Dementia Live in Care

Dementia Live in Care

Understanding Dementia

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. Becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean that someone has dementia. Memory loss can be a normal part of ageing and it can also be a sign of depression or stress. Not drinking enough water throughout the day, or having a UTI, (urinary tract infection), also can lead to confusion and memory loss.

Dementia is caused by a number of different types of diseases to the brain, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Fronto-temporal dementia
  • Lewy body disease

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. They have similar symptoms but develop in different ways.

Our dementia live in care provision is a bespoke service for people to help them stay independent and remain in their own homes.

Dementia Care personalised to your needs

We have a Dementia Champion team.  Some of our admin staff are volunteers who help people understand what it’s like to live with dementia, encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information and ideas on how they can help.

We know that those living with dementia will maintain good relationships with partners and friends and often still enjoy their hobbies.  They benefit from the 24 hour presence of a live-in carer who can take them out to places of worship, community events, garden centres, or even a walk down the street. 

The live in carer will:

  • Provide help with all aspects of personal care during the live in care assignment
  • Facilitate socialisation and social activities e.g. visiting family/friends, walks, cinema/theatre, meals out, going for a drive (where required), reading, etc.
  • Monitor progress and recording notes on daily record sheets relating to the care and support given
  • Liaise with families or/and office team members to provide a consistent approach that meets the individual needs of each service user.
  • Provide general housekeeping e.g. cooking, shopping, domestic duties, etc., and helping Service Users to maintain all aspects of their domestic lives

Dementia Care Training

Our dementia-trained home carers provide full time care and companionship, whilst they are living in their homes with them; and are trained to build a supportive relationship over a number of weeks.  People still need to feel human love and affection. Our carers are taught to be patient and to offer reassurance and encourage a sense of security.  Unfortunately, sometimes those living with Dementia may not be able to express this need clearly. They may ask for certain things, but mean something else, especially with regard to emotional needs.

The carer may use some form of visual reminders, like an Activity Planner wallchart, to reinforce key activities throughout the day.  They may also collate historical information, from discussions with the person they are caring for, to construct a Life Story.  This Life Story will enable the care worker to engage the person with meaningful conversations involving people from past situations and events.

Sunshine Live in Care has a working relationship with the Dementia Action Alliance of over 150 organisations in England; who by sharing best practice, are able to take effective action on the many different dementia conditions. By working in partnership, we consult with people living with dementia, and those that care for them.

For several years we have been encouraging our live in carers to become Dementia Friends.  Register with the Alzheimer’s Society to become a Dementia Friend by using this link:

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/register-digital-friend

Further Information

You can obtain further information on Dementia by clicking on the links below:

NHS Dementia Guide

The Dementia Guide By Alzheimer’s Society 

Introduction to Dementia By Alzheimer’s Research UK 

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