What’s Alzheimer’s care at home?The personal approach to Alzheimer’s care at home has been proven to vastly improve the quality of life of our clients and great peace of mind to families.
Alzheimer’s disease is known to be the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
As Alzheimer’s progresses the person with the disease my exhibit the following symptoms:
- Memory loss: not remembering events, where things should be placed, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language: trouble finding the appropriate words; completing sentences; inability to follow conversations; forgetting to keep track of the bills
- Become incontinent: less attention to grooming and hygiene
- Show mood swings: increased anxiety, depression, fearfulness and suspicion
- Confusion of time and place: not knowing their bearings; passage of time; or the date.
- Loss of life skills: Inability to complete everyday tasks.
The symptoms vary, depending on the area of the brain that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The effect of Alzheimer’s disease means that the person with Alzheimer’s may require assistance to live meaningfully and healthily.
That’s why Verity Healthcare has set up a dedicated department that focuses on supporting people living with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia so that their living condition does not tolerate more than it should.
We’re here to help you and your loved ones to live as meaningfully and practically as possible.
Ground-breaking Alzheimer’s care at home
At Verity Healthcare, we have made significant investment and are offering ground-breaking Alzheimer’s care for 100s of people at home. Our carefully selected care workers and registered nurses understand that Alzheimer’s care requires patience and flexibility and ensure that they interact carefully and with compassion to reduce frustration.
We’re experts at implementing practical tips and providng personalized care that are personalized to each person with Alzheimer’s to help them maintain a sense of independence and dignity.
Our specialist team understand that the persons with Alzheimer’s disease might become frustrated and agitated when they are unable to complete simple tasks that are now difficult to complete. Such frustrations usually make their conditions worse. To limit challenges and ease frustration, our specialist team of care workers and nurses will:
- Schedule sensibly – Help to establish a routine to make each day less agitating and confusing for the person living with Alzheimer’s disease and enable them to learn and follow routines. Tasks such as bathing, dressing/undressing, medication taking and medical appointments are scheduled to promote flexibility when the person is most alert so that they can engage. Within the routine, we allow for spontaneous activities.
- Allowing for time – We understand that with the person who have Alzheimer’s things can take longer than they used to. That’s why we schedule more time for tasks and we allow the person with Alzheimer’s disease to have frequent breaks. Our care and nursing staff can provide help with calendar management, patiently support them to visit the community and provide reassurance for any fears that the person living with dementia might be feeling.
- Involve the person – We work on the principle that the person living with Alzheimer’s disease can still engage with activities. That’s why our care and nursing will engage you or your loved in various activities as much as possible with the least amount of assistance so you or your loved one can maintain their independence. For example, people with Alzheimer’s disease might be able to dress and prepare their meals independently with the help of visual cues.
- Provide choices – We ensure that there are fewer options to give the person with Alzheimer’s disease choices with every day task. Too much options can be confusing. For example, our care staff will provide two clothes to choose from; or a hot or cold drink, or ask if he or she would prefer go for a walk to seeing a movie.
- Provide simple instructions – Research shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease best understand clear, one-step communication. Our care workers and nurses have been trained to communicate with persons living Alzheimer’s disease using simplified verbal and non-verbal cues.
- Reduce distractions – Creating a tranquil atmosphere at home is extremely important for the person living with Alzheimer’s . That’s why our dedicated team which is made of a lead dementia nurse with team of care assistants and nurses will always work to minimise distractions by turning off TVs at mealtime and during conversations to make it easier for the person with Alzheimer’s disease to focus.
As leading experts In Alzheimer’s and dementia care, we’re willing to support as many people as possible. We’re here seven days a week to talk through any needs you might have so you can find best Alzheimer’s care option for you or your loved one. Call 0203 643 5295 or request a callback and we will call you.
Focused, flexible and personalized care
Verity Healthcare have invested a lot of resources so that we are able to provide focused, flexible and personalized care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. We’re able to provide short-term and round-the-clock live-in care services for people with Alzheimer’s disease. We provide high quality one-on-one care and support that enables people with Alzheimer’s to live a fulfilled and fulfilled life in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Our rare approach to care for people with Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized by awarding bodies in the industry. We understand that the sort of expectations that we have for people living with Alzheimer’s disease should be relaxed and they must be encouraged a lot more to be relaxed. Relaxing expectations and making the person relaxed will be extremely helpful in enabling the person with Alzheimer’s disease to self-care and keep their well-being.
We have found that over time, a person living with Alzheimer may take actions that’s not in their interest and could endanger their lives and living as they become more dependent. As a result, we work with the person and relatives to create a safe and serene atmosphere at home.
Create a safe environment
At Verity Healthcare, we understand that each person with Alzheimer’s disease will experience the symptoms and progression of the disease differently. Consequently, techniques and approaches that we adopt vary and takes into account the changing needs of the person.
The common observation is that everyone who has Alzheimer’s disease will have impaired judgment and problem-solving skills which increases a person’s risk of injury. To promote safety we take every reasonable steps to:
- Prevent falls – Our expert staff will work with the family to implement practical techniques to avoid falls such as tidy up rugs, carpets, put away extension cords and any clutter that could cause your loved one to trip or fall. We will work with other agencies to help install handrails or grab bars in critical areas.
- Use locks –We’ll advise on installing locks on cabinets that contain anything potentially dangerous, such as medicine, alcohol, toxic cleaning substances, dangerous utensils and tools. We’ll also support families to have appropriate locks on doors and windows so that they are secured and not left open for access to intruders.
