Dementia care- why live-in care at home is likely to be the best option
If you have an elderly loved one who has been diagnosed with early stage dementia, you will naturally feel very concerned. Above all, you will want to make sure they receive the best possible care. But what is the best type of care in these circumstances?
The importance of continuity of care
Evidence suggests that dementia care works best where the person is able to enjoy continuity of care in familiar surroundings. For most people, this will mean being cared for in their own home.
The comfort and reassurance of regular companionship
What your loved one will appreciate more than anything is the comfort and reassurance of regular companionship. However, this is something that close family members may not be able to provide on a daily basis. With all the complications of their own families and careers to manage, very few sons or daughters can afford to spend more than a few hours a week with their elderly loved ones.
When informal help from family members is not enough
In addition, many family members will feel they are not properly equipped to cope with the challenges of caring for an elderly parent with dementia, especially if the condition is accompanied by reduced mobility, or impaired sight or hearing. They may also find the situation emotionally challenging.
Daily visiting care as an interim solution
When it becomes apparent that professional help is needed, many families will opt for daily visiting care. This can include a sitting service as well as a series of shorter daily visits. Many older people with early stage dementia are able to manage very happily with the help of daily visiting care for a considerable time. In most cases, however, there will inevitably come a time when family members begin to realise that it is no longer safe for their loved one to continue living on their own at home.
The drawbacks of residential care
It is at this point that the option of residential care may be considered. However, a care home is not necessarily the best option for someone in the early stages of dementia. Although a care home should in principle be able to provide companionship and continuity of care, the day-to-day reality may not live up to the ideal and your loved one might find themselves being cared for by numerous different care staff in the course of just one week. There is also increasing evidence to suggest that the symptoms of anxiety and confusion experienced by most dementia sufferers become more pronounced if they are moved away from the familiar surroundings of their own home.
Live-in care may be the best option in cases of early stage dementia
So what is the best care option for someone with early stage dementia? In many cases the answer will be 24-hour care in their own home. Live-in care provides the combined benefits of continuity of care, coupled with regular, daily companionship. In addition, live-in care often costs no more than residential care and may cost considerably less if you are considering a care home situated in an exclusive neighbourhood.
Audley Homecare – specialist providers of 24-hr live-in care
If you are looking for reliable and affordable live-in care for your loved one, then you have come to the right place. Audley Homecare are specialist providers of live-in care and our management team has over 30 years’ combined experience of providing of homecare services for the elderly.
Delivering expert, person-centred care
All our carers have previous experience in live-in care and they all benefit from our own in-house training in dementia care. They all understand the importance of delivering person-centred care, which puts emphasis on encouraging the person to focus on the things they can still do. This approach helps those with dementia to make sense of their world and continue enjoying their daily life in much the same way they have always done. In addition, many of our care staff are happy to work for up to 12 weeks at a time in order to provide the all-important continuity of care which anyone with dementia really needs.
Audley Homecare – creating peace of mind for all
In choosing Audley Homecare you will be providing your loved one with lasting comfort and reassurance as well as expert and compassionate care. At the same time you will be creating peace of mind for everyone involved.
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