Dementia Care at home

Making sure that we always surpass the very highest standards of personalised dementia care for your loved ones every day is at the heart of our caring ethos at Pure Life Homecare.

Coping with, and at the onset spotting, early signs of dementia can be the most troubling and confusing of times for you as a family and your treasured family member.

It can often first present itself in subtle – and nuanced – ways. Each individual has their own specific needs, of course. But what might you personally witness, among the early signs of dementia? This initially can be one of the most difficult situations you will have to deal with.

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Practical steps for dementia care at home

These practical applications are of course tailored specifically, and varied accordingly, to the your loved ones’ needs and specific circumstances. After all, the key to everything we do at Pure Life Homecare is the ongoing wellbeing of the person requiring the care.

But there are core best practices which always guide our person-led ethos in home dementia care. Central to these include personal freedom and independence for your cared-for relative, in a safe, stimulating environment, with all practical measures put in place.

These can include anything and everything from grab rails around the house, and lighting which takes into account safety measures needed to help older people with faltering eyesight get around.

Ensuring your loved one’s home remains a familiar but safe and obstacle-free environment is also essential. The likes of non-slip carpets, for example (and yes, ditch those rugs on laminate flooring!), are just another of the everyday necessities to consider, to make sure home stays a happy and safe place.

Familiarity and consistency with dementia care at home

At the heart of the very best dementia care at home is your treasured family member, with a life well lived and with so much still to give, even in changed circumstances.

Our Pure Life home carers understand the crucial importance of this, and focus on this fundamental pillar of good care practice at all times.

We’re not talking a two-minute chat about the weather with the person in our care. Far from it. Friendship and familiarity, and a genuine, deep care for your loved one’s interests and feelings are a key part of the therapeutic process.

Chatting about family memories, old stories, hobbies, events, concerns, needs and much more are very much part of the picture. Our carers understand fully what a positive impact such consistency and familiarity can have upon the cared-for person’s ongoing quality of life in a home care environment.

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With the onset of dementia signs and symptoms, the seemingly mundane, simple, practical and daily needs of life can start to fall by the wayside or start to take on the appearance of insurmountable tasks.

And once these routine activities either diminish or disappear due to early dementia, it’s crucially important that, with help, normal everyday practical tasks resume and continue in the comfort of their own home.

This is where the real-life, all-round, human touch of our Pure Life home carers comes to the fore. This can be anything - and everything - from ensuring that your loved ones are always washed, bathed and dressed, helped with their bathroom ablutions, their teeth are cleaned and skincare and hair routines are maintained.

Maintaining as much mobility as possible within the diagnostic assessment and needs of the cared-for individual is also a major factor in our home dementia care plan. Physical activity in the house, under the caring supervision and guidance of our highly trained Pure Life home carers, can also have notably positive benefits for individuals with dementia.

The importance of nutrition and regular, balanced meals are likewise crucial, as our carers make sure your loved one’s homecare routine remains consistent under our expert help and guidance.

Good, home-cooked meals to the individual’s taste are a vital element in providing daily consistency, and the correct high level of practical care which your parents, grandparents or other family members requiring dementia care both need and deserve. For this, our Pure Life home carers are on hand to meet all such food shopping and cooking needs.

Alongside the practical needs of people requiring dementia care at home, the huge benefits of keeping the mind active should never be underestimated.

In fact, mental stimulation is one of the key components of the therapeutic process, which reaps hugely positive benefits for individuals.

Favourite hobbies, pastimes and interests can and should continue to be pursued by your loved ones, whenever and however possible.

The list isn’t exhaustive, naturally. But these might include storytelling, reminiscences, favourite memories and tales about family members, past holidays, significant moments while bringing up the family, sports, pets, books, films, music, work and family life, life experiences, history, old news stories and events. The sky is very much the limit when it comes to fostering and maintaining a meaningful and familiar home environment, full of warmth and proper communication between your loved one and their caring and empathetic Pure Life home carer.

What’s more, our care team crucially have the time, kindness and patience to make certain these chats are all conducted in a caring, comfortable and calming manner, with genuine familiarity, regularity and friendship.

The mentally stimulating benefits people with dementia can reap from favourite hobbies and games at home should similarly not be underestimated.

Arts and crafts, crosswords or perhaps a love of music, may well have played a significant part in your parents’, grandparents’ or other relatives’ lives before the onset of dementia. And with the hands-on help of our home carers they can continue to serve a purposeful and enjoyable role, despite the changes of life’s needs.

There are great physical, emotional and mental benefits to getting out and about, within the realms of the practical and the possible, for your loved ones in need of dementia care.

There are perhaps the regular social activities an individual might have always been used to, such as a trip to the hairdressers, a get together for a bingo session, music concerts, a pub lunch with friends and family, a walk in the park, or tea and cakes at a favourite social club.

And how about the life-enhancing goodness a little bit of variety can bring? These can take the shape of home carer-supervised outings, walks or even the likes of table-tennis classes or tai chi. The benefits to your loved ones’ wellbeing can be tangible, while giving lots of extra colour and interest to daily life.

It’s important to make certain that any medication needs are met, and there is always full and detailed regular communication between your loved ones’ home carer and other relevant medical professionals, such as doctors, community healthcare workers, nurses and occupational therapists. Pure Life carers always act on any such needs with the utmost professionalism, care and rigour.

You as family members, concerned that the highest levels of healthcare provision are a primary focus of your loved one’s care package, are emphatically involved in this collaborative process. Our home carers adhere to best practices at all times, for both your loved ones’ benefit and your own peace of mind.

Whether it’s a trip to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions, paperwork to fill in, the giving of medication, medical recommendations and changes in condition to be aware of: the liaising between family, Pure Life home carers, medical teams and healthcare providers is part and parcel of our effective and beneficial dementia care at home plan.

And it works wonders in helping people with dementia maintain the dignity and independence of a fulfilling life within the safety and comfort of their own home.