- Check water temperature – To prevent burns, we’ll ensure that the thermostat on the hot-water heater are set to appropriate temperatures and ensure that the person with Alzheimer’s disease access hot water when someone is present.
- Take fire safety precautions – To prevent fire outbreak at home, our staff will keep matches and lighters out of reach. We’ll work with the family and other agencies to put valves on gas and electric cookers so that they are not turned on and left on as this could lead to potential fire outbreak. If you or your loved one smokes, then the care staff will make sure he or she does so only with supervision. We’ll make sure that a fire extinguisher is accessible, and the smoke alarms have fresh batteries.
It’s is our goal to create specific choices for the person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia to help reduce distractions and create a safe environment so that you or your loved one can live fulfilled lives.
Our team of expert staff are on standby to support you or your loved ones to manage Alzheimer’s disease as practical as possible. We’re here seven days a week to talk through any needs you might have so you can find best Alzheimer’s care option for you or your loved one. Call 0203 643 5295 or request a callback and we will call you.
Practical advice for Alzheimer’s care
Given that, Alzheimer’s care requires special attention, we make that our staff are specially trained to offer practical support to enable the person with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia live safely, healthily and independently at home. We do not use temporary or agency staff for any of our services. We have carefully chosen, trained and retained specialist staff to care for people with Alzheimer’s in small teams, usually 2 carers or nurses working round-the-clock shift patterns to support your needs or that of your loved ones. Assigning the same carers and nurses promote continuity and allows carers and nurse to build a trusting relationship with the person receiving care.
Consistency of patterns, engagements and activities are essential part of support and care to the person with Alzheimer’s disease, and so we ensure that specific care package is in place to meet specific needs. Also, we assign specialist care and nursing staff to specific person with Alzheimer’s disease backed on specific preference, personalities and interest.
We encourage persons with Azheimer’s disease and their relatives to receive exceptional care at home because moving the person with the illness into an unfamiliar environment such as a residential care home have a significant negative impact such as confusion, distress and discomfort.
Home is the best place the person with Alzheimer’s disease because that is the place they know the best and want to be because of the different memories and cherished items such as trophies and photographs. Receiving care and support at home can help to stimulate the memory of the person with Alzheimer’s which helps to maintain existing routines and lifestyles so you or your loved one does not need to worry about adapting to major change.
We pride ourselves of providing exceptional Alzheimer’s care and are keen to support as many people as possible. To find out more about how we can support you or your loved with Alzheimer’s, please get in touch now on 0203 643 52 95 and speak to one of our trained advisors. You may email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the enquiry form to contact us.
Proactive Alzheimer’s care and support
Our one-to-one care and support model for people with Alzheimer’s which explores their hobbies and interests and engages them in creative and physical therapies such as music, arts and dance, is proven to have significant and positive impact on their well-being. Our care and nursing staff are able to visit several times in the day or “live-in” at home with the person with Alzheimer’s and offer support with all day-to-day activities including:
- Personal care – to keep you or your loved one fresh, clean and neat and maintain high level of hygiene to prevent body odour; skin decolouring and disintegration and pressure sores
- Medication management and administration – provide schedules and setting alarms to remind the person living with Alzheimer’s to take medications and where necessary monitor to achieve medicine safety
- Liaising with health professionals – work in partnership with GP doctors for speedy medical treatment of Urinary Tract Infections; liaise with nurse to attend to skin redness to prevent pressure sores; solicit support from physiotherapists to manage movements and transfers effectively and prevent hospital admissions
- Housekeeping – tidying home environment, helping with laundry and keeping gadgets and appliance in safe conditions and creating safe environment at homes
- Social activities and lifestyle support – provide social companionship such a chatting, playing games, visiting community centres to meet friends, visiting events, going out for drink and food to boost the confidence of the person living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and maintain reassurance
- Support with memory impairment and cognitive issues – organize photographs and build memory boxes to support reminiscence to help stimulate memories and improve cognitive abilities.
- Nutrition and vitality – the person living with Alzheimer’s disease needs enough food and drink to derive nutrient for healthy living and vitality. Our staff are able to implement meal planning and cook culturally appropriate food and prepare drinks so that the person with Alzheimer’s receives nutrition continually.
- Mobility and Transfer support – Our staff are highly experienced at supporting persons with Alzheimer’s disease who may have mobility and transfer difficulties. They’re well trained to use the hoist, wheelchair, sliding sheets etc as well as supporting the person to use different types of Zimmer frames. Our staff will support with gentle exercises to enable the person living with Alzheimer’s to regain strength for mobilize and transfer from one place to the other independently.
We’re available seven days a week. Get in touch today to speak specialist Alzheimer’s care team to find out how our specialist team can support you and your family. Call 0203 643 5295 or email us
“ My dad was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, I looked after him for years. It was a blessing to care for dad. When I became ill myself, I had not option to get support. I was referred by the Social Services to Verity Healthcare. I liked what I read on their website. When I meet the managers I found that what had been written on their website was even an understatement of what they could offer. They were really nice to dad and to me. They were very knowledgeable about dad’s condition. The live-in carer was brilliant. She managed dad’s home beautifully. She did exercises with dad every day, ensured that he was looked after more than I could have. The carer became part of the family and did not helped dad but helped me too. We were surprised of how dad’s condition improved significantly. Dad loved her. She cared for dad for 5 years. The whole office staff and managers were there when we needed them most. It was so helpful that when dad was passing the carer was there to support him and the family. The parting of my dad was more difficult to the whole Verity family than we ever thought. Verity Healthcare, Rose, I cannot thank you enough. You are extraordinary bunch of people”.
Steven, North London
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