are done properly and on time.

Other key attribute to be a good carer is being observant. You or your loved one may not notice the smaller symptoms that suggests your dementia could be worsening, however it is up to your carer to notice these things and act accordingly. With you or your loved one starting to deteriorate, it can be a very emotional and scary time, having a carer there to support you and be there to pick you up on your bad days is very important.

Above all, it is an absolute must that a carer is compassionate. Showing concern for people around them and being sympathetic towards their needs helps them to provide the best care, making you comfortable in your own home. In addition, being empathetic helps a carer to better understand your needs in being able to understand and interpret your feelings and requests.

Guardian Carers perfected vetting procedures

Guardian Carers have been providing premium home care services for over 14 years. We personally interview each and every carer in a face to face interview, where we extensively discuss experience, qualifications and verify their verbal references.

All carers placed with Guardian carers have:

  • An enhanced DBS check
  • First Aid certificate
  • Successful completed a safeguarding course
  • Minimum of 3 years experience

Our dementia care for the elderly carers provide the necessary security and safety you need to maintain the life you have built in your home. By having a private home carer, you and your loved ones can have a peace of mind, knowing you are in safe and able hands should you have a fall or an emergency. Also having an extra abled body around the house, reduced the chances of uninvited visitors.

Support from your very first call

Our consultants are on hand to help and answer any questions you have throughout the process of finding you a carer, you have a direct line to the experts. We will take the time to fully understand your requirements and hobbies to provide you with profiles of carers that best match to you. We will book in interviews at times that are convenient to you and also give you a list of some useful tips and questions to ask in your interview. After your interview, we will take into consideration your feedback and adjust your search accordingly.

Once you have chosen a candidate that best suits you, we are able to offer sample contracts and sign you up to HMRC. We can also offer you a payroll service to help you provide monthly payslips to your paid companion carer.

How to start your search for your Dementia Carer today?

If you would like to know more about dementia care at home, a detailed description of the types of dementia care for the elderly on offer or the carers we have available, please give us a call for a free consultation. Guardian Carers ethos is to make very placement a long lasting and happy one. It’s your home, your care, your way.

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