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Care Guide - Dementia & Alzheimer’s
Dementia and conditions like Alzheimer’s and related illnesses are progressive biological brain disorders. This means that it becomes increasingly difficult for those affected to remember things, think logically or clearly, communicate with others and/or take care of themselves personally.
We would like to clarify some of the concerns that come with Dementia, and the future for anyone affected by this illness. Following this, we will provide an insight in how to go about those future steps in Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Care and how we can help at Caremark.
There are many different types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Less common types are dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Various factors increase the risk of someone developing dementia. Some examples are ageing, genes, health and lifestyle (e.g exercise, diet or smoking) can all contribute. Most people with dementia are over 65 years of age, but dementia can also affect younger people too.
As the condition progresses, dementia can cause behavioural changes, restlessness and agitation and other issues. Repeating questions is another factor that can cause difficulty on loved ones. These changes are usually small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become bad enough to affect daily life. Dementia isn’t a natural part of ageing. It occurs when the brain is affected by a disease.
Understanding Changes for Dementia Sufferers
We understand that the changes dementia can cause physically and mentally can be alarming and confusing. The challenges faced by loved ones are certainly difficult. Therefore, when the time comes where support is needed, Caremark fully understands what is required with Dementia needs. We offer unique support catered to individual needs and fully understand precise preferences before our services begin.
For people with dementia, orientation and day-to-day memory can be a struggle. For this reason, having routine and positivity in their lives is even more important. At Caremark, we specifically aim to permanently allocate our fully trained, understanding Care & Support Workers. A familiar, friendly face will walk through our clients' doors for every visit.
Caremark Home Care for Clients with Dementia
Dementia care from Caremark allows our clients to stay in familiar surroundings alongside their loved ones for as long as possible. This serves as the ideal alternative to residential care and is often the preferable option for those affected. It may help to learn that your loved ones aren’t alone. In fact, about 850,000 people have dementia in the UK, with 1 in 6 people affected over 80. Caremark want to assure you that it is possible to live well with dementia and there is friendly and comforting support available for you and your family when it is required.
Our award winning Care Workers are able to establish connections through professional and friendly approaches to our clients. As with anyone who struggles with limited problem solving we aim to be as sympathetic to their conditions and be aware of how overwhelming numerous choices can be.
Communication is always key. Training and support is always offered and as standard to our care workers. This ensures they are always up to the highest standard to deal with this complex illness. This includes learning about behavioural triggers, reasoning and ultimately understanding that unique support catered to each individual is essential. Our visits can provide sometimes necessary respite for those who need a break from caring. This allows people to relax while knowing their loved ones are being cared for fully and their issues understood.
Paying for Care at Home
The good news is that Care requirements can often qualify for funding. There are several alternative ways our services may be helped paid for with funding. We would be happy to discuss your circumstances so that we can advise you on the availability of Local Authority or NHS funding and the best method of paying.
Our charges are based on an hourly rate that varies depending on the times at which our services are provided - but it's possible that you may not need to pay anything directly yourself. Please contact your local Caremark office for full details, and answers to any questions you may have.
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