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 support 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 working in a round-the-clock shift pattern to support your needs or that of your loved ones.
As consistency of patterns, engagements and activities are essential part of support and care to the person with Alzheimer’s disease, we ensure that specific care and nursing staff are allocated care, but especially when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Moving an individual affected by this illness into an environment they’re unfamiliar with, such as a residential care home, can have a negative impact. It can cause distress, confusion and discomfort.
With Alzheimer’s home care, an individual can get the medical support they need in the place they know and love best – their own home. Homes aren’t just buildings – they hold lots memories, items with lots of sentimental value and photographs. They can also be around the ones they love more frequently. And all of this can help to stimulate the memory.
When they deliver care for Alzheimer’s patients, our carers always look to maintain existing routines and lifestyles, so you or your loved one never have to worry about adapting to major change.
This continuity allows our carers to build a trusting relationship with the person receiving care.
Please watch our short video below to find out more about how we care for people with Alzheimer’s then use the enquiry form or call one of our trained advisor’s on 0808 2747 699 to discuss whether live in care may be the right solution for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Our carers “live-in” at home with the person with Alzheimer’s and offer support with all day-to-day activities including:
Social activities and lifestyle support
Support with memory impairment and cognitive issues
Cooking and meal planning
Housekeeping – cleaning and laundry
Shopping and trips outdoors
Maintaining an active schedule in this way, with the help of a highly trained carer, can be particularly beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. Our one-to-one staffing model ensures that people with Alzheimer’s are assisted not just with the activities of daily life like washing and dressing, but importantly, are supported to explore their hobbies and interests, and engage in creative therapies such as music and the arts, which are proven to have a positive impact on well being.
Call us today to find out how we can support you and your family with specialist Alzheimer’s care at home. We’re available seven days a week.
Decline in memory
Our Alzheimer’s support workers work with their customers to create memory boxes and scrapbooks, featuring photographs and other sentimental tokens to help stimulate memories. You and your loved one can also rest assured that they’re always around to reassure, prompt and assist – for example, reminding them to feed the dog, put the washing machine on or take their medication. Nutrition and hydration is of particular importance, proactive care and support can safeguard against Urinary Tract Infections, one of the leading causes of hospital admittance.
Help around the home
Although our Alzheimer’s support services are primarily focussed around the medical needs of our customers, our carers are also on hand to provide help round the home. They can help people with basic tasks they might struggle with – from making a sandwich or vacuuming to filling out prescriptions or putting the dustbin out. However, they never look to exclude the people they care for from getting involved in these tasks.
A Helping Hands’ Alzheimer’s carer is warm, friendly and full of enthusiasm. They want to make a positive difference to the lives of their customers. As well as always being around for a chat over a cup of tea, our carers will also provide support with social activities when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s through gentle encouragement.
Changes in behaviour
With time, the condition impacts the functions carried out by the brain resulting in behavioural changes. Our one-to-one Alzheimer’s support enables both carer and customer to develop a relationship, meaning there’s never any display of shock or anger at sudden changes in behaviour. Trained and experienced, they understand and will provide the level of assistance required.
The importance of Alzheimer’s support in the home
We have used Helping Hands for live-in care for our father who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s for the last 18 months. This has enabled us to keep our father in his own home. From the support of the office, carers and area managers we have always felt that our father’s care is paramount.
Any issues have always been dealt with promptly with understanding and compassion. Although a national company the local manager ensure a personal touch and familiarity which is reassuring when dealing with the care of a loved one. Our permanent carer and relief carers have given our father a high level of care and have shown a caring, emphatic yet professional attitude throughout.
We have been very satisfied with Helping Hands and would happily recommend this company as an alternative to residential homes.
Name withheld, February 2016
Our Alzheimer’s support workers
Before going into the homes of their customers, our Alzheimer’s carers either go through intensive training at our Centre of Excellence, based in Alcester or within their local branch. Here, they learn about the complexities of the illness and its symptoms. This process gives them the preparation they need to deal with the challenges they’ll face when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis.
We ensure that consistency is at the core of our Alzheimer’s care plans. Our Alzheimer’s live in carers usually work in blocks of six to eight weeks before taking a respite break. This allows them to build up a strong bond with the person they’re caring for. We’ll then provide a temporary carer to go into the home to take over for a short period of time, enabling the person receiving care to develop relationships with others. If your family would prefer a visiting carer then we will work on building a small, core team to keep the amount of change to a minimum.
If yours or your loved one’s carer happens to fall ill or have a family emergency, we’ll always ensure that a replacement carer is there and ready to deliver support – at short notice.
You may be interested in…Get in touch with us and talk through your care needs and find the best option for you. Call us on 0203 643 5295 or request a callback.
Get in touch with us and talk through your care needs and find the best option for you. Call us on 0203 643 5295 or request a callback.