Providing live-in dementia care within a familiar environment has a positive impact on wellbeing.
We have learnt over the years that when caring for a person with dementia, it’s important to encourage normality and routine, as this can go a long way towards reassuring them and alleviating their anxieties and fears.
It can be upsetting to watch a loved one experience the onset of dementia. It can affect their personality and it may feel that the essence of the person is slipping away.
“Caring for someone with dementia has been an amazing experience. I learn something new almost everyday and not knowing how the day will unfold feels like an adventure!” Betty, carer.
We take a personal and sensitive approach to dementia care as we understand that the symptoms vary quite considerably from person to person. Consistency of routine and surroundings provide comfort and reassurance, and being immersed in a home full of memories is often invaluable.
Our carers are fully trained in dementia care, and we encourage the use of many specialist methods and techniques to help keep your loved one content and engaged. We spend a great deal of time getting to know the person in our care – what makes them tick, what their interests are, and how they like things to be.
The Care Managers work closely with you to help us have a clear picture of the history of your loved one, and work out how best to support them with their specific needs. This helps the carer connect with the person, and allows them to trigger old memories to form bonds and common interests.
Anyone who has a loved one living with dementia will know that there are good days and bad days, and for us, dementia care is all about acknowledging this. It’s about making the most of the good days and providing extra reassurance and attention to detail for the not-so-good-days.
Behaviour patterns can fluctuate dramatically, and as the condition progresses, your relative may behave in a way that they wouldn’t have dreamt of before they became ill. Our carers act with the utmost discretion – they are extremely patient and can deal with tricky situations.
We work to identify what memories or activities will help to calm and reassure the person in our care. For some, it’s enjoying their favourite hobby, for others it’s about a piece of music or the need to spend time in a quiet space.
Dealing with dementia can be very stressful for family members, and we understand how difficult it can be to see the effects of this progressive condition taking hold. Our in-house dementia specialist is on hand to support our carers through the changing stages of dementia, and we offer continuous help and support to family members to help you cope with the situation.
Live-in care can provide much needed respite and comfort for family members. The day-to-day stresses are managed by us so you can focus on spending quality time with your loved one.
We know how important it is for people to remain in control, and having a live-in carer can be the answer to keeping a person with dementia in the home they love.
As a dementia care provider, we certainly understand how people with dementia feel –often misunderstood, marginalised and isolated. And that means that they’re less likely to be able to live independently in their own communities.
This is why we made sure that everyone, from our Office and management teams to our home carers are all certified dementia champions.
We are proud to provide Free Dementia Friendly Sessions to our local communities with a goal to improve the understanding of dementia and so reduce stigma.
Ashridge provided an emergency placement for me when I needed a live-in carer on 24hrs notice. This was a godsend to me as my mother had advanced Alzheimer’s and my Dad had been rushed into hospital. I really appreciated the professional approach from all the staff I dealt with and felt very supported. Ashridge found me a first class carer who was able to provide wonderful live-in care for both my parents allowing them to spend a few more months together in their home of 35 years. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ashridge and live-in care.
Choosing live-in care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly.
Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
We are more than happy to visit you and your family at home to discuss your situation and consider the options available to you.