Dementia Care

Professional dementia care works to reduce the effects and symptoms of dementia, whilst offering reassurance to the individual and their familiy.

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Familiarity and Safety

A change of routine and environment can be daunting for someone who’s living with dementia. That’s why more families are turning to home care over residential care, because they want their loved one to stay in the place they know and love instead of an impersonal care home.

As a leading dementia home care provider, our team have a wealth of experience in supporting people with dementia to live an independent life and remain at home.

All of our Care Workers are Dementia Friends and we have also embraced the Dementia Friends Ambassador scheme for qualifying care workers and managers. 

We’re helping people every day – across all parts of England and Wales – to cope with the various challenges that come with living with dementia or memory loss. With hundreds of different variations of this oft-debilitating condition, and many different stages, our care workers will maintain your loved one’s everyday routines and can ease the strain on your family – offering a realistic alternative to a care home.

What is dementia care?

Dementia care is all about helping you or a loved one by supporting them to carry on living safely in their own home. Our Care Workers work to follow an established  routine that you’re used to and comfortable with, maintaining your independence, and promoting the highest standard of care.

Dementia care at home

Whether you just need someone to check on you or your loved one first thing in the morning then help with personal care or breakfast. Or Live-in care to make sure they’re safe during the night, you can be assured that our fully-trained carers will be on hand to help whenever they’re needed.

They can also assist you with:

  • Medication support
  • Mobility
  • Hobbies, activities, and social interaction
  • Preparing meals and tending to general housekeeping

Read more about what live in care consists of.

Caring for someone with Dementia

You may find that your loved one is having difficulty recalling past memories, life events or recognising family members.

To support them you can help communicate with them through their background, hobbies, interests and who is important to them. To help you do this, you could create photo albums to help you recall memories and reminisce with them.

As their condition deteriorates and they progress through the stages of dementia, your loved one may need an increased amount of support. However, through continuing to involve them in their everyday tasks, you will allow them to feel useful and may alleviate any negative feelings regarding their self-esteem.

Supporting Healthy Living

The longer people stay fit and healthy for, the better quality of life they have. This is because if someone has an unhealthy diet, they can be susceptible to illnesses which can increase the effects of dementia and cause further confusion and agitation.

Encouraging a person with dementia to exercise may be difficult at times, however the benefits are worth it.

Try some gentle exercises with your loved one if they have not been very active recently. Gentle exercises performed from a chair can help to improve mobility and increase activity. The NHS recommend these movements:

  • Chest stretch – sitting upright, pull your back from the chair and push your shoulders back. While extending your arms out to the side, gently push your chest out until you feel a stretch.
  • Upper-body twist – cross your arms over your chest and reach for your shoulders. Turn your upper body to the left without moving your hips, repeat this five times for each side.
  • Hip marching – hold on to the sides of the chair and lift your left leg up as high up as is comfortable, keeping the knee bent. Do five of these lifts with each leg.
  • Ankle stretch – straighten and lift your leg until it is off the floor. Point your toes away and then back towards you. Try doing two sets of five of these stretches with each foot.

Staying socially active

If you care for someone who has dementia, a shared activity can make both of you happier and able to enjoy quality time together.  You can continue with the activities you already enjoy, though they may take longer than they used to, or try new activities.

Keeping in touch with people is good for your confidence and mental wellbeing, like meeting up with friends and family.

You could try activities like:

  • dance, tai chi, yoga, swimming or joining a walking group to help keep you active and sociable – look out for local dementia-friendly swimming, gym and walking sessions
  • arts-based activities – drawing/painting classes, drama groups and book clubs can all help you stay involved
  • reminiscence work – share your life experiences and stories from the past with photos, objects, video and music clips, either as a book or on a tablet or other digital device
  • find a local memory café (also known as a dementia café), on the Alzheimer’s Society website – meet other people with dementia and their carers in an informal drop-in setting to share advice, tips and support
  • Singing for the Brain groups run by the Alzheimer’s Society – singing is known to improve mood and wellbeing and is also great fun

Encourage hobbies and interests

Just because someone is diagnosed with dementia does not mean that they automatically lose interest in their hobbies. However, they may need some help with facilitating these.

Your loved one might have enjoyed reading a newspaper or magazine but now find it difficult to get to the shop. Assisting them by collecting whatever they need means that they will still be able keep up to date with current events and have not needed to miss out on this.

Allowing them to still engage in their interests mean that your loved one will be able to have mental stimulation and will bring a lot of pleasure.

Continuous support from people who understand dementia

We all recognise that caring for people with dementia can be daunting , which is why we train each and every one of our Care Workers so they have an understanding of how to make life easier for those living with the condition. With a significant percentage of our Clients having some form of dementia, it’s why we’ve come to offer specialist dementia care.

We know that people’s homes aren’t just the buildings we live in but the memories that they contain.  And when caring for someone with dementia, this continuity of environment and routine is vital. With our service, your loved one will be cared for by the same familiar faces, and you’ll get to know your care workers too. 

Read more about our consistent service for live-in care,  respite care, palliative care, and hourly visiting care.