Dementia is a complex condition which affects people in many different ways. More and more people are being diagnosed with dementia and two thirds of people with dementia live in their own home (www.alzheimers.org.uk).
When someone we know is diagnosed it affects everyone around them and can put irreversible pressures on relationships. There are many informal carers (a person who provides care or support and are not paid) that take responsibility for the care of their loved one and sometimes the strain of this responsibility can become too much.
Nayland Care can provide support to the person with dementia and their loved ones by providing at home respite services. This means that the relative or carer can take time to have a break knowing that their loved one is being supported by someone they can trust.
Support can be in the form of shorter visits (as described on our personal care page) or they can be longer periods of time, including 24 hour cover depending on how much support you may need.
We have a specialist care planning tool for people with dementia which focuses on person centred care and is outcome based so that we can really get to know the person and support their individuality and unique preferences. We focus on the person’s strengths and abilities and build on these whilst identifying where therre may be a high level of support needed and put a plan in place to meet them.
We have also placed great importance on the training our staff receive for dementia. Our staff have been through the increasingly popular Virtual Dementia Tour which is a specialist training course where the participant gets to experience what dementia might be like. This is a practical and interactive experience which allows the person to see what the world might be like if they had dementia themselves. This experience enthuses people to change their practice and how they respond to individuals who have dementia. This training is complimented by a theoretical based course which helps carers to understand what dementia is and how to effectively support people with the condition.