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Dementia Live-in Care: What Does It Provide?

Dementia live-in care can provide all the care and support needed to allow your loved one to remain in the safe and familiar surroundings of home, even if they need quite complex care interventions.

What Does a Live-In Carer Provide?

A live-in carer will move into your loved one’s home and be there to provide 24/7 care, but the benefits are more than just practical. Each carer will be carefully matched with the care recipient so that they can also provide companionship and support your loved one to continue enjoying their favourite activities and interests for as long as possible.

People living with dementia are invariably better off if they can stay in the familiar surroundings of their own homes. When unassisted living is no longer an option, your loved one could benefit from the support of a caregiver who is trained in Alzheimer’s care to enable them to live as independently as they are able.

Live-in home care can encompass personal tasks such as help with washing and dressing, as well as household duties that your loved one may no longer be able to manage. Shopping, meal preparation, cleaning and laundry can all be carried out by the carer, so you no longer need to worry about how your loved one is coping when you are not there.

The major advantage of live-in dementia care is that there is always someone on site if help is required. Because people living with dementia are not always aware of danger, they may need someone with them 24 hours a day to ensure their safety. Traditionally this would mean putting them into a residential or nursing home, but private live-in care is growing in popularity as an option, as it allows people to remain in their own homes.

Dementia Care Training

Private care providers work hard to find the best carers for each care recipient. Specialist dementia training gives the carer a deeper insight into the condition, and a better understanding of the issues their charge faces every day. If your loved one experiences memory problems or has difficulty in understanding aspects of the world around them, a professional providing care at home can offer support with this. They will also know how important it is to see your loved one as an individual and will try and get to know as much about them as they can.

Some carers have experience in life history work and will support your loved one to help them remember things that have been significant in their lives. Talking about treasured times in the past can help them to understand the present too.

Alzheimer’s care training also teaches the importance of engaging with the feelings expressed by someone who has dementia rather than just taking the words they say at face value. For example, if someone living with dementia looked at a photo or her mother and said “That’s my daughter”, the carer would not contradict them, but say something like “You must have loved her very much”, and encourage the person to talk about their family life.

Communication

An important aspect of all types of elderly care is communication, both with the care recipient and with their family. In addition to having the skills to connect effectively with your loved one, the carer will also need to keep you informed of things. They will complete a daily log that you will be able to see when you visit, and will also get in touch immediately if there is anything they feel you should know.

In building up a friendship with the person they are caring for, the carer will become almost like another family member. You will have peace of mind knowing that there is someone you can trust with your loved one and that you will be informed of any changes in their condition.

Mikis’ care story

In this short video, Nick and Maro explain their reasons for choosing Elder live-in care.

They discuss how live-in care has allowed Nick’s father Mikis to stay independent in his own home while making a new friend at the same time.

Individual Care

The services provided by dementia live-in care will vary depending on the individual care recipient, but home care is strongly focused on helping to promote your loved one’s independence and dignity.

For example, people with dementia sometimes have problems with nutrition and may no longer recognise certain foods or lose the ability to use their cutlery. They may find chewing or swallowing difficult and stop eating altogether. The carer would be trained in the best ways to support them at mealtimes and know when they should contact a doctor or dietician to arrange appropriate interventions before the person became malnourished.

It is always advisable for an assessment of need to be carried out before arranging care. This way you can ensure that all your loved one’s needs are met. The care provider will be happy to discuss your loved one’s needs and plan the care with help from you, your loved one and other people such as specialist dementia nurses.

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