The benefits of home care for dementia
Many ageing adults understandably prefer to continue to live in the comfort of their existing home rather than move into a care home. But for people living with dementia, remaining in their place of familiarity can be especially important. In this blog post, we discuss the benefits of home care for dementia and how homecare in Christchurch can support your family.
Understanding the effects of dementia
Dementia is a condition that affects the brain and causes cognitive impairment. This can lead to memory loss, problems communicating and difficulty performing day-to-day activities. There is no doubt these challenges can have a profound effect on a person’s everyday life and even impact their safety at home. It’s not uncommon for people with dementia to forget the names of close family and friends, get lost in neighbourhoods they grew up in or lose their belongings. Dementia patients can also forget to turn off their stoves, which poses a significant danger to them. Unfortunately, symptoms of dementia are usually progressive and irreversible.
Home care and dementia
For those with dementia, a change in scenery, routine or environment can be unsettling and overwhelming, but the condition can make it impossible to continue living at home safely and independently. That’s where home care comes in. Home care for dementia allows those living with the condition to continue living in their home, a place where they feel safe, comfortable and at ease. It allows them to retain their routines rather than experience the disruption of moving to a new environment. This can greatly reduce the strain for all involved, but especially for those living with dementia.
Duties of home care
Our carers are here to provide you or your loved one with a sense of security, safety and normality. That’s why we facilitate daily activities in a way that honours familiarity. Some of the duties our carers can perform daily, include:
- supporting with personal tasks such as washing and dressing
- assisting with domestic tasks such as shopping, tidying up and ironing
- assisting with mobility issues
- running errands
- administering medication
- cooking nutritious meals
- providing consistent companionship
- arranging important appointments
- organising social activities, events and outings.
How can dementia care help?
Dementia care allows a person to continue living in their own home, on their terms, for as long as possible. Our compassionate carers understand just how important it is to maintain set routines, keep a consistent schedule, and ensure that familiar objects remain in their usual place. Preserving these deeply ingrained habits can greatly reduce anxiety and confusion, leading to a welcomed sense of security and safety. It also gives a person a greater sense of control and a better understanding of what is happening, further supporting their wellbeing. By providing this support, we help those with dementia live as fully, safely and independently as possible. For family members, this can offer peace of mind and reassurance.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one are living with dementia and could benefit from our home care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch, or phone us on 01202 800 494 with any of your questions or concerns. We look forward to answering any of your questions and providing your family with exceptional support.