Live in dementia care

Live in dementia care

As people grow older, it is normal to experience a decline in cognitive mental ability as a part of the ageing process. However, dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It is a term that describes memory loss and other cognitive deficits. Symptoms of dementia can vary depending on the underlying cause, but memory lapses, repeating stories, disorganised speaking, sudden mood swings, putting things in inappropriate places and poor hygiene are all common. 

Often, the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are used interchangeably. Alzheimer’s disease, however, is the most common cause of progressive debenture. Progressive debenture means that it worsens with time and is irreversible. Vascular dementia, Louis body, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease are all common progressive debentures. On the other hand, a range of reversible conditions can result in dementia-like symptoms such as medication effects, infections, immune disorders, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and heart and lung problems that restrict blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The therapeutic options and prognosis for virtually any dementia causing disease are best in the earliest stages. Even if the condition is irreversible, new medications and therapeutic approaches exist that could help ease and even delay symptoms, improving the quality of life for the affected person.

How to care for someone with Dementia?

People with dementia experience changes in cognitive abilities and may be unable to care for themselves. So, here are a few tips on how to care for a loved one with dementia:

  • Establish a routine when it comes to things like bathing, eating and taking medications.
  • Write down a to-do list and important appointments in a book to help them remember their schedule.
  • Give them as much control as possible when helping them with tasks such as dressing.
  • Ensure that they have clothes that are easy to wear. Swap out buttons for zippers and lace shoes for slip-ons.
  • Set up a reminder for their medications if you’re not around to help.
  • Always be respectful. Tell them what you’re about to do before doing it. For example, while helping them have their bath, explain what you’re about to do before each step.

Dementia affects people in different ways. For the family of a dementia patient, taking care of them can be difficult as they often require around the clock care to make sure that they don’t get hurt. So, as a family member of someone living with dementia, it is advisable to get them adequate care from a

How does Live in care for Dementia patients work?

Live in care is an arrangement from Lifted Care where a professional caregiver moves in with your loved one living with dementia. This way, they can be attended to 24/7 without the need to relocate. The only stipulation is that you be able to accommodate a new tenant. 

The advantage of live-in care is that your loved one gets to be with their family, or in a comfortable environment, where they can see familiar faces.

This arrangement also gives you the liberty to visit anytime you like, knowing that when you’re not available, someone will be there to care for your loved one.

The bottom line is that live-in care for dementia patients is the best option for people who want to have their loved ones with them but don’t have the time to take care round the clock.

What do Live in Dementia caregivers do?

Live-in care for dementia patients includes helping the affected person in their home and providing assistance with their personal needs. Live-in caregivers offer the following:

Planning and preparing food

It is important that someone oversees the feeding of the patient as it can be unsafe for them to prepare meals themselves. Caregivers work with them to figure out what kinds of cuisine they want and then prepare it for them. This ensures that they get the proper nutrition and are not in harm’s way. 

Assistance with everyday hygiene and medication use

Live-in caregiver can help the patient with personal matters like bathing and using the toilet at every hour of the day, with the option of selecting male or female care. They can also take care of medication needs, as dementia patients tend to be non-drug compliant or unable to get the right dosage.

Assist in getting around the house

Mobility difficulties can limit how much some individuals can get around their property, especially if there are stairs involved. A live-in caregiver can assist them in moving around their home and prevent falls.

Doing their laundry and house chores

The caregiver will also be able to wash the patient’s clothing at their home or transport them to a laundromat, as well as assist with everyday domestic chores. As dementia patients tend to not be able to handle their hygiene, caregivers make sure that their homes will be kept clean. The upside is that there won’t be any need to employ a separate cleaning service.

Taking care of the pets

In case the patient has pets that they do not want to let go of, a carer can fill their position and ensure that the pet is fed, walked, and cared for.

Keeping them company

To avoid loneliness, a live-in care provider will be with the patient around the clock. For some people, growing old can be an isolating experience, especially if they live alone. As a result, caregivers act as someone with whom the patient can communicate regularly. They provide companionship and emotional support. Live-in care can be a useful way for the family to receive regular updates on the patient’s health and well-being. 

Costs of a Live in carer
for Dementia

The cost of live-in care begins at £1,250 per week and varies depending on a variety of factors and conditions. With live-in care for dementia patients, you get considerably greater value for your money, with constant assistance and devoted one-on-one care, as well as the comfort of being in familiar surroundings. 

If the patient continues living in their own house, their normal living expenses will apply. In addition to their live-in care expenses, they will be responsible for maintaining the property and paying for necessities such as groceries. If your loved one owns a car, you might want to count the cost of insuring it for the live-in care too.

How to get a Live in caregiver for Dementia patients

It requires a certain level of training to care for people with dementia. Be sure to employ the services of professional certified caregivers who understand that caring for a dementia patient is more than being physically present.

How to get a Live in caregiver for Dementia patients

It requires a certain level of training to care for people with dementia. Be sure to employ the services of professional certified caregivers who understand that caring for a dementia patient is more than being physically present.

At Lifted Care, our live-in caregivers are experienced professionals and are exceptional at what they do.

Check out our live-in care service or contact us on 0204 516 6004 to get the best service possible for your loved one. 

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